(Blues music plays) J‘ Now every time J‘ J‘ You hit one more bump in the road J‘ J‘ Feel the burden J‘ J‘ Of another heavy load J‘ J‘ Hit by the curves J‘ J‘ Life’s unexpected twists and turns J‘ J‘ You feel your world is upside down J‘ J‘ And you’re tumblin’, tumblin, tumblin’ J‘ J‘ So take a hold from deep within J‘ J‘And find your life once again J‘ J‘ You better go down easy J‘ J‘ You got a lot to learn J‘ J‘ You better count your blessings J‘ J‘ Or you’re gonna crash and burn J‘ (Train whistle blows) Woman: It was another world, Alabama in 1935 A harder world for sure Middle of the Depression Not a job to be found for 100 miles once the cotton was in William and Helen Hemsley would have been better advised to wait before marrying and starting a family But as they usually do, love and passion got in front of logic and patience the Hemsleys set about the business of being fruitful and multiplying and starting a whole new life in the big city of Decatur (Horn honks) William: Sir Say, l was wondering if maybe you got any more work a fellow could do around here– No, we’re done till seeding Sir, please We got a baby coming due and there ain’t no– Son, I don’t have anything There’s nothing I can do for you (Car door closes, engine starts) (Babies crying) Helen: William, honey Meet your sons They’re perfect, just like you Mr. William, y’all got two fine looking boys here (Choir singing) Woman: Tent revivals were a common occurrence in the rural South in the Depression People needing healing, prayer, and just some hope in a poor and frightening time For William Hemsley, all of these applied What should’ve been the happiest day of his life was quickly becoming the most troublesome J‘ …we first begun J‘ Reverend Reece Wade was a traveling evangelist out of middle Tennessee And his message this cold October night would reach right into William’s troubled soul And it is here that our story truly begins Blacks and whites, Jews and Gentiles, all equal in the eyes of the Lord All equal in the eyes of the Lord! Amen And let us never forget Let us never forget the words of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, who says it is truly more blessed to give than to receive Audience: Amen It is truly more blessed to give than to receive That’s my precious wife Louise, sitting right over here We miscarried again over Thanksgiving The doctor over in Birmingham told us to stop trying, or it might be her that goes And all the gifts He’s given us,
that’s the one we wanted most All of our dreams were of having a baby Family of our own love to take care of Maybe…maybe y’all could pray for us tonight For our own miracle What? Now, I know this sounds Crazy? Absolutely insane? — Just listen to me — No, William Just listen! We can’t do it We can’t even feed ourselves Now we got two more? I’m not giving away my babies! I’ll work two jobs I’ll work three! Having ajob is myjob! And there ain’t none! There ain’t no work anywhere We’re drowning We got nothing and no way to get along They’ll take them away from us if we can’t feed them What if they get sick or something happens to me? You’re going to raise two babies mending dresses? So you just give them both up? One Now, we can make it with just one No, William Hemsley Nobody is taking my babies from me Neven (Car doors close) They’re here All right Well, I’m sure you’re all wondering why I asked you out here so urgent and all I heard you at the revival, reverend, and It made me think And l was talking it over here with my wife and we want to ask you something Let me see if I can make this a little easier The Bible says we’re all brothers and sisters in Christ Ourjob is to love and look out for one another Now Louise and I prayed and talked over this and we want you to have a love offering given to us Oh no Thank you but– — Please take it — Take it No, thank you, but that’s not why we wanted to see you You see, Helen and l have been praying ourselves and we think God’s give us both some answers Now, we can give everything we got to raise one child and that is it Maybe someone else, like a man and woman of God, could give the other a life we never could No, no (Baby cries) You’re beautiful and blessed people to even consider such a thing But you’re just tired, honey, and scared and emotional Times is hard for everybody No, we prayed on it like you say to do No, William. We can’t (Baby continues crying) You preached it, reverend It’s better to give than receive You don’t know this ain’t God answering your prayers Maybe He’s got something special in mind for one of our boys You see it’s God we’re really giving him to Helen: That’s what the Lord wants We both know it And you both know it too The Lord will choose for you l’ll love him good for both of us
Thank you And God be with you, sister Dexter Ryan is not to know until Helen and I pass Give me your word on that, pastor? Yeah, you have my word I don’t know what to say There’s nothing to say He’s God’s now anyway Now, go (Car door closes, engine starts) Woman: It was not uncommon in the 19305 to lose a baby There was a funeral for the child they gave away the next day All William and Helen could afford was a shoe box to bury him in Of course, only they knew the box was empty And somewhere, on the road to their new life as a family, the Reverend Reece Wade stole away with his new son and dedicated him to the creator of life itself, the king of the universe Reece: Amen Ryan Reece Wade, welcome to your new life J‘ Christ the Lord is ris’n today J‘ J‘Alleluia! J‘ J‘ Raise yourjoys and triumphs high J‘ J‘Alleluia! J‘ Woman: You’d almost say little Ryan Wade was like any boy in the 19405, except for one thing When he sang a song, he could bring the roof down Nehemiah, Esther, Psalms Job Job. Yeah, Job, Psalms Proverbs Proverbs How many books of the Bible are there, Daddy? You tell me Sixty — 66 –66 How many in the Old Testament? — 39 — 39 You’re on number 20 with Proverbs Now, come on And do not be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind That you may prove what is good and acceptable, the perfect will of God Jeremiah 29 For I know the plans l have for you Declares the Lord Declares the Lord Woman: But when memorizing proved to be a challenge, Ryan knew instinctively what every grade school teacher knows Turn it into a song J‘ Well J‘ J‘ I know the plans I have for you J‘ J‘ Declares the Lord J‘ J‘ Plans to prosper and not to harm you J‘ J‘And then shall call and pray to me J‘ J‘And I will listen to ya J‘ J‘And ye shall seek and ye shall find J‘
