This piece is from the score of the original stage musical Cupid’s Arrow. It is performed by the characters Bud and the Immortal Quartet.
Listen to .mp3 sample of Let Her Know from the Original Cast Recording.
See the Cupid’s Arrow post for Original Cast Recording performance credits.
2007, 1988 Mark S. Meritt
Listen to .mp3 sample of Let Her Know (Instrumental).
During college, Mark first gained access to a multitrack tape recorder. Among his first experiments was a new instrumental versions of this song.
2007, 1990 Mark S. Meritt
Lyrics & Book Excerpt
Let her know how you feel.
Give her a reason
To feel the way you do
About her day and night.
You’ve got nothing to lose
‘Cause she won’t bite.
Come on, Zach be cool.
Zach don’t be a fool.
Ya gotta let her know tonight.
ZACH: After what happened at the restaurant?
(The IMMORTAL QUARTET enters, and starts “doo-wopping”.)
BUD: Kid, from now on your whole life is after what happened at the restaurant, so there’s no time like the present.
ZACH: Who are they?
BUD: The Immortal Quartet. The most heavenly background singers ever to play the Vegas circuit. They’re dead, but they really like to sing, so they do. Don’t mind them. We’re just having a good time. And that’s exactly what you’re gonna be doing with Leslie, as soon as you get your act straight.
Show her how much you care.
If you stay silent
Your feelings might as well be numb.
Show her your savoir faire.
ZACH: But I don’t have any.
So we’ll get you some!
You have to take a stand
And show her you’re a man,
‘Cause if you don’t you know you’re just plain dumb.
If you expect her to spend
Every day of her life
Standing by your side
Without you giving her anything
Well, you’re taking yourself for a ride.
You’ve got to trust in her and love her
And I know these things take time,
But if you have the patience you’ll be fine.
HORATIO (entering): Where’s all that music coming from? Who are you?
BUD: I am Cupid! And here is my proof.
HORATIO: Cupid? It is an honor, your immortalship!
BUD: You believe me?
HORATIO: Absolutely! Oh, I must put this in my diary! (exits)
BUD: Darn. I was gonna do a neat trick! Well, back to business. Zach, girls are fickle. Even if you do all this nice, idealistic stuff, she may want some simple things. A bracelet, an ice cream soda, a night of dancing-
ZACH: I can’t dance.
BUD: Can’t dance? I’ll teach you. We’ll start with…a waltz!
(The song goes into a fast waltz as BUD starts waltzing with ZACH, singing along with “Bop bop a doo dee da…” Midway through the instrumental verse, ZACH stops BUD.)
ZACH: I don’t know if I like this.
BUD: Well, then let’s try something else. How about…samba!
Cha cha cha! Cha cha cha! Cha cha cha! Chaa chaa chaa chaaah.
ZACH: I don’t know about this whole dancing thing, Bud.
BUD: Well, then you’re just gonna have to stick with idealism.
Give her all your heart
But only with your understanding.
‘Cause without that you’ll have nothing.
ZACH: You know, you’re absolutely right!
BUD: That’s the attitude!
(They look at each other.)
BUD: You psyched?
BUD: Well, let’s go!
ZACH: Yes!…But it’s midnight.
BUD (pause): So?
(They both run out the door as the song builds to an end. The door slams, and:)
© 2007 Mark S. Meritt; © 1988 Mark S. Meritt and Ed Budd