The Batman Demos

Here are the demos for the Batman musical with lyrics transcribed from the original recordings. Some of these songs have since been performed by Meat Loaf, The Dream Engine (2006 live shows) and the "Bat Out Of Hell" musical.

Note: Some lyrics may be inaccurate.

Songs

Angels Arise/The Graveyard Shift
In The Land Of The Pig The Butcher Is King
Not Allowed To Love
The Joker's Song (Wonderful Toys)
The Catwoman's Song (I Need All The Love I Can Get)
We're Still The Children We Once Were
Cry To Heaven


Angels Arise/The Graveyard Shift
(The Opening Sequence)

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Nox Noctis Venit
Nox Noctis Venit
Tenebrae Tenebris Involvunt
Tenebrae Tenebris Involvunt
Salva Nos, Domine
Salva Nos, Domine

Come midnight's midnight
Come midnight's midnight
When the dark entwines with darkness
When the dark entwines with darkness
Save us O Lord
Save us
Save us

SALVATION ARMY WOMAN:
Angels arise
As night must fall and
Radiant eyes
Stare down
On us all

If the powers that be
Be beyond our call
Then angels arise
As the night must fall

CITIZENS:
I can hear the thunder roll
I can feel the lightning strike
Could a storm be on its way
How I wish it would stay light

It's so much better in the day
Everything seems safe and bright
Looks like it's gonna be a dark one tonight!
Looks like it's gonna be a dark one tonight!

WOMAN & STREETWALKER:
Come, come and cry
Cry, cry to heaven
Say a prayer and light a candle
Toll a bell

Come, come and cry
Cry unto heaven
And if your tears fall on deaf ears then
Go ahead
And cry like hell

CITIZENS:
Will the sirens never cease?
Will the fires fade away?
Gotham City is our home
But we fear the end of days

From the cradle to the grave
From the dawn to the last twilight
Looks like it's gonna be a dark one tonight
Looks like it's gonna be a dark one tonight

WOMAN, STREETWALKER & BOY SOPRANO:
Angels arise
As night must fall and
Glorious eyes stare down
On us all

If the powers that be
Be beyond our call
Then angels arise
As the night must surely, always, always

Fall...

Nox Noctis Venit
Nox Noctis Venit
Tenebrae Tenebris Involvunt
Tenebrae Tenebris Involvunt
Salva Nos, Domine
Salva Nos, Domine

Come midnight's midnight
Come midnight's midnight
When the dark entwines with darkness
When the dark entwines with darkness
Save us O Lord
Save us
Save us...

(INSTRUMENTAL)

BATMAN:
Hear the screams of the mad and desperate
Hear the cries of the lost and lonely
There are things that happen only in the dark

That's the sound of an old dream dying
And that's the birth of an original sin
There are things that happen only in the dark

And I see it all
I see it
All of the devils are rising
As all of the angels are starting to fall

Maybe it's a curse
Maybe it's a gift
But I see it all

I work the graveyard shift
I work the graveyard shift
I work the graveyard shift

God speed
God speed
God speed, speed us away

God speed
God speed
God speed, speed us away

God speed
God speed
God speed, speed us away
Safe home, safe-

Only in the dark all the criminals gather
Always searching for the ultimate crime
Chaos and corruption and annihilation
Infinite victims, infinitesimal time

And it's time to unleash the furies
Stop it now and draw a line in the sand
This is where all the evil festers
Only in the dark I will make my stand

And I see it all
I see it
All of the devils are rising
As all of the angels are starting to fall

Maybe it's a curse
Maybe it's a gift
But I see it all

I work the graveyard shift
I work the graveyard shift
I work the graveyard shift

God speed
God speed
God speed, speed us away

God speed
God speed
God speed, speed us away

God speed
God speed
God speed, speed us away
Safe home, safe home

God speed
God speed
God speed, speed us away

(INSTRUMENTAL)

The nightmares never end
I never sleep, I never wake
And after all these years I dedicate myself
To the memories of the innocent destroyed by crime

And to my parents who I buried
When I was only eight
To all the ghosts long departed
To all the ghosts who still wait

I swear, I vow
Right here, right now
All of the angels are falling
As all of the devils are starting to rise

Now the time has come
Now it's time to stop
Is there anybody here who does not hear these cries?