J‘ When you seek with all of your heart J‘ Woman: Louise was smitten with the boy’s gift Reece accepted it, but, in his view, Ryan was set aside to follow in his footsteps as a man of God J‘ …price to pay J‘ J‘ She walks right in, she walks right out J‘ J‘ She sing and dance, she jump and shout J‘ J‘ Whoa, baby, don’t you just walk by me… J‘ Am I the master of the fake ID or what? Oh, no thank you Come on, man You can’t be a PK forever PK? PK. Preacher’s Kid That’s you “Please Lord, never let me have any fun.” That’s what I am, Dino Besides I don’t like beer More for me I like beer a lot Man! Are you listening to this? Yeah Wow lain’t never heard anything like it before How come we can’t do music like this back home? In Tennessee, in your daddy’s church? Cat, you crazy lain’t talking about church, Dino I’m just talking about music J‘ She walk right in, she walk right out J‘ A PK is always the wildest at heart J‘ Baby baby J‘ J‘ Don’t you just walk by me J‘ (Door knob turns) It’s 1:45 in the morning You been drinking, son? No, sir Don’t lie to me lain’t lying, Daddy You smell like smoke lwasn’t smoking either Where you been? At Dino’s place Is that so? I drove by Dino’s when l was out looking for you Must’ve just missed you l was at a roadhouse across County Line What? Daddy, it ain’t what you think A honky-tonk? Well, I knew if I told you, you’d never let me go And you’re going into the ministry I went to listen to some music, Daddy What did I do that’s so wrong? You didn’t tell me the truth, that’s what J‘ Dance, dance, dance, everybody now J‘ J‘ Dance, dance, dance J‘ J‘ Everybody’s doing it J‘ J‘ It’s boogie-woogie rock and roll J‘ J‘ Yeah J‘ Yeah, that’s a good song, cuz Yeah, man We need more guys though Well, we need more everything Man, we get some guys in here l’ll sing the songs, write the songs You play the drums It’s all I want to do Hey, you call the tune, I’ll play it — Let’s do it — Yeah, let’s do it, oh! Reece: Forty years Forty years wandering the desert Looking for a sign Praying for an answer, a direction But sometimes God’s answer to His children is wait Hey, what’s the rush? You’re sure your daddy’s okay with this? Oh, yeah, man, I take his car all the time (Engine starts) (Tires squeal) Hey! What do you think you’re doing? Dino: Oh no, he looks mad! Get out! Get back here! Get back here! Get back here! J‘ You gotta get up, come on J‘ J‘ You gotta get up, come on J‘ J‘ Put on your dancin’ feet J‘ J‘ You gotta get up, come on J‘ I’ve never seen anyone move like that He just don’t care Woman: Now I grant you, it was a tad add on a first date
to visit a honky-tonk across the tracks But Ryan was unlike any boy I had ever met Sweet and gentle, a gentleman through and through When that music started, it was like a fire erupted in that heart of his You’re so pretty in your face l was wondering if you’d ever ask me out What took you so long, anyway? l was afraid you’d say no Well, I didn’t, did I? No, you didn’t (Band singing softly) Hey, girl, you can really do this Well, I should say the same thing of you Where did a preacher’s kid learn to dance the way that you do? Oh, well I don’t know Something just happens to me when I hear music You know, whatever it is, it’s a good thing, Ryan Wade Hey. You better keep them pipes warm This party’s just getting started That was nice Maybe we can do this again sometime I would like that, Ryan Wade Ladies and gentlemen, may I please have your attention For our next number, we’d like to bring up a very special guest Now it appears we have a very talented young man in our midst tonight And the rumor is dude can really bring it on home Well, let’s just see Please welcome the man with all those dance moves, Mr. Ryan Wade Woman: There are many accounts of how, when, and where rock n ‘ roll was actually born Now I’m not saying they’re wrong or anything, but I believe part of that birth happened on this very night in little old Lebanon, Tennessee Is this you? We’ve got the tune from Little Drummer Boy You lead, we’ll follow J‘ Give me a song, Mr. Music Man J‘ J‘ Want to hear your rockin’ band J‘ J‘ Play it loud, don’t you play it sweet J‘ J‘ I got a feelin’ in my feet J‘ J‘ Boogie-woogie rock ‘n roll J‘ J‘ Guitar picking with a lot of soul J‘ J‘ Everybody’s doing it J‘ J‘ It’s boogie-woogie rock ‘n roll J‘ J‘ Boogie-woogie rock ‘n roll J‘ J‘ Guitar pickin’ with a lot of soul J‘ J‘ Call it whatever you like J‘ J‘ It’s boogie-woogie rock ‘n roll J‘ J‘ Dance, dance, dance, everybody now J‘ J‘ Dance, dance, dance J‘ J‘ Dance, dance, dance, everybody now J‘ J‘ Dance, dance, dance J‘ J‘ Everybody’s doing it J‘ J‘ It’s boogie-woogie rock ‘n roll J‘ J‘ Yeah J‘ J‘ Boogie-woogie rock n’ roll J‘ J‘ Guitar pickin’ with a lot of soul J‘ Well, well, well, well Look at what we have here a grand theft auto call Son, you can either go to jail or go home After talking to your daddy, I’d choose jail Get that, punk This place is starting to match my mood Dark and stinky You smell that, Wesley? That’s hootie weed They’re reefers Serving alcohol to minors and a preacher’s boy, bringing the devil music Get down off that stage, boy Get down off that stage! Boy, you know we don’t go for that kind of music You understand me? Do you understand me? There ain’t nothing wrong with this music There ain’t nothing wrong with these people There seems to be a little misunderstanding of the law around here Are we clear? Wesley, shut this place down! Get out of here! Now! Officer: I had to give him the taste of the back of my hand Reese: Did you now? Officer: Yeah, I did He didn’t like it too much either
