Tributes

Jim Steinman fan Scaramouche wrote the following songs inspired by Jim's unproduced Batman musical. The title "I'll Decorate This City, In Ribbons Of Blood" actually comes from a song title Jim talked about in the 80s.

Songs

I'll Decorate This City, In Ribbons Of Blood
Dark Entwined With Darkness (Is All I Ever See)
The Graveyard Shift


I'll Decorate This City, In Ribbons Of Blood
(The Joker's Song)

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JOKER:
God Damn the Batman! And god damn, all his god damn wonderful toys! Where does he get 'em boys? Where does he get 'em?

An just what have I gotta do, for one sweet little victory, eh? Just one sweet, miserable little victory, for good ol', little ol', Joker.

God damn the Batman! How he tortures me in so many ways, so many hours, and so many days...

Well fuck him, and fuck this city! Look at it! A cesspit of the filthiest filth, and the darkest of darks, the blackest of blacks and the greyest of greys...oh god, a city of black & grey. I'm so sick of black & grey! Who would have thought it was Christmas?

Ah yes, Christmas, I almost forgot. It's Christmas boys, I almost forgot. But I'm so sick of black & grey. I need to colourize this city...it's Christmas after all...what can I do, what CAN I do?

Yes! I have it boys, I bloody well have it...oooooh does anybody ever dream like this anymore? Gather round boys, I have it...now listen...LISTEN!

(Sung)
I'll decorate this city, in ribbons of blood
On ev'ry single avenue, in ev'ry darkened street
I'll decorate this city, in ribbons of blood
With ev'ry beating heart I pull, from ev'ry soul I meet

'Cos killing is my business, and business is good
I'll hunt 'em all down, in ev'ry damn neighbourhood

So Merry Christmas Gotham City, hope you like what I do!
Merry Christmas Gotham, it's my one gift to you!
Merry Christmas, Gotham City, hope you drown in my flood!
As I decorate this city, in ribbons, ribbons of blood!

I'll decorate this city, in ribbons of blood
I'll butcher ev'rything that moves, an feast on ev'ry yell
I'll decorate this city, in ribbons of blood
Just watch the gore-fest I create, a nightmare worse than hell

'Cos killing is my business, it gives me such a thrill
A never-ending orgasm, I savour ev'ry kill

So Merry Christmas Gotham City, hope you like what I do!
Merry Christmas Gotham, it's my one gift to you!
Merry Christmas, Gotham City, hope you drown in my flood!
As I decorate this city, in ribbons, ribbons of blood!

Kill 'em all, kill 'em all, amputate, disembowel
Fuck 'em all, fuck 'em all, slice 'n' dice, hear them howl
Fuck 'em all, fuck 'em all, kill them all!

Amputate...(Gooood)
Disembowel...(That's right)
Slice 'n' dice...(So naughty, but nice)
Hear them howl...Hear them howl...(Yes boys, I love it!)

Killing is my business, an tonight I'll play my games,
I've got a cemetery of tombstones, and they're waiting for your names

So Merry Christmas Gotham City, hope you like what I do!
Merry Christmas Gotham, it's my one gift to you!
Merry Christmas, Gotham City, hope you drown in my flood!
As I decorate, this city, in ribbons
As I decorate, this city, in ribbons
As I decorate, this city, in ribbons...
In ribbons, in ribbons, in ribbons
In ribbons, in ribbons, in ribbons, in ribbons...

(Spoken)
Oooooh...Does anybody ever dream like this anymore

(Sung)
Ribbons of blood

Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way
We'll slice 'n' dice, they'll run like mice, The Joker loves to play, oh...
(Repeat & Fade)

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Dark Entwined With Darkness (Is All I Ever See)
(Batman's Soliloquy)

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REPORTER 1:
Three murders, four stabbings & two armed robberies, and all before lunch folks. Just another glorious day in Gotham, yesterday.

As the city spirals into darkness, people are now asking 'where is the Batman when you really need him?'

REPORTER 2:
More breaking news from downtown Gotham. In the last hour, yet another armed bank robbery by the notorious Joker & his crew.

On entering the bank, not only did the Police find an empty vault and three dead security guards, but sprayed in red across all the walls was the chilling message, 'I'm gonna decorate this city in ribbons of blood.'

REPORTER 3:
Over in Arkham last night it really was a case of the lunatics taking over the asylum.

A mass breakout of 81 inmates from the infamous prison left 5 guards dead and 16 injured, along with millions of dollars worth of damage.

Police report that 17 inmates have been recaptured leaving 64 of the most, maddest, baddest, criminally insane freaks, that you'll ever likely to meet, still on the loose & stalking the streets of Gotham.

Lock up your daughters folks, looks like it's gonna be a dark one tonight...

