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Jekyll's Plea is a shortened version of Board of Governors from the 1997 Broadway production.

Dr Henry Jekyll presents his theory to the governors, only to be shot down and ridiculed, causing him to lose his temper.

Difference between versionsEdit

Some versions make minor alterations to the lyrics, for example, the 2nd UK Tour has "aspire to" rather than "presume to" in Henry's attack on Stride. In addition, the changes made to the Bishop and Sir Danvers' verses from the original version of the song are often reversed.

LyricsEdit

JEKYLL:
There are doomed broken souls in a thousand asylums
Left there to rot for the lack of a plan
In the name of compassion and medical science,
I can save many lives, if you give me one man

BISHOP:
I tell you now, the church will never sanction it!

GOVERNORS:
Sacrilege! Lunacy! Blasphemy! Heresy!

PROOPS:
Beware sir, you're treading on dangerous ground
In legal terms, I'd say extremely unsound!

BISHOP:
Your lack of humility strikes me as odd!
What makes you think you have the right to play God?

STRIDE:
The Bishop speaks for all of us
When he says you're playing God
There's such a thing as ethics,
Over which you ride roughshod

You're a doctor, not our savior
Doctor Jekyll for a start
What I judge from your behavior
You can't tell the two apart!

JEKYLL:
Dear Mr. Stride, I am simply a scientist,
I have a code to which I remain true
I don't presume to the stature of moralist,
I leave pretension like that, sir, to you!

SIR DANVERS:
Henry, I've always encouraged your enterprise
And I've been hopeful that you would succeed
But given the problems my colleagues can visualize
I see no choice but for you to concede.

JEKYLL:
I know my fate is yours to choose,
But if I fail, the world will lose,
When I am on the threshold of success!
I beg you, governors, you must say yes!

LADY BEACONSFIELD:
Doctor Jekyll, enough of your ranting, sir!
This is a hospital, here to save lives!

GOVERNORS AND STRIDE:
Do you think we would let you play havoc
With all the high principles toward which it strives?

Do you expect us to compromise all that we stand for
Indulging your dangerous games?
Sacrifice all common sense to your dubious aims?

JEKYLL:
Can't you see, I am not playing games?
Just give me the opportunity!

GENERAL GLOSSIP:
This whole thing's too bizarre!

SIR DANVERS:
Open up your eyes and see!

BISHOP:
This man has gone too far!

JEKYLL:
Unless you listen to me...

STRIDE:
Doctor please, watch your tone!
Damn it man, can't you see
You're on you're own?

SIR DANVERS:
(spoken) Order, gentleman! Order!

JEKYLL:
(spoken) If ever I needed further justification for my work, gentlemen, you have just provided it!

Just look at what has happened here,
Mix anger with a touch of fear
The danger's all too crystal clear: just look at you!

Our darker side keeps breaking through
Observe it now in me and you
The evil that all men can do must be controlled
I beg of you, I'll show you all, it can be done!

Here is a chance to take charge of our fate
Deep down you must know that tomorrow's too late
One rule of life we cannot rearrange
The only thing constant is change
The only thing constant... is change

SIR DANVERS:
Distinguished colleagues, your verdict, please?
All those in favour, say "aye"
All those opposed, "nay"

GOVERNORS:
Nay! Nay! Nay! Nay!
(Nay, nay, nay, nay!)
Positively - absolutely - nay!

STRIDE:
Sir Danvers?

SIR DANVERS:
(spoken) I... abstain.