He almost came after me — He did what? — He almost came after me Sir, this will be taken care of, I promise you I don’t know what he thinks about bringing minors into a honky-tonk Just make sure it don’t happen again I am truly sorry Sorry, buddy Get out of the car I said get out of the car — Thank you, sheriff — Y’all take care What do you think I should preach on tomorrow? Turn the other cheek? Eye for an eye? Why don’t you preach the sermon for me? Maybe sing a little song ldidn’t do anything– You’re lucky he didn’t throw you in jail, boy I didn’t do anything wrong, Daddy Come on. You didn’t do anything right! I told you never to step foot in that place again How’s that for starters? And you’re dragging two underage girls with you? Mouthing off to the sheriff? He’s a redneck. And he’s picking on these people, Daddy I do know that! But that’s not your fight Not yet This little musical tour of yours, it’s over It’s time for an apology tour, starting with your mother who’s worried sick And tomorrow, you’re apologizing to the church, most of whom have called the house already tonight And on Monday, you and l are driving to Nashville and you’re joining the army, boy You are my son, Ryan Wade, and I love you more than you will ever know But it’s time for you to grow up and be a man Jenny: I wasn’t sure if] would ever see Ryan Wade again His daddy thought it was time for Ryan to grow up and be a man And Uncle Sam set about the task of turning Ryan Wade into that man J‘ She’s lookin’ so fine in her high heel shoes J‘ J‘ You better look out, she’ll give you the blues J‘ J‘ You better think twice when she walks your way J‘ J‘ To be with her there’s a price to pay J‘ (Blows whistle) Attention! I don’t believe what I’m seeing! l have five vehicles down, one trailer that needs an axle, and a jeep that needs an oil change, and you knuckleheads decide to do a private concert in my motor pool! Lock it up Private Wade, this is your new job, serenading my motor pool? Sir, no, sir Well, while we’re on the subject, I got a question for you Where’d you learn to sing like that, boy? Let’s hear another one As you were! Jenny: Only fate, DNA, or the good Lord Himself seemed to have other plans for Private Ryan Wade All right boys, let’s do it Jenny: Ryan sang his way through two years in the army, developing his raw talents into a world class singing voice, having not a clue that over in Nashville, a young man by the name of Drexel Hemsley was on a similar, if less structured, path (Piano playing) J‘ Beboppin’ baby, you know she can go, go, go J‘ J‘ Beboppin’ baby, shake, a rock ‘n roll J‘ J‘ You can ask her to dance, but she don’t wanna dance slow J‘ J‘ Beboppin’ baby, girl, you got me in a spin… J‘ Reece: Ryan, Ryan, Ryan This is Dr. Ralph Jennings, president of the Southeastern Bible College Your father tells me you got a mind to follow in his footsteps someday And if you perceive the same call that he did, there’s always a spot for you there See, what did ltell you, son? And the Lord told Jonah to go to Nineveh and warn them of impending judgment The problem is, Jonah wasn’t listening, and a certain fish was waiting when he decided to run away from God (Footsteps approaching) Honey, what is it? It’s a good thing you’re sitting down (Rock ‘n roll plays) Okay, so?
J‘ Beboppin’ baby, you know she can go, go, go J‘ Drexel Hemsley Drexel Hemsley! Oh, Ryan cannot hear this I don’t think that’s possible Why? It’s in every storefront in town How it do? (Hemsley song playing) J‘ Girl, slow down, I want to get to know ya J‘ J‘ [know that I can show ya J‘ Who is this? J‘ Beboppin’ baby, you know she can go, go, go J‘ J‘ Beboppin’ baby, shake, rock ‘n roll J‘ How many times can that boy play the same song? Apparently as many times as Jesus taught Peter we are to forgive (Music stops) It’s a fad These things never last (Music starts again) Oh my Lord! What’s that? That there is the carb, Daddy A what? A carb? A valve shot On the carb? Yeah, you need– you need a new one Okay It ain’t the first time What’s it do? Feeds fuel to the engine Huh? You got some bad jets You learned about cars in the army? No, sir, always messed with ’em. You know that I’ve never seen you take one of these thingies out That’s something new How you doing, son? I’m okay Figuring it out, I guess I don’t think we ever really do figure it out That’s God’s job Ourjob is to be who He made us to be and to do what He calls us to do That’s the preacher talking Your dad here, I’m mighty proud of you, son For hearing the calling and staying obedient to it Come on, let’s get something to eat (Hemsley song plays over radio) Hello there! Hello. Can you hold on a sec? ljust got this bolt Oh, boy Does that boy have 24 carat pipes or what! Oh, man! You’re a fan, | see Oh yeah Are you guys related or something? You’re a dead ringer for him I know. I hear it all the time but no Not related, nothing Avi Hirshberg of the Brooklyn Hirshbergs Don’t let the cowboy accent fool you It’s just good for business Gotcha. Ryan Wade Well, how do you do, Mr. Wade How can I help you? Valve shot on this carb Yeah I think it’s past rebuilding Oh no, I’m gonna have to order a new one, I think Where–where’d you pull this out of? Flat Head Six All right. Sounds like you know your way around cars I know enough to know when I need to go to a real mechanic Want a job? — No, thanks — No, really I got one I go to school too Oh come on, work with me We’ll be hanging around fixing carburetors, singing along with Drexel I even do barbecue Fﬁdays ltell you what, I’ll give you $10 a week and all you can eat That sounds tempting but no, thanks All right, it’s too bad All right, tell you what, you come around Wednesday, I should have it done Wednesday? — Yeah — All right I’ll see you then Thank you I can’t get over how much you look like him Good morning, Mrs. Carter Good morning There you go Sign here for me Ladies Thank you