I work the graveyard shift...

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In The Land Of The Pig The Butcher Is King
(The Gotham City Officials)

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Look at them now
What do they want?
And what do they do now?
Nothing at all
They all live on so aimlessly

But what do they know?
What do they think?
And who do they tell?
Well, no one at all
Their lives are purely meaningless
And we are busy being blessed

With all that we can take and pocket
No one needs to know
We're the plug and they're the socket
Give us the juice and we'll glow

Can't you hear the choir now?
Listen to the animals sing
Can't you hear the slaughterhouse bells?
In the land of the pig the butcher is king!
In the land of the pig the butcher is king!

Can't you hear the choir now?
Listen to the marketplace sing
Can't you hear the slaughterhouse bells?
In the land of the pig the butcher is king!
In the land of the pig the butcher is king!

How do they sleep?
Their lives are all so tawdry
And they're nothing but trash
And we're the biggest trash collector

What do you expect?
They've got no standards
Perfect for us
We lower the bar
And we'll open up Pandora's Box
Pandora gave us keys and locks

And they're the victims
Waiting for their mugger
Come to the confessional
So I can tell you all to bugger off!
No time like now!

And we'll do it our way
Today in the USA
We know what to say
If you stand in our way
Don't stand in our way
That's our way
No time like today!

Can't you hear the choir now?
Listen to the amputees sing
Can't you hear the slaughterhouse bells?
In the land of the pig the butcher is king!
In the land of the pig the butcher is king!

Can't you hear the choir now?
Listen to the chosen ones sing
Can't you hear the slaughterhouse bells?
In the land of the pig the butcher is king!
In the land of the pig the butcher is king!

(INSTRUMENTAL)

In the land of the pig the butcher is king!
In the land of the pig the butcher is king!
In the land of the pig
The butcher is king...!

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Not Allowed To Love
(Batman & Catwoman)

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2005 Live Premiere @ Joe's Pub

Lyrics

BATMAN:
I'm not allowed to love
Not allowed to fall
It seems that after all
Some rules must be unbroken

I'm not allowed to swoon
Romanticize or croon
The beauty of your eyes
Must still remain unspoken

But my head will be unbowed
I'm certainly no fool
I'm no fool
For I know
I'll always be allowed
To find exceptions
To the rules

CATWOMAN:
I'm not allowed to love
Not amid career
There's just so little time
I can't afford to be wrong

I'm not allowed to cry
Tremble, whimper, sigh
These signs of weakness are avoided
I must be strong

But pessimism must be disavowed
Life couldn't be so cruel
Be so cruel
And I know
A girl must be allowed
To find exceptions
To the rules

(INSTRUMENTAL)

BATMAN & CATWOMAN:
But my head will be unbowed
I'm certainly no fool
I'm no fool
For I know
We'll always be allowed
To find exceptions
To the rules

BATMAN:
Say what you will
I'll hang on every word
I'll hang on every letter
But nothing's going to change the truth
My night is better
Nothing's going to change the truth
My night is better...

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The Joker's Song (Wonderful Toys)

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JOKER:
We are not amused!
Let me put it to you this way!

(Sung)
Where does Chicago get all that meat?
How does Venezuela get all their heat?
And where does Adidas find all their feet?
You'd like to know the answers now, wouldn't you boys?
Well, tell me, where does he get all those wonderful toys?!

Where do all the Disney folk get all their toons?
How did Davy Crockett capture all those coons?
Why are all my henchmen only second class goons?
If you know the answers then you make a joyful noise
And where does he get all those wonderful toys?!

How did Esmeralda get a hunchback to fall?
What exactly does a priest do when he answers the call?
How did Julius Caesar deal with all that Gaul?
Do you think I'm off my rocket, off the wagon, on a bender, on a tutti, on a roll?
I'm on a tear and on the wall!
And how did Abercrombie and Fitch come up with so many boys?
And where does he get all those wonderful, wonderful toys?!

I know what you're thinking, well, forget it! (Well, forget it!)
I know what you're planning, you'll regret it! (You'll regret it!)
I know who they are and where they've been and exactly what they're hoping to be!

