A/N: An extra scene of Marian Paroo shortly after she sings "Till I Met You" from the film "The Music Man".


Till I Loved You

"I'm expecting a telegram from Rudy Friml - this could be it." In almost an instant Harold Hill was gone off with Marcellus Washburn, leaving Marian Paroo alone on the footbridge where moments before she had told Harold her heart's desires. She looked out over her reflection in the water, alone on the bridge. "If love had to happen, why now? Why me? And why with...him?" she thought to herself. "If he stays I fear for his safety, and if he goes..."

She spread her arms and asked her reflection in the water out loud "So what's different this time? You've gotten over men before. Won't this one be like all the others?" She started to sing:

(Sung to "Till I Met You", but now in a lower minor key and more whispered, as if sharing a secret with the audience that she couldn't say to Harold)

Can't he stay and not go
To this desperate hope I'm clinging
I've clung to no hope at all
Till I loved you

I've seen tears in folk's eyes
But I never felt the stinging
No I never felt it at all
Till I loved you

There've been others
Who have never met my standards
They tell me
Someday but never with a con like you

My hands wrote and they sewed
But they've never set to wringing
No I've never wrung them at all
Till I loved you

Marion picked up a rock and threw it in anger at the image in the water. She saw briefly in the turbulence an image of her and Harold happily married, but as the waves dissipated the image was of only her alone again.

Just a swindler
Who cares nothing for others
They tell me
But I see the good in the town you've done

I don't want all this pain
And the torment that's its bringing
From your leaving me all alone
Since I love you
Since I love you!

With her head bowed, Marion slowly walked off the bridge and back along the path towards town.

The End


A/N: Oddly enough, I didn't hear the Beatles version of the original tune until a few years ago while watching a recording of their Royal Command Performance from 1963; that's the version that stays in my head now. But back in the late 70's my boss had a player piano in his house and one of the tunes was "76 Trombones"; it was mesmerizing to watch it operate while the paper tape scrolled past the reader.