J‘ Your Iove’s keeping me tonight J‘ J‘ Even when we’re far away J‘ J‘ Your Iove’s keeping me tonight J‘ J‘ Until the morning brings another day J‘ (Applause through TV) Man: Ladies and gentlemen, I just want everyone to know this is a fine young man, and that song he just sang, that’s his mother’s favorite Drexel: Yes sir, it is Man: How about that everybody? That was nice Man: That’s our show We 7! see you next week You know, I can see right inside of him I know what he’s thinking I know what he’s going to say I even know what his next dance move is going to be I may just be crazy Mama, I can’t do this anymore Do what? I don’t hear this call Daddy wants me to hear It ain’t there Took you long enough to figure that out So, Mama, what’s the point of me going to school for a call I don’t hear? I still go out to Nashville, places y’all wouldn’t approve of Just to hear real music getting played I hurt so bad Mama because it’s the only call I hear When do you plan to tell your daddy? Maybe you can tell him for me No Reece Ryan Wade, no chance It’s a man’s job learning to stand in his truth I hope if we have taught you anything it’s that the love of God seeks us in every situation and desires our good If He is in your dreams, nothing can stand against ’em What? This ain’t the call for me But you got the gift Everyone, your teacher says so But not me, Daddy Ryan, the worst mistakes we make are the decisions that are made in haste, you understand? Let’s just slow it down here and finish the school year– Daddy, Daddy I’ve already withdrawn Ryan, you dropped out of school? I dropped out yesterday Daddy, I Ryan I don’t know what to say Okay Well, this is your life You’re a man now, I guess Whew What– what’s your plan? What are you going to do? Want to live for a while, be me for once And you haven’t been yourself, is that what you’re saying? I’m not going to subsidize this You understand that, right? I didn’t expect you to I found an apartment off the square Okay, I guess you got it all figured out I’m sorry I’m just trying to be what He made me to be, not something else You’re breaking my heart, boy
Sign here please Jenny? Heh Anybody ever tell you you look just like Drexel Hemsley? Uh, yes, Miss l have heard that before I thought you was him His mama right upstairs– Cheryl! You didn’t hear that, okay? (Phone rings) It’s supposed to be a secret, for obvious reasons Hello, Ryan So you’re a nurse Yeah, I am How was the army? It was fine Hey, uh would you maybe want to get together sometime, grab a cup of coffee or something? Oh I Sorry, I’m kind of seeing somebody Well, it’s okay It’s good to see you, Ryan It’s really good to see you, Jenny You look great Thanks Father bless this dear lady Hello Your son, his music means a lot to me, and I just wanted to see you, say a little prayer I’ll just go. It’s okay J‘ I can see your picture in my mind J‘ J‘ A vision that seems so very real J‘ J‘ I miss you every night in my dreams J‘ J‘ Time and space never keep us apart J‘ J‘ Your Iove’s keeping me tonight J‘ J‘ Even when we’re far away J‘ Dexter Jenny: I didn ‘t know then But I know now
That something inside of Ryan died that day J‘ I can see your picture in my mind J‘ J‘ A vision that seems so very real J‘ J‘ [miss you every night in my dreams J‘ (Singing) (Bell rings) You still hiring? I thought you had a job? I think I’d rather work here Well, thinking is what got you here Why don’t you go in the car and start her up You started five minutes ago They’re beautiful, Ryan Thank you It was great to see you too But like I said, I’m seeing someone I mean, I’m… sorry You take care though, okay? Yeah. Bye Okay, bye The boy that sent you the flowers? Yup The one who looked as good as Drexel Hemsley himself just asked you out? Mm-hmm And he’s your old boyfriend? Mm-hmm. Well, we went out once Six years ago, but it was a doozy How you going to get to know him again if you don’t go out on a date? Well, who says I want to get to know him again? Your eyes, girl, that’s who Oh, why so verklempt, man? She said no Ah, man. You sent her flowers, right? Just like you told me And the card What’d the card say? From me No man. You got to say stuff like, “I miss you “Give me a second chance Roses are red. I love you I long to be with you.” She’s got a boyfriend It don’t matter. You need to make her laugh, make her smile Girls don’t get the attention they deserve You’ve got to pump up the volume, or walk away It’s not time to lower your standards It’s time to up them What am I supposed to do? (Guitar plays outside) Ryan: J‘ Angel of my life J‘ Avi: J‘ My loving angel J‘ J‘ You’re all I need J‘ J‘ You’re all I need J‘ J‘ You came into my life when l was alone J‘ J‘ Made me believe I wasn’t low J‘ J‘ I wasn’t low J‘ J‘ Made me believe J‘ J‘ Angel of my life J‘ J‘ My loving angel J‘ J‘ You’re like a dream J‘ J‘ Just like a dream J‘ J‘ But here you are, and you are real J‘ J‘ I’m loving you J‘ J‘ Loving you J‘ J‘ Loving me J‘ How did you find me? Your friend Cheryl, helped a little bit I’m going to kill her Coffee Just a cup of coffee Look I know a lot of songs, and I’ll sing every one of them, until you say yes Kid the jig’s up Here comes the heat Might this be the disturbing the peace call? You called the cops on me? Oh, I didn’t call them and why are there always police involved with you and me? Officer, look I ain’t going anywhere, until this girl agrees to go out on a date with me or you arrest me l have a boyfriend! Then where is he? Because he ain’t here, and he ain’t the one singing you love songs tonight Miss, just a cup ofjoe with the boy What would it hurt? Sorry, pal, let’s go!