They think they've been there, done that, seen it all, that's all they can see
Well, wait till they get a load of, get a load of me
Been there, done that, seen it all, that's all they can see
Well, wait till they get a load of, get a load of me

They think they've been there, done that, seen it all, that's all they can see
Well, wait till they get a load of, get a load of me
Been there, done that, seen it all, that's all they can see
Well, wait till they get a load of, get a load of me
(Repeat)

From the shores of Montezuma
To the halls of Timbuktuma

(Spoken)
Ugh! Timbuktuma?
Stop me before I rhyme again!

(Sung)
From the shores of Montezuma
To the tip of Timbuktu
You can see him everywhere these days
What did Batman do in Kathmandu?

(Spoken)
Ooh, what a rhyme!
Eat your heart out, Stephen Sondheim!

(Sung)
I think that Captain Hook deserves
Appreciation for the way
That he could handle all those
Imbecilic, nauseating, stupefying, putrefying, mortifying
Little lost boys!

(Spoken)
But that's clearly off the topic which is obviously:
Where did he get all those wonderful toys?!

(Sung)
Where do all the country clubs get all their goys?
Where do all the Yiddish folk get all of their "oys"?
How do you stay away from all the awful hoi-pollois?
And make a joyful noise?!

Where does he get all those?
Where does he get all those?
Where does he get all those?
Where does he get all those?
Where does he? Where does he?
Where does he? Where does he?
Where does he? Where does he?
Where does he? Where does he?

(Spoken)
Ooh, that's very easy for me to say!

(Sung)
Where does he get all those wonderful toys?!

(INSTRUMENTAL)

You'd like to know the secrets, well now, wouldn't you boys?
Well, where does he get all those wonderful toys?
You'd like to know the secrets, well now, wouldn't you boys?
Well, where does he get all those wonderful toys?

Been there, done that, seen it all, that's all they can see
Well, wait till they get a load of, get a load of me
Been there, done that, seen it all, that's all they can see
Well, wait till they get a load of, get a load of me
(Repeat)

(Spoken)
Ooh baby, that's what I like!
A Chantilly lace
And a pretty face
And a ponytail just hanging down
(I want a pony!)

Ooh, look at that one over there!
That's my beloved, my paramour!
Isn't she fine?
Well, to tell you the truth,
I hate every bone in her body except mine!
Oh well...

Father, I want to kill you!
Mother, I want to...
Ha! Ha! Ha!

Ooh, will this get me on TRL or MTV?
Ha! Ha! Ha!

Look out, rover!
And let Joker take over!
Ha! Ha! Ha!

Do! A deer! I killed that deer!
Ha! Ha! Ha!

Why don't you come up to the lab?
And see what's on the slab

Oh, look at her skin
Her skin's the colour mocha
Livin' La Vida Joker!
Ha! Ha! Ha!

(Sung)
Been there, done that, seen it all, that's all they can see
Well, wait till they get a load of, get a load of me
Been there, done that, seen it all, that's all they can see
Well, wait till they get a load of, get a load of me

(Spoken)
Will the real caped crusader
Please stand up
Please stand up
Please stand up

My name is...
My name is...
My name is...
Jose Jimenez!

The Joker has left the building!!!

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The Catwoman's Song (I Need All The Love I Can Get)

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Look! Look... Look...
She lies awash in beauty
Afloat in a river of crystal
Among waves of turquoise that sparkle like...
Diamonds!
Every precious jewel is a memento
A memento mori
A souvenir of death
No! Not a memento mori
A memento vitae
A memento of life
A many-side mirror
A prism, a prison for rainbows
Rainbow, rainbow
Remember O Catwoman that thou art dust
No, not dust!
Remember that you're going to live...to live!
Because you must
You must...you must...

(Sung)
Too dangerous to wear
Too beautiful to sell
A glinting glimpse of heaven
In the midst of all this hell

Memento mori
Grab everything you can
You can lose it all so suddenly
To the frozen face of death

Memento vitae
Just grasp it in your hand
You've got to live in beauteous life
A jewel, a heartbeat, a breath

Memento mori
Grab everything you can
They'll take it all away from you
You're left alone bereft

Memento vitae
Just clutch it in your hand
You can take it back, steal life away
From death, your greatest theft

And I need all the love I can get
And I need all the love that I can't get too
I need all the love I can get
And I need all the love that I can't get to...

