". . . homework, yuck . . ."

  • Song Found On:
    You're A Good Man,
    Charlie Brown
    Soundtrack
    1967
  • Based on the "Peanuts" Charles M. Schulz comic strip, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN has been delighting audiences since its debut in 1967 and the revival version sparked an even greater interest in the show. Clark Gesner, who wrote musical's lyrics and music, attributed the popularity of the play to Schulz's "immensely human view of the world and his special ability to say it for all of us." In this song, he expresses the view of many past, present, and future students regarding homework.

 

THE BOOK REPORT
from the Off-Broadway Musical "YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN"



Lyrics:

Sally: Homework!

Schroeder: Homework!

Lucy: Homework!

Charlie Brown: Homework!

All: YUCK!

All: A book report on Peter Rabbit...

Sally: Peter Rabbit is this stupid book about this stupid rabbit who stole vegetables from other people's gardens. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17. Hmm, 83 to go.

Lucy: The name of the book about which this book report is about is Peter Rabbit which is about this Rabbit.

Schroeder: I found it very . . . I liked the part where . . . It was a . . . It reminded me of Robin Hood! And the part where Little John jumped from the rock on the Sheriff of Nottingham's back, and then Robin and everyone sprung from the trees in a sudden surprise attack, and he captured the sheriff and all of his goods and he carried him back to the camp in the woods and the And the sheriff was guest at the dinner and all but he wriggled away and he sounded the call and the men rushed in and the arrows flew . . . Peter Rabbit had sort of that kind of thing too...

Sally: The other people's name was Macgregor. 18,19,20,21,22,23. Hmmm.

Linus: In examining such a work as Peter Rabbit, it is important that the superficial characteristics of its deceptively simple plot should not be allowed to blind the reader to the more substantial fabric of its deeper motivations. In this report, I plan to discuss the sociological implications of family pressures so great as to drive an otherwise moral rabbit to acts of thievery, which he consciously knew where against the law. I also hope to explore the personality of Mister Macgregor, in his conflicting role of farmer and humanitarian. Peter Rabbit is established from the start as a benevolent hero, and it is only with the increase of social pressure that the seams in his moral fabric . . .

Charlie Brown: If I start writing now, when I'm not really rested, it could upset my thinking, which is not good at all. I'll get a fresh start tomorrow and it's not due till Wednesday, so I'll have all of Tuesday unless something should happen. Why does this always happen? I should be outside playing, getting fresh air and sunshine, I work best under pressure, and there'll be lots of pressure if I wait till tomorrow, I should start writing now. But if I start writing now, when I'm not really rested, it could upset my thinking, which is not good at all . . .

Sally: The name of the rabbit was Peter. 24,25,26,27,28,29,30! Ha!

Schroeder: Down came the staff on his head, smash! And Robin fell like a sack full of lead, crash! The sheriff laughed, and he left him for dead, ha! But he was wrong!

Sally: 35,36,37,38,39,40!

Schroeder: Just then an arrow flew in, whing! It was the sign for the fight to begin, zing! And then it looked like the sheriff would win, ha! But not for long . . . Away they ran, just like rabbits . . . who run a lot . . . as you can tell from the story . . . of Peter Rabbit . . . who this report . . . is about . . .

Charlie Brown: How do they expect us to write a book report of any quality in just two days?

Lucy: There were vegetables in the garden . . . such as lettuce, and carrots and onions, and mushrooms (continues to list vegetables)

Charlie Brown: How can they conspire to make life so miserable . . . and so insensible in so many ways?

Linus: Not to mention the deeply-rooted pressure exerted on him by his extreme sibling rivalry with Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail . . .

Lucy: The name of the book about which, this book report is about is . . .

All: Peter Rabbit, Peter Rabbit . . .

Sally: 74,75,76,77,78,79

Lucy: And they were very very very very very very happy to be home. The end . . .

Sally: 94,95

Lucy: The very, very, very end...

Sally: Amen.

Charlie Brown: A book report on Peter Rabbit...
 
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