Okay! Coffee. One cup But only if your backup singer agrees to go with us Ha ha Son, kiss the bride! (Attendees clapping) Jenny: Well, let’s just say that was one good cup of coffee In August of 1960, our lives began as Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Wade And time marched on Ryan and I settled into a nice, little small town routine, and built our life together Ryan fixing cars with Avi, pretending he’d found his calling J‘ Fun, fun, fun in the sun J‘ J‘ Good vibrations everywhere J‘ J‘ Dance, dance, dance in the sand J‘ J‘ Sun’s reflections, ocean tan J‘ J‘ Girls and boys are everywhere J‘ J‘ Sunrise surfin’ J‘ J‘ Love is floating in the air J‘ J‘ Sunrise surfin’ J‘ Man (on TV): It’s 8:55 and 70 degrees The weather after the news The big news? War broke out in the Middle East this morning It has spread now through the Israeli port city of Haifa on the Mediterranean Syria sent its planes to bomb the Haifa oil refinery, leaving it in flames Three Israeli planes were shot down in a dogfight with Jordanian jets Three Syrian MiGs attacked the city of Magneto In other news What does that have to do with the Christian church in the state of Tennessee? Everything! It has to do with everything! We are commanded by the word of God, to give him no rest from our prayers For who? Today, for Israel Our precious Lord and savior was himself a Jew! If we love God, we must love what God loves and God loves his chosen people! (Murmuring) l’ve symbolically lit the eight candles of the Hanukkah menorah God’s people need that Hanukkah miracle again Jenny: Israel won the war A modern day miracle But our miracle, to have a family of our own, apparently wasn ‘t meant to be The doctors said Ryan and! would never have one of these precious gifts (Baby coos) He just seems so directionless He needs something beyond just making a living A calling perhaps? It’s time It’s time to tell him the truth Every night, | see that man’s face, making me give my word not to say anything until they’re both gone It’s been a thorn in my side for 31 years, mother I think about it Every day The truth shall set you free He has a right to know who he is (Out of tune) J‘ Girls and boys are everywhere J‘ J‘ Sunrise surfin’ J‘ J‘ Love is floating in the air J‘ J‘ Sunrise surfin’ J‘ Are you sure about this? l have never been so sure in my life J‘ I got a great, big love for you J‘ J‘ You’re one of a kind, You’re gonna be mine J‘ J‘ It’s the last thing I’m ever gonna do J‘ (Audience booing) Whoo! ldon’t believe this Dino! Ryan? Ryan, my main man! Pots and pans! — What is shakin’ bacon? — Man, how are you? I’m good man! And Jenny
Aw man, if I only had me a Jenny, lwouldn’t be spending so much money on alimony, huh? How you been man? Ah man I’m fine. I’m fine Is this your gig now? Oh no. ljust play where they pay I’ve been all over. Florida, New Orleans. California Psychedelic sound’s where it’s at This is cool You’re going to be backing me up in a minute Son, that’s going to be like shooting fish in a barrel — You serious? — Just for fun man You know it’s all her idea l’ll lay you down a beat, right? You just do what you do Ugh! Just like old times J‘ Beboppin’ baby, you know she can go, go, go J‘ J‘ Beboppin’ baby, shake, a rock ‘n roll J‘ J‘ You can ask her to dance, but she don’t wanna dance slow J‘ J‘ Beboppin’ baby, girl, you got me in a spin J‘ J‘ Beboppin’ baby, let the party begin J‘ J‘ She’s movin’ so fast J‘ J‘ You’re gonna think that she’s a twin J‘ J‘ Hey, girl, slow down J‘ J‘ I want to get to know ya J‘ J‘ I know that I can show ya J‘ J‘ You’re the girl for me, yeah, yeah, yeah J‘ J‘ Beboppin’ baby, you know she can go, go, go J‘ So let’s not do “Bee-bopping Baby.” That’s what the Georgia guy’s going to do You know what, everybody’s talking about him He’s like really good Oh but he’s not as good as you Now they’ll probably go in alphabetical order And that puts Ryan Wade last, which is perfect! Uh. | get the feeling, you think that I can actually win this thing ldo, and you will Hey Ho! (Audience cheering) Come on! Whoo! Hello, Nashville! Whoo! Man (from inside): Are you ready to rock? (Cheering) I said are you ready to rock? Man (from inside): Well, grab onto your britches, boys and girls. Ha! We’re going to rock this place like a hurricane. Come on! Come on! Hey. Hey, man Can I get a bourbon? In a you know what, why don’t you throw me down a Shirley Temple instead Louise: How much is ginger ale? Waiter: 15 cents ma’am Thank you We’ll share one I’ll have what he was going to have, but make it a double J‘ A gypsy man, I’ll always be J‘ J‘ It is just a part of me J‘ J‘ They say that I should settle down J‘ J‘ There’s only once place J‘ J‘ Oh, yeah J‘ J‘ l was born for a reason, not just breathing air J‘ J‘ Born for a reason, got something to share J‘ J‘ I’ll make no bones about it, sure as I’m sittin’ here J‘ J‘ l was born for a reason J‘ (Music continues muffled) MC: Ooh! That was out of Mobile, bringing everything with the Drexel smash Slap the dog and spit in the fire, that boy looks like our child (Audience cheering, music begins) J‘ Beboppin’ baby, you know she can go, go, go J‘ J‘ Beboppin’ baby, shake, a rock ‘n roll J‘ J‘ You can ask her to dance J‘ J‘ But she don’t want to dance slow J‘ J‘ Beboppin’ baby, girl you got me in a spin J‘ J‘ Beboppin’ baby, let the party begin J‘ (Music continues muffled) (Song stops, audience cheers) Who are you? The Volunteer state of Tennessee put your hands and screams together for Mr. Ryan Wade! (Music begins) J‘OohJ‘