The wind is sharp, it makes me shiver
The night's a promise but will it deliver?
The nothingness surrounds me
It makes me so reflective
I've got nine lives just like they said
And all of them defective

Forever I'll be collecting
Jewels and regrets
Forever is such a long, long time
And most of it hasn't even happened yet

And I need all the love I can get
And I need all the love that I can't get too
And I need all the love I can get
And I need all the love that I can't get to...

(INSTRUMENTAL)

And I need all the love I can get
And I need all the love that I can't get too
And I need all the love I can get
And I need all the love that I can't get to...

And I need all the love I can get
And I need all the love that I can't get too
And I need all the love I can get
And I need all the love that I can't get to

The wind is sharp and it makes me shiver
The night's a promise but will it deliver?
At times like this I'm so reflective
I've got nine lives and they're all defective

Too dangerous to wear
Too beautiful to sell
A glinting glimpse of heaven
In the midst of all this hell

Forever I'll be collecting
Precious jewels and regrets
Forever is such a long, long time
And most of it hasn't even happened yet...

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We're Still The Children We Once Were
(The Operatic Finale)

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BATMAN, CATWOMAN, YOUNG BRUCE & YOUNG SELINA:
We're still the children we were then
And we never found a way
We never did get home
Where's mommy, daddy, where'd they go?
They've left us here alone
And with all the arts we've mastered
And all the things we've known
Who's going to take us home?

We're still the children we were then
Who's going to take us home?
We're still the children we were then
Who's going to take us home?
Take us home

And I hope you know that after all these demons
Have passed and gone
There's always one more left
And we simply can't turn on the light
And we surely can't turn off the night
We can't find a way to get away
From how we've grown
Still waiting to go home

We're still the children we were then
Still waiting to go home
We're still the children we were then
Still waiting to go home
Still waiting to go home

I apologize for any histrionics
Reality can be a crashing bore
But if you really want something maudlin
All you do is march a broad in
And let emotions pour
Let emotions pour!

But now in all sincerity
Try not to be too rough on me
When adding up the score
Who did what and how, what for?
And with all this knowledge
How can we be so alone?
Some people never do get home

We're still the children we once were
Some people never do get home
We're still the children we once were
Some people never do get home
Some people never do get home
Some people never do get home

(INSTRUMENTAL)

And with all this knowledge
How can we be so alone?
Some people never do get home

We're still the children we were then
Some people never do get home
We're still the children we were then
Some people never do get home
Some people never do get home
Some people never do get home
Take me home...now

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Cry To Heaven
(Bonus)

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Cry, baby, cry
Cry, cry to heaven
Say a prayer and light a candle
Toll a bell

Cry, baby, cry
Cry, cry to heaven
And if that doesn't do it for you
Go ahead and cry like hell

(INSTRUMENTAL)

Cry, baby, cry
Cry, cry to heaven
Storm the castle, stem the tide
Rise above your cell

Cry, baby, cry
Cry, cry to heaven
And if that doesn't do it for you
Go ahead and cry like
Go ahead and cry like
Go ahead and cry like hell

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All songs by Jim Steinman

Angels Arise/The Graveyard Shift
Vocals: Emily Pulley & Jim Steinman
Piano: Steve Margoshes & Jim Steinman

In The Land Of The Pig The Butcher Is King
Vocals: Rob Evan & Elaine Caswell

Not Allowed To Love
Vocals: Marcus Lovett & Karine Hannah

Not Allowed To Love (2005 Live Premiere at Joe's Pub)
Vocals: Rob Evan & Mandy Gonzalez
Piano: Steve Margoshes

The Joker's Song (Wonderful Toys)
Vocals: Jim Steinman

The Catwoman's Song (I Need All The Love I Can Get)
Vocals: Jim Steinman & Karine Hannah

We're Still The Children We Once Were
Vocals: Jim Steinman

Cry To Heaven (Bonus)
Vocals: Kyle "Scarpia" Gordon

Apologies in advance if downloads don't work.

Special thanks to Jim Steinman for originally making the demo tracks available through the Jim Steinman blog.

Image (May 1995 Shadow of the Bat #38) by Brian Stelfreeze