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DescriptionEdit

Jim Steinman offers this description of the Batman final scene: "... at the end of Batman, under the fiery ruins of an elevated train & track, fighting ferociously with Joker, Catwoman & Batman unite. And in the battle, Catwoman is mortally wounded, 'saving' Batman's life heroically. In a climactic elegiac song, Batman, holding the dying Catwoman in his arms, sings 'We're Still The Children We Once Were', along with the expiring Catwoman, and with themselves as the little kids who saw the murder. It forms a hopefully thrilling, tragic quartet: Bruce as an orphan, Selena as a terrified urchin, Batman, as a heartshattered avenger, and Catwoman as a dying doomed hero. A spine tingling quartet. Batman's final act of gruesome revenge still awaits. But this is the operatic finale..."[1]

Other titlesEdit

Working titles have included "Still the Children: A Requiem" (as it was billed at Dream Engine performances) and "We're Still the Children We Were Then" (as it was initially labeled for a considerable period of time on the official Dream Engine website before Jim decided on the current title).

VersionsEdit

Jim Steinman on a Batman demo recording

The Dream Engine on a demo recording[2]

The Dream Engine at various live shows

LyricsEdit

We're still the children we were then
And we never found a way
We never did get home
Where's Mommy? Daddy? Where'd they go?
They've left us here alone
And with all the arts we've mastered
And all the things we've known
Who's going to take us home?

We're still the children we were then
Who's going to take us home?
We're still the children we were then
Who's going to take us home?
Take us home

And I hope you know that after all these demons
Have passed and gone
There's always one more left
And we simply can't turn on the light
And we surely can't turn off the night
We can't find a way to get away
From how we've grown
Still waiting to go home

We're still the children we were then
Still waiting to go home
We're still the children we were then
Still waiting to go home
Still waiting to go home

I apologize for any histrionics
Reality can be a crashing bore
But if you really want something maudlin
All you do is march a broad in*
And let emotions pour
Let emotions pour!

*Alternate lyrics:
But if you want some heavy drama
I've got a whole damn panorama

But now in all sincerity
Try not to be too rough on me
When adding up the score
Who did what and how, what for!
And with all this knowledge
How can we be so alone?
Some people never do get home

We're still the children we once were
Some people never do get home
We're still the children we once were
Some people never do get home
Some people never do get home
Some people never do get home!

And with all this knowledge
How can we be so alone?
Some people never do get home
We're still the children we were then
Some people never do get home
We're still the children we were then
Some people never do get home
Some people never do get home
Some people never do get home

Take me home...
Now

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