J‘ I can see your picture in my mind J‘ J‘ A vision that seems so very real J‘ J‘ I miss you every night in my dreams J‘ J‘ Time and space never keep us apart J‘ J‘Ath‘ J‘ Your Iove’s keeping me tonight J‘ J‘Ath‘ J‘ Even when we’re far away J‘ J‘Ath‘ J‘ Your Iove’s keeping me tonight J‘ J‘Ath‘ J‘ Until the morning brings another day J‘ J‘ Brings another day J‘ J‘ Ooh, it’s a brand new day J‘ J‘ I can feel your touch like you are here J‘ J‘ A perfect love will cast away my fears J‘ J‘ I can hear your voice blowin’ in the wind J‘ J‘ Your love will turn the darkness into light J‘ J‘ Your Iove’s keeping me tonight J‘ J‘ Even when we’re far away J‘ J‘ Your Iove’s keeping me tonight J‘ J‘ Until the morning brings another day J‘ Whoo! That’s your winner I’m going to go talk to Mama okay? All right! All right. Have fun I’ll stay here Mama! I’ve never seen so much money in my whole life Much less at once Oh man, that was great Wasn’t that great? That was so great You did it You did great Man: Mr. Wade Great show tonight, sir Thank you, sir “Mr. Tony Nash, Management.” I can have you play in every major state fair in the region next month if you’re interested Oh, he’s interested! Good. Look, Ryan, why don’t you come by my office Monday, okay? — Thank you, sir. Monday? — Monday All right, I’ll see you there I’ve never seen anything like that tonight It was absolutely incredible Be good Have a nice night Thank you Louise: What just happened? I think he got a job Look, it’s not rocket science I get you booked Get you paid You give me 15% You can fire me any time you like Has anyone ever? Fired you It’s kind of an occupational hazard, ma’am Yeah well, I’m just trying to get my head wrapped around people paying good money to see someone act like somebody else Well, they do People love this guy They can’t get enough of him And you’re about as close to the real thing as I’ve ever seen So you can get me booked places? Tennessee state fair is already holding a spot for you Arkansas and Texas after that I haven’t heard back yet from Kansas City but it’ll be a yes — Just like that — Just like that You will not believe your eyes or your ears when | tell you who this isn’t, but you are going to love him anyway Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together
for The Identical! Well, thank you very much, Nashville! Right now we’d like to do a song I think ya’ll might know It goes like this (Drumsticks clicking) J‘ It’s a long way to Nashville J‘ J‘ To the Vegas neon lights J‘ J‘ I had to give my heart and soul J‘ J‘ You know, it’s been an uphill fight J‘ J‘ Headed to dreamland… J‘ (Horn honks) Oh, come on people, don’t be stupid We got a job to do here Hey, what’s going on? Ah, it’s closing weekend Final judging of the livestock Wow Looks like either that or Wayne Newton, right? Heh Woman: Drexel! (Women screaming) Oh, man I think this boy’s a star J‘ To Nashville tonight J‘ J‘ To Nashville tonight J‘ J‘ Ooh, to Nashville tonight J‘ J‘ Nashville tonight J‘ J‘ Nashville tonight J‘ J‘ Ooh, Nashville tonight J‘ J‘ A gypsy man, that’s who I am J‘ J‘ I do things my own way J‘ J‘ I might be here for a little while J‘ J‘ But I know that I won’t stay J‘ J‘ I’m a gypsy man J‘ J‘ A gypsy man, I’ll always be J‘ J‘ It is just a part of me J‘ J‘ They say that I should settle down J‘ J‘ But there are so many places, so many towns, yeah J‘ J‘OohJ‘ J‘ Something ’bout ya that | feel J‘ J‘ It makes me want to stay J‘ J‘ Girl, when you put your love on me J‘ J‘ I just got to stay, I’m a gypsy man J‘ J‘Yes, I am J‘ J‘ A gypsy man, I’ll always be J‘ J‘ It is just a part of me J‘ J‘ They say that I should settle down J‘ J‘ But there are so many places, so many towns J‘ J‘ Oh, I got a lot of places to see J‘ J‘Yeah! J‘ J‘OohJ‘ I want you to be proud of me, Daddy I am proud of you, Ryan I am proud of you Was this what you really wanted, really? I don’t know Jenny: Ryan took his act as far as it could go Doing 200 dates a year was beginning to feel like a man running on a hamster wheel But still, it wasn’t without its rewards J‘ I feel I know you J‘ J‘ I wish that I could show you J‘ J‘ There’s something that I’m feeling J‘ (Muffled singing) J‘ That it’s real, lfeel like I know you J‘ J‘ I wish that I could show you J‘ Wow That was great That was great Thanks Wow You know you missed three cues tonight You’ll leave one off the set list entirely,
but we’ve got time to rehearse other songs So what was that anyway? It’s one of mine It’s an original Oh, an original Cool! I want to work it into one of our sets Forget it Forget that? That’s right, forget it These people are paying to hear Drexel “The Dream,” not Ryan the Dream Oh, I see, uh, creative discretion No, it’s we’re booked two years out doing Drexel and Drexel only I mean, you’re printing money You’re making enough money to support five of Dino’s ex-wives on top of the two he’s already got And all of you, you just want to walk off a cliff and kill this golden goose You know, it ain’t always about the money, Tony Grow up, Ryan You know what, this is what you guys have been doing instead of rehearsing the show? You know what, it shows What are you talking about? I’m talking about you all getting fat and lazy, that’s what I’m talking about You’re not hungry anymore Look, Tony, I’m sick and tired of doing the same songs the same way 200 shows a year Being somebody I’m not Well, unfortunately that’s what you signed on for, and that’s what you are What is the big deal? I just want to work some of my songs in Nobody wants to hear your songs, Ryan! You don’t know that (Scoffs) All right Shall I spell it out for you, Ryan? — Yeah — Okay I didn’t sign Ryan Wade the artist | signed Ryan Wade “The Identical.” The best Drexel impersonator I’d ever heard or seen And I’ve worked too hard to let you destroy it You want to work on your own songs on your own time, that’s your business This right here, this is my business, son You can’t talk to me like that You were a rich turner singing in the church choir when I found you Back off, Tony Hey, I made you, Ryan Wade, and don’t you ever forget it You didn’t make anything It’s over, Tony I quit You quit? Well, go on and quit Ryan, there’s only one Elvis There’s one Drexel and there’s one Beatles, and you’re a pretender, buddy. You’re a nothing! Nobody’s ever going to sign you (Doorbell buzzes) I’m home Hi Jenny: It was like starting all over again and falling in love for the first time For just a little while, we were both living our dream, together J‘ City lights keep on shining J‘ J‘ Reminds me of the love we knew J‘ J‘ City lights keep on shining J‘ J‘ | see your smilin’ eyes a’blue J‘ J‘ City lights keep on shining J‘ J‘ Reminds me of a love we knew J‘ J‘ City lights keep on shining J‘ J‘ | see your smilin’ eyes a’blue J‘ J‘ Country boy, city girl J‘ J‘ We were like night and day J‘ J‘ I took her to the country J‘ J‘ But she just wouldn’t stay J‘ Yes, sir Yeah, absolutely, I’ll be there Thank you, sir. Bye City of Peace Records wants to meet with me tomorrow Whoo! We believe City Lights is a smash hit Now, Ryan, I want you to hear me, brother I’m prepared to give you $25,000 right now for your song Take it in the studio and cut it on The Dream himself Drexel Hemsley Now how does that sound to you It’s a mighty generous offer, but I just want to record my own music It’s not about the money It never was
