from Chaplin: The Musical
Music & Lyrics by Christopher Curtis
That’s Charlotte in wardrobe and Mary in makeup
The girls who will help you look pretty.
That’s Hank on the Dolly and Pete on the props
And the man at the camera is Rollie
Now makeup is waiting and daylight is fading
So why not begin with the fun?
Come over here, Chaplin, and hang on my words
And I’ll show you how pictures are done.
With a girl and a bench, two pies and a tree
Three cops, we’ll have you all laughing
Mabel sit down, Fatty stand up
Chaplin get in there. It’s happening.
Trouble arrives. A villain appears,
Fatty catch her flirting
And he who gets in Fatty’s way,
I promise will be hurting
A little the left ,a little to the right
Stand up, Chaplin find your light
Sit down, stand up, move left, move down
No, no, Chaplin just look right
C’mon, Chaplin, look at me
And give me one reaction
Did you get what I said?
Forget what I said.
I really just want to see action
A little to the left, a little to the right
Get in there, Chaplin, start a fight
Show me just a little of the magic that I saw that night
Cue the cops, cue the pies
And villans hidden in disguise
Chaplin, help me, time is money
Won’t you show me something funny?
Mabel’s sweating, Fatty’s thinning
Give me just one gag that’s winning
Rollie’s rolling, Pete is waiting
Move it kid, stop hesitating.
Chaplin stand, Mabel strut,
Fatty punch him in the gut
Chaplin up, mouth is shut
Be funny, Chaplin, dammit cut!
Time has past, so move it fast
And give me one good shot
You’d think you’d have it in you to just give me all you’ve got
The camera’s almost empty so the pressure is on you
The dusk is here the day has almost slipped without a trace
So grab and pie and run on by, hit Fatty in the face
I know it’s shtick, I know it’s crude, but who can really blame us
So c’mon kid and show me now the gag for which I’m famous.
Soprano Jacqueline Novikov, founder of Forma Music, is dedicated to entertaining and educating audiences through classical
vocal music. She uses music's powerful language to express life's humorous, serious, mundane and sacred truths. Jacqueline holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music in New York City....more