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Quartet
  • Quartet
  • Anthony Warlow, Philip Quast, Marina Prior
  • The Secret Garden Original Australian Cast
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Random audio today:

“Quartet” from The Secret Garden, the original Australian Cast starring Anthony Warlow, Philip Quast and Marina Prior.

The song is just so poignantly beautiful.

The following is from the complete book.

SCENE TWO
                       ARCHIBALD’S DRESSING ROOM

DR. CRAVEN comes into ARCHIBALD’S dressing room. ARCHIBALD enters and starts to pack.

                                 DR. CRAVEN
Archie, you must tell me what we are to do with Mary. She goes where she wants to go, and does what she wants to do. I cannot hope to succeed with Colin’s treatment if she is allowed to sneak into his room and disturb him. You must send her away before she undoes everything we have tried to do.

                                 ARCHIBALD
I can’t send her away, Neville. She has no one on the earth but me.
Can’t you keep her outside? She likes the gardens, I believe.

                                DR. CRAVEN
What are you doing, Archie?

                                 ARCHIBALD
I’m leaving, Neville. You have things well in hand here.

                                DR. CRAVEN
Well in hand? Haven’t you heard anything I’ve just said?

                                 ARCHIBALD
And last night, [MUSIC CUE #20: QUARTET] I dreamed I walked through the
maze to Lily’s garden,
and saw Lily and Mary standing there. Mary, standing right there in Lily’s
garden. I turned away?
I couldn’t watch … I was afraid.

                                DR. CRAVEN
WHY WON’T HE SAY WHAT HE WANTS,
WHY MUST HE SPEAK IN DREAMS?
WHY CAN’T HE SEE WHAT HE WANTS?
TO DISAPPEAR, IT SEEMS.

HE SHOULD SEND THIS HAUNTED GIRL FAR AWAY,
LEAVE THE HOUSE AND LANDS TO ME ….

          (ARCHIBALD continues his dream, IN SONG.)

                                 ARCHIBALD
I WATCHED THEM WALK AROUND THE GARDEN
SHE STOOD TALL, GROWN STRONG AND BOLD
THEN THEY TURNED, AND ASKED MY PARDON
I COULDN’T SPEAK, MY HEART GROWN COLD.

                                DR. CRAVEN
WHY CAN’T HE SEE WHAT HE WANTS?
HE WANTS THE PAST UNDONE.
WHY CAN’T HE KNOW WHAT HE WANTS?
HIS LOSING BATTLES WON.
TO HAVE NEVER LOVED HER, NEVER KNOWN,
HOW COMPLETE A LOSS CAN BE.

IF SHE COULD DISAPPEAR HE’D START AGAIN,
AND LIVE LIKE OTHER MEN. HE COULD BE HAPPY THEN.

IF SHE WOULD DISAPPEAR HE COULD BE FREE,
CUT OFF FROM PAIN AND LOSS, A BIT LIKE ME.

          (LILY and ROSE appear.)

                                   ROSE
You can’t marry this Archibald. He’s a gloomy miserable cripple
who hides himself away in that horrible house. You’ve said it yourself,
he can’t believe you love him. And neither can I!

                                   LILY
No one is asking for your approval, Rose.

                                   ROSE
If you don’t care what happens to you, think about your children.
Do you want your children to be crippled as well?

                                   LILY
I will marry him.


                                 (QUARTET)

DR. CRAVEN                                        ROSE.
I CAN ARRANGE
WHAT HE WANTS.                          DON’T DO THIS.
HE’S LEFT IT ALL
TO ME.                                  DON’T WED HIM.
NOW HE CAN HAVE
WHAT HE WANTS.                          DON’T BED HIM.
UNFETTERED
HE WILL BE.                                       DON’T DO THIS.
SET HIM FREE                            SET HIM FREE?

TO WANDER
THROUGH THE                             THROUGH THE
WORLD                                   WORLD
LET HIM GO HIS                          LET HIM GO HIS
LONELY WAY.                                       LONELY WAY.