Okay, $50,000! Jenny: Some dreams maybe just aren ‘t meant to be But dreams take a backseat to just plain health It all came to a head one September morning Actually, everything came to a head that day Ryan: I’m here, Dexter. I’m here Why you and not me? (Rattling, plane engine whirring) (Sighs) ldon’t get it, man Listen, I don’t care what they say, you’re still the greatest singer I ever heard Even (Crash) Ryan! Ryan! Man (on TV): Two months after Drexel Hemsley’s untimely death, the investigation of the cause of the fatal crash continues Thousands still gather outside the gates of his former home, Dreamland Letters and cards overrun the Nashville residence on a daily basis J‘ You rain down from heaven above J‘ (Singing continues) J‘ Now I’m clear to see what’s happened to me J‘ Amen Oh, it’s so good to have you kids here That is the sweetest dress on you Why, thank you And, honey, you look better Thank you, Mama Louise: Are you back work yet? Not yet, Mama Not yet Brother Wade, what’s new at church? Not much, really Except the board asked me to resign on Monday Mm-hmm Forty years Forty years. Practically built that place with my own two hands He used to go in his short pants and start the coal fire at five o’clock in the morning before worship That’s right Now I can’t even change the light bulb without getting dizzy Heh. Jenny, last month l preached the best sermon of my whole career Louise: Oh, it was outstanding And Ed Nichols reminds me, l preached the same one a year ago Louise: And I said, “Brother Nichols, what’s wrong with that? You just got blessed twice.” Oh yeah. It’s time You ready for him to be home all the time? Oh, I been waiting many a year But I finished the race Wasn’t always pretty, sometimes it wasn’t much fun But I got there There isn’t a better feeling this side of heaven Congratulations, Daddy Really I want you to have that same feeling, son It’s not too late Oh, Daddy! This isn’t the time Let’s just have a calm family supper without any– No, now is the time! He may be all grown up, but we’re his parents What are you going to do, Ryan? Hmm? You going to sit inside the house and mourn for the rest of your life? (Louise sighs) — You know what, y’all? You will honor your father by listening Whether you want to hear this or not l have heard it, Daddy A hundred times Why? Why do you keep running from this, son? God set you apart, son No, He didn’t! Oh, I know the story, Daddy I know it real well You dedicated me to God I know you have a vision for my life Well, you know what? It’s not my vision, Daddy The call you heard was for your life, not mine, not for me I’m trying to help you, son
Please, will you, contain yourself! I’m trying to help the boy Daddy, what’s wrong? Daddy? What is it, honey? Oh dear! Oh, Jenny! — Okay, I’m coming — Daddy, what’s wrong? I think he’s having a heart attack Mom, you call an ambulance Call an ambulance, Mom My pills! I’ll get them, Daddy, I’ll get them — It’s all right — Get my pills It’s all right We’re gettin’ you help, honey We’ll ride with y’all We’re right here, honey We’re right here I’ll follow, Mama I’m right behind you In the name of God Almighty and Jesus Christ, I command the Holy Spirit Ryan: I’m sorry, Daddy I’m sorry (Siren wails) William: Our dear son If you are reading these words it means your mother and I have passed from this life Time has come for you to know who you are and where you come from You were born to a mama and daddy who love you but can ‘t give you the life we want We believe God has put you here for something special and we asked a man of God to raise you up proper like You have an identical twin brother who is reading a letter just like yours right now So forgive us and understand this is what we had to do We love you and will see you in heaven Your daddy, your momma, William and Helen Hemsley (Phone rings) Ryan (on phone): Hello? Jenny (on phone): It was a mild heart attack He’s going to be okay Think of coming down? No. Not right now Ryan, your father wants to see you Honey? (Engine starts) Tell him I ‘m glad he’s all right Tell Mama tell her I know now, and I understand Understand what? She’ll know (Sobbing) (Brakes squeal) Now, what can I get for you?
I, ah How about a whiskey? That will cure your ills, my friend Man: Ryan? Ryan Wade? Down here I can’t believe this Darling, darling, do you know who this is? No, baby I told you I knew people Maybe now you’ll be nicer to me This is none other than The Identical What are you doing here? You wouldn’t believe me if I told you Name’s Damon Ha ha. I saw you once in Atlanta Man, | about died. I thought you was The Dream himself How did you get so dang good anyway? Born to it I guess Miss, if you don’t mind I’m going to trade this in for something else — A Dr. Pepper or something — Oh, yeah Put it on my tab, darling Gave it up, huh? Man, that’s a shame How did you get into this? I was pouring drinks at his hotel once He stopped and talked to me Treated me like a real human being Like he cared what I had to say First average size person ever did that Changed my life | see you’ve still got your chai though, just like his Yeah, why did he wear one? — He was Jewish — What? On his mother’s side Look it up Really? A Christian and a Jew Same guy. Heh He used to say he was covering his bases You believe that? Isn’t that great? Yeah You’re looking for something, aren’t you? Maybe Let me give you a little