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Down Once More / Track Down This Murderer Lyrics

from The Phantom of the Opera

"Down Once More / Track Down This Murderer" is track #13 on the album The Phantom of the Opera.
"Down Once More / Track Down This Murderer" is track #13 on the album The Phantom of the Opera.

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PHANTOM
Down once more to the dungeon of my black despair!
Down we plunge to the prison of my mind!
Down that path into darkness deep as hell!
(He rounds on her, bitterly)
Why, you ask, was I bound and chained
in this cold and dismal place?
Not for any mortal sin, but the
wickedness of my abhorrent face!

(Faintly)
Track down this murderer, he must be found!
Track down this murderer, he must be found!

PHANTOM
Hounded out by everyone, met with hatred everywhere
No kind words from anyone, no compassion anywhere (sobs) Christine. (says) Why? Why!?

GIRY
Your hand at the level of your eyes (echoed by RAOUL and a CHOIR)

CHRISTINE
Have you gorged yourself at last in your lust for blood?
Am I now to be prey to your lust for flesh?

PHANTOM
That fate which condemns me to wallow in blood, has also denied me the joys of the flesh.
This face this infection which poisons our love.
This face which earned a mothers fear and loathing.
A mask, my first unfeeling scrap of clothing
Pity comes to late, turn around and face your fate!
An eternity of THIS (points viciously to face) before your eyes.

CHRISTINE
This haunted face holds no horror for me now.
It's in your soul that the true distortion lies.

PHANTOM
Wait! I think, my dear, we have a guest! Sir! This is indeed, an unparalleled delight. I had rather hoped that you would come. And now my wish comes true, you have truly made my night.

RAOUL
Free her! Do what you like only free her! Have you no pity?

PHANTOM (Dryly to CHRISTINE)
Your lover makes a passionate plea.

CHRISTINE
Please, Raoul it's useless

RAOUL
I love her, does that mean nothing?
I love her, show some compassion!

PHANTOM (rounds on him)
The world showed no compassion to me!

RAOUL
Christine, Christine, let me see her!

PHANTOM
Be my guest sir!
Monsieur I bid you welcome.
Did you think that I would harm her?
Why would I make her pay for the sins which are yours!

(captures RAOUL and pins him to the gate)

Order your fine horses now!
Raise your hand to the level of your eyes!
Nothing can save you now...
Except perhaps Christine...
Start a new life with me!
Buy his freedom with your love,
Refuse me and you send your lover to his death!
This is the choice,
This is the point of no return!

CHRISTINE
The tears I might have shed for your dark fate grow cold,
And turn to tears of hate!

RAOUL
Christine forgive me please forgive me! I did it all for you and all for nothing.

Christine: Farewell my fallen idol and false friend. We had such hopes and now those hopes are shattered!

Phantom: To late for turning back. To late for prayers and useless pity.

Raoul: Say you love him and my life is over.For either way you choose he has to win.

Phantom: Past the point of no return, no use in fighting. For either way you choose you cannot win.

Phantom:So do you end your days with me or do you send him to his grave?

Raoul: Why make her lie to you to save me?

Christine: Angel of music you deceived me. Why do you curse mercy?

Phantom: Past the point of no return. The final threshold......

Raoul: Christine say no. Say no. Don't throw your life away for my sake. I fought so hard to free you.

Christine: Angel of music, You deceived me, I gave my mind blindly

Phantom: You try my patience. Make your choice.

Christine: Pitiful creature of darkness. What kind of life have you known? God give me courage to show you you are not alone!(She Kisses Him Long on the lips while Raoul watches in horror)

Fainted Echo
Track down this murderer-
he must be found

Phantom:
Take her forget me - forget all of this
Leave me alone- forget all you've seen
Go now- don't let them find you
Take the boat- swear to never to tell the secret you know of the angel in hell
Go now..... Go now and leave me.
(The phantom is in his room listening to his music box and begins to sing)
Phantom:
Masquerade....
Paper faces on parade....
Masquerade....
Hide your face so the world will
never find you...
(Christine re-enters the room and walks slowly towards him. She takes off her ring and gives it to the Phantom)
Phantom:Christine I love you.....

Christine/Raoul:(in the distance to):
Say you'll share with me, one love, one lifetime....
say the word and i will follow you...
Share each day with me.... each night... each morning....

Phantom: You alone can make my song take flight- it's over now the music of the night.....

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