ARCHIBALD                               LILY
AND THEN I LONGED
TO JOIN THEM, KNOW
THE PEACE THEY FEEL,                              NOW THAT I LOVE HIM
THEIR JOURNEY DONE
THEN I WOKE, ONCE                       I WILL LIVE FOR HIM
MORE WITHOUT HER,
KNEW I MUST                                       LIVE JUST TO LOVE HIM.
WANDER ON AND?

                                        ROSE
ON I GO.                                I WON’T
                                        FORGIVE YOU,
                                        WON’T SEE YOU
                                        LIVE THERE.
LIFE TO FIND                                      LILY, I SWEAR,
                                        I’LL NEVER SEE YOU.


DR. CRAVEN                    ROSE                ARCHIBALD           LILY
JUST TO                                                     DO WHAT YOU
DISAPPEAR                                                             WILL
IS TO BE FREE,                                              THEN, I’LL
CUT OFF             CUT OFF             CUT OFF FROM        NEVER LEAVE
FROM PAIN                     FROM                PAIN                HIM
                    PAIN
CUT OFF
FROM PAIN
I’LL HELP HIM                 CUT OFF             CUT OFF FROM        CUT
OFF
                    FROM                PAIN                 FROM PAIN
                    PAIN
DISAPPEAR                     NOW YOU             DISAPPEAR
HOW CAN I
                    MUST                                    LEAVE
AND START                     LEAVE HIM
HIM?
AGAIN,

AND LIVE LIKE       YES, YOU                                I’LL NEVER
                    MUST                                    LEAVE HIM
                    LEAVE HIM.
OTHER MEN,                    YOU MUST            LEAVE LOSS
NOR E'ER
                    BELIEVE                                 DECEIVE
                    ME.                                     HIM

HE COULD BE
HAPPY THEN                    LILY                BEHIND ME
ROSE, I
                    PROMISE.                                PROMISED.
JUST TO             NOW YOU             LIVE UNSEEN,        NEVER TO
DISAPPEAR                     MUST                                    LEAVE
HIM
                    LEAVE
                    HIM
IS TO BE FREE.      YOU MUST                                NO, I WON’T
                    BELIEVE             DISAPPEAR                     LEAVE
          HIM
                    ME.
DISAPPEAR                     I AM                DISAPPEAR
I AM
                    THINKING                                THINKING

ROSE/LILY.
OF THE CHILDREN
I AM THINKING OF THE CHILDREN
I AM THINKING OF THE CHILDREN

          (LILY and ROSE exit.)

                                 ARCHIBALD
I shan’t be gone long. Perhaps just till the autumn.

                                DR. CRAVEN
And Mary?

                                 ARCHIBALD
I’ll write her a note from Paris.

                                DR. CRAVEN
You wouldn’t be sending Mary away, Archie. Only giving her the
education she deserves. I feel quite certain that Albert and Rose
wouldn’t want the girl to grow up just wandering around.


                                 ARCHIBALD
Yes, I see. Well, then … perhaps you should look into a few schools.
Someplace she could learn to sing would be pleasant. I’ll leave it all in
your hands, Neville.
Now, I’ll go look in on Colin and…

                                DR. CRAVEN
Just see you don’t wake him.

                                 ARCHIBALD
In ten years have I ever awakened the boy?

                                DR. CRAVEN
I’ll gather the staff so you can say good-bye.

                                 ARCHIBALD
Oh, for God’s sake, Neville. Just let me slip away.
          (Then realizing he has been too sharp.)
I’m sorry. [MUSIC CUE #20A: THERE’S A MAN Transition]
Tell them …
          (And then he can’t handle it.)
Tell them whatever you always tell them.

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sometimes I remember that Philip Quast voiced Birdo in this movie 

this movie was my childhood and I didn’t even realise that was him until about two years ago

also Philip Quast’s singing in this movie is A+