Once And For All (Menken Alan)

This is the story you wanted to write Well, tonight is the night that you can Just get this done and by dawn's early light You can finish the fight you began This time we're in it to stay Think about seizing the day Think of that train As she rolls into old Santa Fe ... Tell 'em I'm on my way. See old man Pulitzer snug in his bed He don't care if we're dead or alive Three satin pillows are under his head While we're begging for bread to survive Joe, if you're still counting sheep Wake up and read 'em and weep! You got your thugs with their sticks and their slugs Yeah, but we got a promise to keep! Once and for all Something tells me the tide will be turning Once and for all There's a fire inside me that won't stop burning Now that the choices are clear Now that tomorrow is hear Watch how the mighty will fall For once and for all! This is for kids shining shoes on the street With no shoes on their feet every day This is for guys sweating blood in the shops While the bosses and cops look away This is to even the score This ain't just newsies no more This ain't just kids with some pie in the sky This is do it or die This is war! Once and for all We'll be there to defend one another Once and for all Every kid is our friend Every friend, a brother Five thousand fists in the sky! Five thousand reasons to try! We're going over the wall Better to die than to crawl Either we stand or we fall For once ... once and for all