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"Once And For All" is the eighth song from the film Newsies. The song is sung when Jack, David, Sarah, and Denton work through the night to print copies of a sympathetic newspaper flier and distribute it to other non-union child laborers thoughout New York City, with even a copy getting to Governor Theodore Roosevelt.

Lyrics

Denton: This is the story you wanted to write,

Well tonight is the night that you can

Jack: Just get this done and by dawn's early light

You can finish the fight you began

David: This time we're in it to stay

Sarah: Think about seizing the day

Jack: Think of that train as she rolls into old Santa Fe

Tell 'em I'm on my way

Newsies: See old man Pulitzer's snug in his bed

He don't care if we're dead or alive

Three satin pillows are under his head

While we're begging for bread to survive

Joe, if you're still counting sheep

Wake up and read 'em and weep

You got your thugs

With their sticks and their slugs

Yeah but we got a promise to keep

Once and for all

Something tells me the tide will be turnin'

Once and for all

There's a fire inside me

That won't stop burnin'

Now that the choices are clear

Now that tomorrow is here

Watch how the mighty will fall

For once and for all

This is for kids shinin' shoes in the streets

With no shoes on their feet everyday

This is for guys sweatin' blood in the shops

While the bosses and cops look away

This is to even the score

This ain't just newsies no more

This ain't just kids with some pie in the sky

This is do it or die

This is WAR!

Once and for all

We'll be there to defend on another

Once and for all

Every kid is our friend

Every friend a brother

Five thousand fists in the sky (Five thousand fist in the sky)

Five thousand reasons to try (Five thousand reasons to try)

Going over the wall

Better to die than to crawl

Either we stand or we fall

For once,

Once and for all

Musical Lyrics

Jack:
There's change coming once and for all
You makes the front page and man, you is major news
Jack and Davey:
Tomorrow they'll see what we are
Jack, Davey and Katherine:
And sure as a star, we ain't come this far... to lose
Race:
Here they come!!
Ensemble:
This is the story we needed to write as we're kept out of sight, but no more
In a few hours by dawns early light we'll be ready to fight us a war
This time we're in it to stay, talk about seizing the day
Jack:
Write it in ink or in blood, it's the same either way.
They're gonna damn well pay!
Ensemble:
See old man Pulitzer snug in his bed, he don't care if we're dead or alive
Three satin pillows are under his head, while we's begging for bread to survive
Joe, you can stop counting sheep, we're gonna sing ya to sleep
You've got your thugs with their sticks and their slugs, Yeah!
But we got a promise to keep!
Jack:
Once and for all if they don't find their manners, we'll bleed 'em! (Bleed 'em!)
Race:
Once and for all we won't carry no banners that don't spell freedom!
Ensemble:
Finally we's raising the stakes
This time whatever it takes!
This time the union awakes, once and for all!
Jack:
Come on, boys!
Ensemble:
Yeah!!
This is for kids shining shoes on the street with no shoes on their feet everyday
This is for guys sweating blood in the shops while their bosses and cops look away
I'm seeing kids standing tall, glaring and raring a brawl
Armies of guys who are sick of the lies getting ready to rise to the call!
Once and for all there'll be blood on the wall if they doubt us
They think they're running this town, but this town will shut down without us
Ten thousand kids in the square (ten thousand kids in the square), ten thousand fists in the air! (ten thousand fists)
Joe, you is gonna play fair, once and for all!
Once and for all! (once and for all)
Once and for all!! (once and for all)
Once and for all!!! (once and for all)
There's change coming once and for all
You're getting too old, too weak to keep holding on
A new world is gunning for you, and Joe, we is too!
Til once and for all you're gone!
Davey:
Once and for all!
Jack:
Once and for all!!
Ensemble:
Once and for all!
Jack:
(Once and for all!!)

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