CHESS Opening Ceremony

Song from the musical CHESS

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  1. [THE ARBITER]I've a duty as the refereeAt the start of the matchOn behalf of all our sponsorsI must welcome youWhich I do — there's a catchI don't care if you're a championNo one messes with meI am ruthless in upholdingWhat I know is rightBlack or white — as you'll seeI'm on the caseCan't be fooledAny objectionIs overruledYes I'm the arbiter and I know best[COMPANY]He's impartial, don't push him, he's unimpressed[THE ARBITER]You got your tricks, good for youBut there's no gambit I don't see throughOh I'm the arbiter, I know the score[COMPANY]From square one he'll be watching all 64[THE ARBITER]If you're thinking of the kind of thingThat we've seen in the pastChanting gurus, walkie-talkiesWalkouts, hypnotistsTempers, fists, not so fastThis is not the start of World War ThreeNo political ploysI think both your constitutions are terrific soNow you know, be good boysI'm on the caseCan't be fooledAny objectionIs overruledYes I'm the arbiter and I know best[COMPANY]He's impartial, don't push him, he's unimpressed[THE ARBITER]You got your tricksGood for youBut there's no gambit I don't see throughOh I'm the arbiter, I know the score[COMPANY]From square one he'll be watching all 64[THE ARBITER]Yes I'm the arbiter, I know the score[Chorus]From square one he's watching all 64[DIPLOMATS 1]No one can deny that these are difficult timesNo one can deny that these are difficult timesNo one can deny that these are difficult times[DIPLOMATS 2]It's the U.S. versus U.S.S.RYet we more or less are –[DIPLOMATS 1]No one can deny that these are difficult times[DIPLOMATS 2]– to our credit putting all that asideWe have swallowed our pride[DIPLOMATS 1]These are very difficult and dangerous times[MOLOKOV (& DIPLOMATS)]It really doesn't matter who comes out on top(Who gets the chop)No one's way of life is threatened by a flop[DIPLOMATS]But we're gonna smash their bastardMake him wanna change his nameTake him to the cleaners and devastate himWipe him out, humiliate himWe don't want the whole world sayingThey can't even win a gameWe have never reckonedOn coming secondThere's no use in losing[DIPLOMATS 2]It's the U.S. versus U.S.S.RYet we more or less are –[DIPLOMATS 1]No one can deny that these are difficult times[DIPLOMATS 2]– to our credit putting all that asideWe have swallowed our pride[DIPLOMATS 1]These are very difficult and dangerous times[MOLOKOV (& DIPLOMATS)]The value of events like this need not be stressed(When East and West)Can meet as comrades, ease the tension over drinksThrough sporting links(As long as their man sinks)[MERCHANDISERS]Whether you are pro or antiOr could not care lessWe are here to tell youWe are here to sell you chessNot a chance of you escaping from our wilesWe've locked the doors, we've blocked the aislesWe've a franchise worth exploitingAnd we will, yes we will!When it comes to merchandisingWe could killWhen you get upWhen you get up in the morningTill you crash at nightYou will have to live your lifeWith bishop, rook and knightClean your teeth with chequered toothpasteWear our vestsOur kings and queens on bouncing breastsYou could even buy a setAnd learn to playWe don't mind, we'll sell you somethingAnyway[Instrumental break]We've done all our market researchAnd our findings showThat this game of chess could be aroundA month or soMaybe it's a bit confusingFor a gameBut Rubik's Cubes were much the sameIn the end the whole world bought oneAll were goneBy which time we merchandisersHad moved onBy which time we had moved on[THE ARBITER]I'm on the case, can't be fooledAny objection is overruledDon't try to tempt me, you've no hopeI don't like women, I don't take dopeI'm the arbiter, I know the score[COMPANY]From square one he'll be watching all 64[THE ARBITER]You got your tricks — good for youBut there is no gambit I don't see throughI'm the arbiter and I know best[COMPANY]He's impartial, don't push him, he's unimpressed[THE ARBITER]I'm the arbiter, my word is law[COMPANY]From square one he'll be watching you[EVERYONE]Don't you find it rather touching to beholdThe game that came in from the coldSeen for what it is, religion plus finesseCountries, classesCreeds, as one in love of chess

  2. I just realised this version is different from the single. Bass line is way more groovy here IMO.

  3. I havent heard this for so long , I used to listen to it all the time when it came out . Listening now the way it starts is kind of Flash dance esq.

  4. wudnt ya know bjorn ulvaeus wrote this i sounds exaxtly like abba!

  5. Awesome! I hope they make a Chess movie someday soon!

  6. I realy hope they make a mowie but any chanse the original
    singer's probebly not.
    The coald war a big paret off my life.
    I donth miss that but maybee donth understand the compromiss
    something fore the new generation????

  7. @nanotechcre8or It's the ARBITER + US vs USSR

  8. Whenever you have Kings and Queens on bouncing breasts, it's pure win!

  9. I miss my school's production of Chess…great music, so much fun!!!!!!!

  10. @fourplusseven Hi!

    The orchestrations were by Anders Eljas and guitar was by ABBA guitarist Lasse Wellander. It's a great show and have been lucky enough to take part in a production of the show this year. I played Leonid Viigand which was really good fun and it was great to be able to sing such challenging music

    Kind Regards
    Chris

  11. This rocks! One of the best musicals ever! I hope someone makes Chess into a movie musical soon!

  12. Best song in the CHESS soundtrack by far, but do love the whole score. Hoping to do some behind the scenes help in a production of this in Abergavenny next April – couldn't perform in it due to commitments in another amdram company, but would love to see how it's staged.

  13. at 5:28 you can notice this has been recorded from a cassette :/

  14. Doing CHESS in April 2014 with Newport Operatic Society!! Think this'll be my audition song!!

  15. If they make a movie, I want them to use this version.  I keep hearing about modernizations and giving the American and Russian names and it just.  Completely misses the point, you know?

  16. …" it really doesn't matter who comes out on top, who gets the chop…… BUT we're gonna smash that bastard!." wow i just noticed.

  17. The Arbiter is so intense. 😂 I love it.
    ~:~

  18. The intro in The Arbiter is the best part imo

  19. I'd forgotten how great this was…so glad I found the original album here. Takes me straight back to college days. Thanks for posting!

  20. It just came to Russia, it took long time for the system, the society, and finally for the theatre. The musical is great and actual as never before.

  21. ughhh what a great track, arbiter followed by the russian intro??? literally godly i love this musical 🙁

  22. 3:34 i remember listening to this track with my family and we all stomped on tune lmao

  23. We’re doing Chess as our marching band show this year

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