You know we'll meet with confrere
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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:(The photographers have finished; Chou ushers
them out into the hall. When he returns he sits a
little straighter, as do the President and Dr. Kissinger.
Only Chairman Mao continues to lean back, his arms
over the chairís arms, as the conversation moves on)
You know weíll meet with your confrere
the Democratic candidate if he should win.
That is a fate
we hope you wonít have to endure.
Iíd like to make another tour as President.
Youíve got my vote.
I back the man whoís on the right.
Whoís in the right you mean.
What they put forward
we put through.
I like right-wingers:
No, not De Gaulle. Iím loath
to file him in that pigeonhole.
But Germanyís another tale.
Weíve more than once led the right wing
forward while text-book cadres swung
back into goose-step, home at last.
How your most rigid theorist
revises as he goes along!
Now youíre referring to Wang Ming,
Chiang, Chang Kuo-tao and Li Li-san.
I spoke generally.
The line we take now is a paradox.
Among the followers of Marx the extreme left,
tend to be fascist.
And the far right?
True Marxism is called that by
the extreme left.
Occasionally the true left calls
a spade a spade and tells the left itís right.
that thereís a certain well-known tree
that grows from nothing in a day,
lives only as a sapling,
dies just at its prime,
when good men raise
it as their idol.
Not the cross?
The Liberty Tree. Let it pass.
I was a riddle, not a test.
The revolution does not last.
It is duration ... the regime
survives in that, and not in time.
While it is young in us it lives;
we can save it, it never saves.
And yours will last a thousand years.
Founders come first,
Fishers of men.
An organized oblivion.
Let us not be misled.
The Yellow Crane has flown abroad.
Think of what we have lost and gained
The current trend suggests
that Chinaís future might...
Might break the Futures Market.
That would be a break.
No doubt our plunge into the New York Stock Exchange
will line some pockets here and there.
Will these investments be secure?
No. Not precisely.
Thereís the catch.
You donít want China to be rich.
You want to bring your boys back home.
What if we do? Is that a crime?
Our armies do not go abroad.
Why should they?
We have all we need:
new missionaries, businesslike,
survey the field and the attack,
promise to change our rice to bread,
and wash us in our brothersí blood,
** and give us beads **
and crucify us on a cross of usury.
After them come the Green Berets,
insuring their securities.
Where it the Chinese peopleís faith?
The peopleís faith?
Another myth to sell bonds.
Itís worked well for you.
The people are determined to divide the land
to make it whole.
Piecing the broken Golden Bowl
the world to come has come, is theirs.
We cried "Long live the Ancestors!",
once, itís "Long live the Living!" now.
History holds her breath.
We know the great silent majority
will bide its time.
There youíve got me. Iím lost.
The Chairman means the dead.
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