BATMAN (Sung):
Dark entwined with darkness, is all I ever see
Alone embracing loneliness, is all I'll ever be
Save me o' lord, from these demons inside my head
Save me o' lord, I'm alive but feel so dead

There are so many nights that just never end
So many souls, I have to defend
An why must there be, so much evil in this place?
An why have all the angels, disappeared without a trace?

The future just ain't what it used to be
An I'm so tired of feeling this way
Am I ever gonna sleep?

Someone's opened up Pandora's Box
In the heart of the city I love
Look at all the madness & mayhem that rules
So many devils with a glint in their eyes
They're always dancing in the pale moonlight
Listen to the laughter, of all the jokers & fools
Someone's opened up Pandora's Box
Let every sin fly free!
An dark entwined with darkness, is all I ever see.

There are so many beasts that go bump in the night
So many dreams that fade with the light
An how do we live, always under the gun?
How do we endure, as our city comes undone?

The future just ain't what it used to be
An I'm so tired of fighting the pain
Am I ever gonna sleep?

Someone's opened up Pandora's Box
In the heart of the city I love
Look at all the chaos, corruption & greed
So many lunatics are prowling the streets
It's yet another stark raving night
Close your eyes and pray, for the asylums have started to breed
Someone's opened up Pandora's Box
Let every sin fly free!
An dark entwined with darkness, is all I ever see.

For crying out loud, is anybody getting outta here alive?
For crying out loud, do we even stand a ghost of a chance?
For crying out loud, is there any hope left in hell?
For crying out loud (all the churches)
For crying out loud (all the churches)
For crying out loud, toll a bell

Someone's opened up Pandora's Box
In the heart of the city I love
Look at all the anger & hatred that burns (with a rage, corroding to dust)
So many renegades are earning their stripes
With the slash and the twist of a blade
Here they come again
An orgy of violence & lust
Somebody's opened up Pandora's Box
Now every sin is free!
An dark entwined with darkness, is all I ever see.

Save me o' lord, can't you hear my desperate plea?
Is dark entwined with darkness, all I'll ever see?

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The Graveyard Shift
(Batman's Opening Song)

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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

An that's the sound of an old dream dying
An that's the birth of an original sin
These are things that happen always in the dark

And I see it all
The evils that lurk in the hearts of men
Oh god I see them all
They're stalking in the shadows
They're prowling like a ravenous beast
They're moving 'in for the kill' and Gotham City's where they feast

An maybe I've been cursed
Or maybe it's a gift
But I see it all
As I work the Graveyard Shift
For it's a vow I've made, until the day I die
In a city that never sleeps, neither will I, neither must I

Hear the pleas of the fallen angels
Hear the howls of the demons rising
There are things that happen only in the night

An that's the growl of a storm approaching
An that's the death of an innocent life
These are things that happen always in the night

And I see it all
The nightmares that haunt all our blood-stained streets
Oh god I see them all
They're creeping in the darkness
They're howling like a loon in a cage
They're always 'outta control' and Gotham City's where they rage

An maybe I've been cursed
Or maybe it's a gift
But I see it all
As I work the Graveyard Shift
For it's a vow I've made, until the day I die
In a city that never sleeps, neither will I, neither must I

God doesn't answer many prayers around here
He just sits back and lets it all be
I said god doesn't answer many prayers around here
He leaves it all up to me
I guess it's all up to me

An maybe I've been cursed
Or maybe it's a gift
But I see it all
As I work the Graveyard Shift
For it's a vow I've made, until the day I die
In a city that never sleeps, neither will I

And now the time has come
To be brave and be swift
So that maybe one day, I won't have to, work the Graveyard Shift
But until that day, I'll stand alone and defy
In this city that never sleeps, neither will I, neither must I

GOTHAMITES:
God Speed
God Speed
God Speed
All the evil away (Gotham City is our home)

God Speed (Gotham City is our home)
God Speed (Gotham City is our home)
God Speed
All the evil away

(COUNTERPOINT)

GOTHAMITES:
God Speed
God Speed
God Speed
All the evil away (Gotham City is our home)

God Speed (Gotham City is our home)
God Speed (Gotham City is our home)
God Speed
All the evil away (Gotham City is our home)

God Speed (Gotham City is our home)
God Speed (Gotham City is our home)
God Speed
All the evil away

BATMAN:
An maybe I've been cursed
Or maybe it's a gift
But I see it all

An maybe I've been cursed
Or maybe it's a gift
But I see it all

An maybe I've been cursed
Or maybe it's a gift
But I see it all

(END OF COUNTERPOINT)

GOTHAMITES:
Spe-eed all the e-e-vil away
Speed all the evil away!

BATMAN:
Maybe I've been cursed
Maybe it's a gift
But I see it all
I work the Graveyard Shift

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Image (Batman Inferno) by Jeremy Roberts