Tango:  Maureen
Music:  Jonathan Larson
Lyrics:  Jonathan Larson

(Scene:  Field of clover in Ruatha.  Day.  A stage is being set for CHARLOTTE's protest.  ARION is fighting with a bullhorn.  CONNOR arrives.)

ARION
Connor?

CONNOR
Hi

ARION
I told her not to call you

CONNOR
That's Catalina
But can I help since I'm here?

ARION
I hired an engineer

CONNOR
Great!
Well, nice to have met you

ARION
Wait!
She's three hours late
The samples won't delay
But the cable

CONNOR
There's another way
Say something - anything

ARION
(into the bullhorn)
Test - one, two three

CONNOR
Anything but that

ARION
This is weird

CONNOR
It's weird

ARION
Very weird

CONNOR
Fuckin' weird

ARION
I'm so mad
That I don't know what to do
Fighting with notes and tones
Freezing down to my bones
And to top it all off
I'm with you

CONNOR
Feel like going insane?
Got a fire in your brain?
And you're thinking of drinking kerosene?

ARION
As a matter of fact

CONNOR
Willy, I know this act
It's called the 'Tango of Cat'
The Tango of Cat
It's a dark, dizzy merry-go-round
As she keeps you dangling

ARION
You're wrong

CONNOR
Your heart she is mangling

ARION
It's different with me

CONNOR
And you toss and you turn
'Cause her cold eyes can burn
Yet you yearn and you churn and rebound

ARION
I think I know what you mean

BOTH
The Tango of Catalin

CONNOR
Has she ever pouted her lips
And called you 'Pookie'

ARION
Never

CONNOR
Have you ever doubted a kiss or two?

ARION
This is spooky
Did you swoon when she walked through the door?

CONNOR
Every time - so be cautious

ARION
Did she moon over other boys?

CONNOR
More than moon

ARION
I'm getting nauseous

(ARION and CONNOR spar with pieces of CHARLOTTE's equipment.)

ARION
She cheated

CONNOR
She cheated

ARION
Tabby cheated

CONNOR
Fuckin' cheated

ARION
I'm defeated
I should give up right now

CONNOR
Gotta look on the bright side
With all of your might

ARION
I'd fall for her still anyhow

BOTH
When you're dancing her dance
You don't stand a chance
Her grip of romance
Make you fall

CONNOR
So you think, 'Might as well'

ARION
"Dance a tango to hell"

BOTH
At least I'll have tangoed at all
The Tango of Cat
Gotta dance till your diva is through
You pretend to believe her
Cause in the end you can't leave her
But the end it will come
Still you have to play dumb
Till you're glum and you bum
And turn blue

CONNOR
Why do we love when she's mean?

ARION
And she can be so obscene

BOTH
The Tango Catalin
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