hint, Ryan Wade It ain’t here, but keep looking You’ll find it eventually Well, I’m up next Stick around. You might learn something, Identical Got to go J‘ I got a great, big love for you J‘ J‘ I never been small, We always been tall J‘ J‘ I got a great, big love for you J‘ J‘ Yeah, yeah, yeah, baby J‘ J‘ Come on now! J‘ (Plays guitar solo) J‘ Give it to me J‘ J‘ Oh, the hands are tied J‘ J‘—J‘ J‘ Oh, I cannot see what’s right in front of me J‘ J‘ Where in the world will I be with my next step I take J‘ J‘ Time, it keeps playing its tricks on me J‘ J‘As I move along, feel me get closer J‘ J‘ ‘Cause I know this there’s something about ya J‘ J‘ I can take a trip to see all there is to see J‘ J‘ I can be in jail then set free J‘ J‘ Getting trashed by a queen, laid out at her feet J‘ J‘ But in the end, there’s something about ya J‘ I’m sorry, baby I just thought it was some kind of answer to prayer We’ll figure something out Okay? Willie, I’ll pray too
Jenny: William Hemsley’s health deteriorated after Helen died Now with the passing of Drexel he was a frail and broken man well beyond his years He had a brother Dexter Ryan? He only made it one day Where is he buried? Out back, up the hill Thank you, ma’am Jenny: Ryan knew the car instantly that was parked by the private Hemsley cemetery and there’s only one person that would possibly take that limo to visit those graves on this day I’m sorry for your loss Nobody really know’d him All the papers talk about his mistakes, his weaknesses Hell, like we ain’t all got them Most people don’t know this He was born with an identical twin It was it was a hard day It was a hard day My boy My perfect boy My sweet boy Forgive me You’re already forgiven You know that No. No, I ain’t forgiven I ain’t forgiven I ain’t forgiven Mr. Hemsley I know it was a hard day See I was there It’s me, Daddy Dexter Ryan Hemsley My son My son My son (Guitar playing outside) J‘ Angel of my life J‘ J‘ You’re all I need J‘ J‘ You came into my life J‘ J‘ When I was alone J‘ J‘ Made me believe, I was alone J‘ J‘ Made me believe J‘ (Motorcycle approaches) You, working on the car? Oh, praise Jesus It’s supposed to be good for me It’s supposed to keep my to keep my mind active, but…l think it’s just a complete waste of time I mean, you know me with this I’ll do it, Daddy I always told you I’d wrestle you to the ground before I let you ride one of them things You’re too big for that now
I wanted to tell you so many times, Ryan…l I know, Daddy ljust I know There’s something I’ve got to tell you Okay Thank you And I mean thank you for everything And I mean everything, Daddy Ryan Oh You are my son And you are more than I ever dared pray for I want you to follow your dream, your calling, not mine Because you blessed me boy You blessed me, Ryan And I’m sorry, son I’m sorry, son Jenny: Ryan never let on to anyone but his family who he really was and came to walk the path of singing both his and his brother’s songs (Music plays) J‘ City lights keep on shining J‘ J‘ Reminds me of the love we knew J‘ J‘ City lights keep on shining J‘ J‘ I see your smilin’ eyes a’blue J‘ J‘ City lights keep on shining J‘ J‘ Reminds me of the love we knew J‘ J‘ City lights keep on shining J‘ J‘ I see your smilin’ eyes a’blue J‘ J‘ Country boy, city girl J‘ J‘ We were like night and day J‘ J‘ I took her to the country J‘ J‘ But she just wouldn’t stay J‘ J‘ City lights keep on shining J‘ J‘ She was a dancer on the stage of life J‘ J‘ City lights keep on shining J‘ J‘ All I wanted was a wife J‘ J‘ Shining, shining J‘ J‘ Shining on you and me J‘ J‘ Shining, shining J‘ J‘ Shining like it used to be J‘ Jenny: I guess it’s true If He is in our dreams, no one can stand against them (It Don’t Come Easy plays) J‘ It don’t come easy J‘ J‘ You know it don’t come easy J‘ J‘ It don’t come easy J‘ J‘ You know it don’t come easy J‘ J‘ Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues J‘ J‘ You know it don’t come easy J‘ J‘ You don’t have to shout or leap about J‘ J‘ You can even play them easy J‘ J‘ Forget about the past and all your sorrows J‘ J‘ The future won’t last J‘ J‘ It will soon be over tomorrow J‘ J‘ It don’t come easy J‘ J‘ You know it don’t come easy J‘ J‘ It don’t come easy J‘ J‘ You know it don’t come easy J‘ J‘ I don’t ask for much J‘ J‘ I only want trust J‘ J‘ And you know it don’t come easy J‘ J‘And this love of mine keeps growing all the time J‘ J‘ And you know it just ain’t easy J‘ J‘ Open up your heart, let’s come together J‘ J‘ Use a little love J‘ J‘ And we will make it work out better J‘
J‘ Ooh, easy J‘ J‘ Yeah J‘ J‘OohJ‘ J‘ It don’t come easy J‘ J‘ It don’t come easy J‘ J‘ You know it don’t come easy J‘ J‘ It don’t come easy J‘ J‘ You know it don’t come easy J‘ J‘ Peace, remember peace J‘ J‘ ls how we make it J‘ J‘ Here within your reach J‘ J‘ If you’re big enough to take it J‘ J‘ It don’t come easy J‘ J‘ You know it don’t come easy J‘ (Guitar playing) J‘ I wanted to let you know J‘ J‘ What you mean to me J‘ J‘ So I wrote a little song J‘ J‘ What I’m trying to say to you, darling J‘ J‘ Is that I miss you J‘ J‘ Now that you are gone J‘ J‘ I know I let love slip away J‘ J‘ It’s like trying to hold onto a runaway train J‘ J‘ Seems like I’ve been walking down lonely road J‘ J‘ Like a blind man, I can’t find my way back home J‘ J‘ Everybody knows it J‘ J‘ Everybody wants it J‘ J‘ Everybody needs to know they have somebody to love J‘ J‘ Everybody feels it J‘ J‘ Everybody sees it J‘ J‘ Everybody needs to know they have somebody to love J‘ J‘ The clock upon the wall J‘ J‘ Reads 2:00am J‘ J‘And I’m still hoping that you’ll call J‘ J‘ The minutes turn to hours J‘ J‘And hours in to days J‘ J‘OhlJ‘ J‘ Slow down, I’m gonna ride that pony J‘ J‘ And put the music back in our song J‘ J‘ I want you to know I’m feeling J‘ J‘ Now we can J‘ J‘OohJ‘ J‘ Everybody knows it J‘ J‘ Everybody wants it J‘ J‘ Everybody needs to know they have somebody to love J‘ J‘ Everybody feels it J‘ J‘ Everybody sees it J‘ J‘ Everybody needs to know they have somebody to love J‘ J‘ Everybody knows it J‘ J‘ Everybody wants it J‘ J‘ Everybody needs to know… J‘