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Cell Block Tango

by

Cast of Chicago



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With music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, this is another track from the musical vaudeville Chicago, and is pretty much what it sounds like, a dance number set in a cell block.
The song's refrain is "He had it coming", and it is performed by a number of women accused of murdering the men in their lives who literally had it coming. Even allowing for context, if this song had been written from a male perspective it would have generated mock outrage, as for example the Thin Lizzy track "Killer On The Loose".
Like Roxie Hart the hapless heroine, accused murderess Velma Kelly - one of the performers in this song - was based on a real character - Belva Gaertner. See her in Song Images. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2)
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