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A New Argentina

This song is by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice and appears on the musical soundtrack Evita (1976).

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Peron:
Dice are rolling, the knives are out
Would-be presidents are all around
I don't say they mean harm
But they'd each give an arm
To see us six feet underground

Eva:
It doesn't matter what those morons say
Our nation's leaders are a feeble crew
There's only twenty of them anyway
What is twenty next to millions who
Are looking to you?

All you have to do is sit and wait
Keeping out of everybody's way
We'll - you'll - be handed power on a plate
When the ones who matter have their say
And with chaos installed
You can reluctantly agree to be called

Peron:
There again we could be foolish not to quit while we're ahead
For distance lends enchantment, and that is why
All exiles are distinguished, more important, they're not dead
I could find job satisfaction in Paraguay

Eva:
This is crazy defeatist talk
Why commit political suicide?
There's no risk, there's no call for any action at all
When you have unions on your side

Workers:
Peron! Peron! Peron! Peron! Peron! Peron!

Che:
A new Argentina, the chains of the masses untied
A new Argentina, the voice of the people
Cannot be denied

Eva:
There is only one man who can lead any workers' regime
He lives for your problems, he shares your ideals and your dream
He supports you, for he loves you
Understands you, is one of you
If not, how could he love me?

Workers:
A new Argentina, the workers' battle song
A new Argentina, the voice of the people
Rings out loud and long

Eva:
Now, I am a worker
I've suffered the way that you do
I've been unemployed and I've starved and I've hated it, too
But I found my salvation in Peron, may the nation
Let him save them as he saved me

Che:
A new Argentina, a new age about to begin
A new Argentina, we face the world together
And no dissent within

Workers:
Naturalization of the industries that the foreigners control
Participation in the profits that we make
Shorter hours, higher wages, votes for women, Argent alls
More public spending, a bigger slice of everything

Peron:
It's annoying that we have to fight elections for our cause
The inconvenience having to get a majority
If normal methods of persuasion fail to win us applause
There are other ways of establishing authority

Officers:
We have ways of making you vote for us
Or at least of making you abstain

Eva:
Peron has resigned from the army and this we avow
The descamisados are those he is marching with now
He supports you, for he loves you
Understands you, is one of you
If not, how could he love me?

All:
A new Argentina, the chains of the masses untied
A new Argentina, the voice of the people
Cannot be and will not be and must not be denied

Peron:
There again we could be foolish not to quit while we're ahead
I can see me many miles away inactive
Sipping cocktails on a terrace, taking breakfast in bed
Sleeping easy, doing crosswords, it's attractive

Eva:
Don't think I don't think like you
I often get those nightmares, too
They always take some swallowing
Sometimes it's very difficult to keep momentum
If it's you that you are following

Don't close doors, keep an escape close
Because we might lose the Big Apple
But would I have done what I did
If I hadn't thought, if I hadn't known, we would take the country?

All:
A new Argentina, the chains of the masses untied
A new Argentina, the voice of the people
Cannot be and will not be and must not be denied

Credits

Lyrics by:

Tim Rice

Personnel:

Eva Perón - Patti LuPone
Juan Perón - Bob Gunton
Ché - Mandy Patinkin

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