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25 Cents (the end is near)


25 Cents (the end is near) from "Nostalgia Kills"

Do any of you know or remember "Times Square", the 1980 movie?

It was a total box office failure and had a lot of problems, but I loved it.

One thing truly great about it is that it was one of the first girl buddy movies. There weren't many girl buddy movies until then. Also, it kind of suggested, although it just danced around it, that there might have been a homoerotic component to the relationship. It was the story of girl connected in an uncertain way, with an other-side-of-the-tracks theme, and the potential of this odd romance -- and it was punky. Plus it had Tim Curry in it!

Steve Cosson, the actor and director who founded the Civilians, the great project in what he calls "investigative theater," came to me and Robin Eaton with the idea to write a stage musical version of Times Square. Hell yes! As I was working on it, I started to feel like I was one of the characters -- I felt like I was the innocent girl from Connecticut who runs away to bad New York City and falls into a crazy life with a crazy bad girl. The songs were written for the characters, but they were written for myself, too, because I saw myself in the characters, and I saw the characters in myself.

The song "25 Cents" is the closing song in the show, so it's all about the end arriving -- nostalgia kills. The end of romance, the end of an era. It's also a love song for the city I remembered when I first visited New York City.

Before getting off the bus at Port Authority, I was warned to hold onto my purse very tight and close, as well as to not talk to strangers who were probably there to either pickpocket, sell me drugs, turn me into a prostitute. or take out my kidneys. This was 1980.

Despite the imagined and real danger, I was transfixed. This was amazing! This was just like Taxi Driver or Kojak! Five years later, I got the nerve to actually move to the big city.

side note: I still have both kidneys.

THE END IS NEAR THE SIGNS ARE CLEAR

THE ALLEY CATS HAVE DISAPPEARED

THEY FORESEE THE WRECKING BALLS.

OUR SACRED HALLS, THEY ALL WILL FALL

BID FAREWELL TO THIS NOBLE BOOTH

AKE MY HEADPHONES OFF AND RAISE MY GLASS TO

HOT SPUR MASSACRE DOUBLE PLEASURE

TWENTY FIVE CENTS. TWENTY FIVE CENTS

MY CUP OF COFFEE AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON

TWENTY FIVE CENTS TWENTY FIVE CENTS

THE PEEP SHOW LOVELIES THE PUSSYCAT PALACE

TWENTY FIVE CENTS * TWENTY FIVE CENTS

THEY’RE COMING HERE TO CLEANSE OUR SOULS

WITH DYNAMITE BLASTS LEAVING DEEP DEEP HOLES.

SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR DEALER YOUR PIMPS AND FREAKS THERE’S REAL FOLKS NOW COMIN’ THROUGH OUR STREETS

SAY GOODBYE TO:

A WORLD OF FUN, SHOCKING VIOLENCE

FOR TWENTY FIVE CENTS * TWENTY FIVE CENTS

PUT YOUR QUARTER IN THE SLOT

AND YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE

TWENTY FIVE CENTS * TWENTY FIVE CENTS

LIVE LIVE LIVE TRIPLE X

THE BOY ON THE CORNER WITH HIS MARILYN DRESS

WARMTH IN THE SUBWAY IS GETTING COLDER

THIS JUNK DOG’S HEART BEATS A LITTLE SLOWER

NOW THEY’RE TELLING ME WHICH SONGS TO PLAY

IT’S TIME FOR ME TO JUST FADE AWAY

HOT SPUR MASSACRE DOUBLE PLEASURES

TWENTY FIVE CENTS * TWENTY FIVE CENTS

MY CUP OF COFFEE AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON

THE PEEP SHOW LOVELIES THE PUSSYCAT PALACE.

TWENTY FIVE CENTS * TWENTY FIVE CENTS

PUT A QUARTER IN THE SLOT AND YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE…

Sobule/Eaton

#timessquare #1970sNewYork #1970sTimeSquare #DirtyNYC1980s #TheDuece

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