Good 'N' Evil is a song written for the Alley Theatre Premiere. It began life as a solo for Simon Stride, the secret proprietor of The Dregs brothel, as he lectures his girls following their nightly "excursions".
However, following the reduction of Stride's character, the song was given to Lucy instead, replacing Bring on the Men in some productions. The song's prologue has a tune that recurs throughout the show, notably with the characters of Dr Hastie Lanyon and Richard Enfield. The tune is also used in Lucy Meets Jekyll and Lucy Meets Hyde.
Good and evil -
And their merits -
Men have argued through history, as well they should!
Any child can see -
"Good is evil -
And therefore all evil is
How do you tell evil from good?
Evil does well - good not so good!
Evil's the one that is free everywhere -
Good is the one that they sell!
You must decide which is heaven -
Which is hell!
Good may maintain evil's a curse! -
But it is plain good's even worse!
Evil's the one which is nothing but fun -
Good is the one which is not
You must decide which is which and what is what!
The difference between good and evil
Few men can define -
Heaven 'n' Hell,
You are treading a very fine line!-
The key thing about good 'n' evil -
Each man has to choose! -
Heaven 'n' hell
Is a helluva gamble to lose! -
But as I peruse
This world we abuse -
It's hell that we choose -
And heaven must lose!
Good is a pain, Evil's the cure -
Evil you gain, Good you endure
Evil's the one that they tell you to shun -
Good is the one to embrace
Say that and Satan will laugh right in your face!
The battle between good and evil
Goes back to the start -
Adam and Eve and the apple tore Eden apart!
The issues about good evil
Fill people with dread -
Worrying over the dramas of what lies ahead!
It has to be said
And taken as read -
That evil is spread -
When good goes to bed!
STRIDE AND ENSEMBLE
Evil is everywhere -
Good doesn't have a prayer!
Good is commendable -
Evil is viable
Good may be thankable!
Evil is bankable!
Evil's for me - you can have good!
It doesn't suit me to be Robin Hood!
It's easier by far, from the way that things are,
To remain good 'n' evil
Than try to be evil and good!