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Happy New Year is a song that only appears in the musical version of Rent. It is reprised in Happy New Year B.

Lyrics[]

Mimi
How long till next year?


Roger
Three and a half minutes


Mimi
I'm giving up my vices
I'm going back- Back to school
Eviction or not this, week's been so hot
As long as I got you I know I'll be cool
I couldn't crack the love code dear
Til you made the lock on my heart explode!
It's gonna be a happy New Year
A happy New Year


Mark
Coast is clear
Your suppose to be working, that's for midnight
Where are they?
There isn't much time


Mimi
Maybe they're dressing?
I mean what does one wear that's apropos for a party
That's also a crime


Maureen
Chips anyone?


Mark
You can take the girl out of hicksville
But you can't take the hicksville out of the girl


Maureen
My riot got you on TV, I deserve a royalty!


Mimi
Be nice you two, or no god awful champagne


Maureen
Don't mind if I do. No luck?


Roger
Bolted plywood padlocked with a chain
A total dead end


Maureen
Just like my ex girlfriend


Honey I know you're there
Please pick up the phone
Are you okay?


It's not funny
It's not fair
How can I atone?
Are you okay?


I lose control but I can learn to behave
Give me one more chance
Let me be your slave
I'll kiss your Doc Martens
Let me kiss your Doc Martens!
Your every wish I will obey


(Joanne enters)


Joanne
That might be okay
Down girl
Heel, stay


I did a bit of research with my friends at legal aid
Technically, you're squatters
There's hope
But just in case


Mark and Roger
Rope!


Mark
We can hoist a line


Joanne
To the fire escape


Mark
And tie off at


Mark and Joanne
that bench


Maureen
I can't take them as chums


Joanne
So start hoisting, wench!


Roger
I think I should be laughing
Yet I forget- Forget how to begin
I'm feeling something inside and yet I still can't decide
If I should hide or made a wide open grin


Last week I wanted just to disappear
My life was dust
But now it just may be a happy New Year
A happy New Year


(Collins and Angel enter)


Collins
Bond- James Bond


Angel
And Pussy Galore- in person.


Mimi
Pussy, you came prepared!


Angel
I was a boy scout once
And a Brownie, 'til some brat got scared


Collins
Aha- Moneypenny, my martini!


Mimi
Will bad champagne do?


Roger
That's shaken, not stirred


Collins
Pussy, the bolts


Angel
Just say the word!


Mimi
Two minutes left to execute our plan


Collins
Where's everyone else?


Roger
Playing Spider-man


Mark
Ironic close up tight
On the phone machine's red light
Once the boho boys are gone

The power mysteriously comes on...

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