In Atomic, a musical about the making of the atomic bomb and its aftermath, Jeremy Kushnier portrays Einstein pupil, nuclear physicist Leo Szilard, who helped create the bomb and then tried to stop its use. Sara Gettelfinger portrays his wife, and Randy Harrison plays Paul Tibbets, the pilot who drops the bomb on Japan.
Together they sang “Only Numbers” at the Broadway in Bryant Park lunchtime concert. Below the video are the lyrics.
THOSE PEOPLE DOWN BELOW, JUST NUMBERS
NOBODY THAT I KNOW, JUST NUMBERS
IT WASN’T ME THAT MADE THE CALL
BUT IF IT ENDS THE WAR THEN I’M GIVING IT MY ALL.
COUNT THE DEAD IN THE ROAD TOLL, JUST NUMBERS
SAME AS LAST YEAR MAYBE MORE, JUST NUMBERS. IT’S ONE THING WHEN THE NUMBER’S IN THE NEWS ANOTHER WHEN HE’S EVERYTHING TO YOU.
THE SECONDS OF A LIFE, JUST NUMBERS
PEOPLE ALWAYS DIE, JUST NUMBERS
IF WE DON’T FIGHT, WHAT DO WE GAIN? A FEW MORE MONTHS OF HURT AND PAIN.
Target confirmed. Drop when ready.
WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS YOU HAVE TO DO
TAKE A BREATH, CLOSE YOUR EYES TRY AND SEE IT THROUGH
TALK ALL YOU WANT, HERE AT THE END WHEN IT’S LIFE OR DEATH, YOU OR THEM SOMEONE’S GOT TO LOSE
LEO IT’S TIME TO CHOOSE.
ALL THEY’RE ONLY NUMBERS,
PAUL PLAY OR LOSE.
ALL ONLY NUMBERS,
TRUDE WE’VE GOT TO TRY.
THE DAY WE DON’T FIGHT IS THE DAY THAT WE DIE.
WHEN THE NUMBER HAS A NAME
AND THE NUMBER HAS A FACE
WHEN THE NUMBER IS YOUR LIFE
AND IT CANNOT BE REPLACED
NUMBERS, WHEN YOU’VE DONE ALL YOU CAN DO
ONLY NUMBERS, AND SAID ALL YOU CAN SAY
ALL TAKE A BREATH
CLOSE YOUR EYES
BLOW A MILLION DREAMS AWAY.