Just Say No

by No for an Answer

No For An Answer is a musical play by Marc Blitzstein. It was staged by W. E. Watts at Mecca Temple, west 55th Street, New York, on Sunday, January 5, 1941. Although it was supposed to have a limited engagement, it ran for two additional Sundays. There was no scenery and Marc Blitzstein was at the piano. It was an experiment under an agreement between the Dramatists Guild and Actors Equity. The cast included Olive Deering, Lloyd Gough, Martin Pitt, Norma Green, and Curt Conway. It marked the New York debut of Broadway icon, Carol Channing. It was much discussed prior to its opening and Random House accepted it for publication just before its production. Brooks Atkinson stated in his review of the work in The New York Times, "it is very exciting in performance…

Why should I join a breed
That brings one another down?
Group behavior, group as the savior
A circus filled with clowns
Who are these men? Why are they here?
What do they want?
Ruling class, ruling by fear,
Something I am not!
All my life I've felt the push
It's caused me pain
Dilute my system, just to be with them
Why numb my brain?
A pint of fear, a quart of heart,
Is all they've got
Ruling class, ruling by fear,
Something I am not!
NO !


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