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Music Prompt #27: “Trouble in River City” from the musical “The Music Man”

Hello Again!

I was looking through my music grab bag for the perfect prompt for you and ran across this beauty from the musical, “The Music Man.” It was hard to settle on one!

Watching the video for “Trouble in River City” made me laugh so hard, I woke up my fiance’s deaf grandmother 🙂 Did you watch any musicals growing up, forced or by free will? I watched a ton of them in Music class. My favorite one is “Fiddler on the Roof.” Still makes me laugh.

Are you up for the musical challenge? Can you keep from laughing during the five minutes? I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

 

Well, ya got trouble, my friend, right here,
I say, trouble right here in River City.
Why sure I’m a billiard player,
Certainly mighty proud I say
I’m always mighty proud to say it.
I consider that the hours I spend
With a cue in my hand are golden.
Help you cultivate horse sense
And a cool head and a keen eye.
Did ya ever take and try to give
An iron-clad leave to yourself
From a three-rail billiard shot?
But just as I say,
It takes judgement, brains, and maturity to score
In a baulk line game,
I say that any boob kin take
And shove a ball in a pocket.
And they call that sloth.
The first big step on the road
To the depths of deg-ra-Day–
I say, first, medicinal wine from a teaspoon,
Then beer from a bottle.
An’ the next thing ya know,
Your son is playin’ for money
In a pinch-back suit.
And list’nin to some big out-a-town Jasper
Hearin’ him tell about horse-race gamblin’.
Not a wholesome trottin’ race, no!
But a race where they set down right on the horse!
Like to see some stuck-up jockey’boy
Sittin’ on Dan Patch? Make your blood boil?
Well, I should say.
Friends, let me tell you what I mean.
You got one, two, three, four, five, six pockets in a table.
Pockets that mark the diff’rence
Between a gentlemen and a bum,
With a capital “B,”
And that rhymes with “P” and that stands for pool!
And all week long your River City
Youth’ll be frittern away,
I say your young men’ll be frittern!
Frittern away their noontime, suppertime, choretime too!
Get the ball in the pocket,
Never mind gittin’ Dandelions pulled
Or the screen door patched or the beefsteak pounded.
Never mind pumpin’ any water
‘Til your parents are caught with the Cistern empty
On a Saturday night and that’s trouble,
Oh, yes we got lots and lots a’ trouble.
I’m thinkin’ of the kids in the knickerbockers,
Shirt-tail young ones, peekin’ in the pool
Hall window after school, ya got trouble, folks!
Right here in River City.
Trouble with a capital “T”
And that rhymes with “P” and that stands for pool!
Now, I know all you folks are the right kinda parents.
I’m gonna be perfectly frank.
Would ya like to know what kinda conversation goes
On while they’re loafin’ around that Hall?
They’re tryin’ out Bevo, tryin’ out cubebs,
Tryin’ out Tailor Mades like Cigarette Fiends!
And braggin’ all about
How they’re gonna cover up a tell-tale breath with Sen-Sen.
One fine night, they leave the pool hall,
Headin’ for the dance at the Arm’ry!
Libertine men and Scarlet women!
And Rag-time, shameless music
That’ll grab your son and your daughter
With the arms of a jungle animal instinct!
Mass-steria!
Friends, the idle brain is the devil’s playground!

People:
Trouble, oh we got trouble,
Right here in River City!
With a capital “T”
That rhymes with “P”
And that stands for Pool,
That stands for pool.
We’ve surely got trouble!
Right here in River City,
Right here!
Gotta figure out a way
To keep the young ones moral after school!
Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble…

Harold:
Mothers of River City!
Heed that warning before it’s too late!
Watch for the tell-tale sign of corruption!
The minute your son leaves the house,
Does he rebuckle his knickerbockers below the knee?
Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger?
A dime novel hidden in the corn crib?
Is he starting to memorize jokes from Capt.
Billy’s Whiz Bang?
Are certain words creeping into his conversation?
Words like, like ‘swell?”
And ‘so’s your old man?”
Well, if so my friends,
Ya got trouble,
Right here in River city!
With a capital “T”
And that rhymes with “P”
And that stands for Pool.
We’ve surely got trouble!
Right here in River City!
Remember the Maine, Plymouth Rock and the Golden Rule!
Oh, we’ve got trouble.
We’re in terrible, terrible trouble.
That game with the fifteen numbered balls is a devil’s tool!
Oh yes we got trouble, trouble, trouble!
With a “T”! Gotta rhyme it with “P”!
And that stands for Pool!!!


Based on the Broadway Musical, “The Music Man”

Written by Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey

Photo Courtesy of mxruben

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11 comments on “Music Prompt #27: “Trouble in River City” from the musical “The Music Man”

  1. a darkened house
    January 29, 2016

    I’m a show tune kinda gal — and I’ve parodied this one a few times.
    For some reason, lines from this musical pop into my head on a regular basis — even though it’s not my favourite.
    I can’t get “76 trombones in the big parade, 100 & something right behind, rows and rows of piccolos, and something of every kind” from going round and round. Happens a lot.
    I got trouble
    Right here . . .

    • Vagrant Rhodia
      January 29, 2016

      Lmao Was “The Music Man” your favorite, or did you have another?

      • a darkened house
        January 30, 2016

        Oh, I have a bunch: Oklahoma; South Pacific; American in Paris; Guys & Dolls; My Fair Lady; Camelot; Mary Poppins. My favorites change, and most I’ve seen as movies, not stage plays.
        Often it’s a song or two that sticks.
        Funniest thing of all — I have absolutely NO musical talent (except the kazoo) yet, I dream show tunes that I’ve supposedly written, or sing!
        But then, I also dream musical #s for shows like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, so I’m rather ?

      • Vagrant Rhodia
        January 30, 2016

        I like your sense of style 😀

  2. Sanaa Rizvi
    January 29, 2016

    Loved the prompt Rose 🙂 here’s my offering.

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  6. julespaige
    February 1, 2016

    Hope you’ll ‘quack up’ with this mini mash:
    Fowl Cried

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