Sweeney Todd – No Place Like London Lyrics

I have sailed the world

Beheld its wonders

From the Dardanelles to the mountains of Peru

But, there’s no place like London!

MR. TODD:

No, there’s no place like London!

ANTONY:

(spoken) Mr. Todd?

MR. TODD:

You are young

Life has been kind to you

You will learn.

There’s a hole in the world,

Like a great black pit.

And the vermin of the world inhabit it

And its morals aren’t worth what a pig could spit

And it goes by the name of London

At the top of the hole sit a privileged few

Making mock of the vermin of the lower zoo

turning beauty into filth and greed

I too have sailed the world and seen its wonders

For the cruelty of men is as wondrous as Peru

But there’s no place like London!

ANTONY:

(Spoken) Is everything alright, Mr. Todd?

MR. TODD:

(Spoken)

I beg your indulgence, Antony.

My mind is far from easy.

In these once familiar streets, I feel shadows, everywhere.

(Sung)

There was a barber and his wife

And she was beautiful

A foolish barber and his wife

She was his reason and his life

And she was beautiful

And she was virtuous

And he was…naive

There was another man who saw

That she was beautiful

A pious vulture of the law

Who with the gesture of his claw

Removed the barber from his plate

Then there was nothing but to wait

And she would fall, so soft

So young,

So lost,

And oh, so beautiful

ANTONY:

(spoken)

And the lady, sir. Did she succumb?

TODD:

(sung)

Oh, that was many years ago

I doubt if anyone would know

(spoken)

I’d like to thank you, Antony.

If you hadn’t spotted me, I’d be lost in the ocean still.

ANTONY:

(Spoken)

Will I see you again?

TODD:

(spoken)

You might find if you’d like.

Around Fleet Street I wouldn’t wonder.

ANTONY:

(spoken)

Until then, my friend.

TODD:

There’s a hole in the world like a great black pit

And it’s filled with people who are filled with shit

And the vermin of the world inhabit it.