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Lyrics (Extended album Versions)

Lights! Camera!! Action Verb!!!


SCENE 1:

Noun
HELP!
Aaaaah!

Dispatcher
Calling all units! Calling all units!
There’s a Noun stuck in a burning building and he can’t jump --
He’s too scared to take action.

Policeman
Roger, Roger... This is Sergeant Do-Nuttin’...
We just arrived at the donut shop. We can be there in...
Hold on... 45 minutes. Over.

Action Verb
That will be too late...
Fear not Noun
I’m on my way
‘Cause I’m an Action Verb
And I take action!
Now!

Director
Lights! Camera!! Action Verb!!!

Action Verb
I arrive at the scene of a burning building
Alas, on the third story is a Noun, and he says...

Noun
I can’t do anything!

Action Verb
Yes you can! -- I entreat him.

Noun
I can what?

Action Verb
You can...
Jump to safety!
Splat. Oops.
On second thought, maybe you should try to run down the stairs... Yes!
Or you can swing to safety from the lamppost.

But no matter what you do
When there’s a fire...
Then you must stop
Drop
And roll...

CHORUS 1

No matter what you do
You must take action!
So be an action hero
Woman, man!

Yes, you must strive for
Quick retraction of inaction.
Yes, they’re big words
Ah, but I’m sure you understand.

You must be
Taking action, making action
All of the time
Always have adventure in mind
Yes! I’m taking action, making action
All of the time
Whatever you seek, you shall find.
‘Cause you’re an Action Verb!
Yes, an Action Verb!
It may sound absurd.
But you’re an Action Verb!

So you can see, hear, dance, sing, meow, swoon, love, cry…
Sometimes it exhausts me...

Director
CUT! That’s a wrap. Everybody take five.

Action Verb
Great! I will spend my time wisely and exercise, comb my hair, and gaze into the mirror.
Forthwith I shall skip to my room and open the door...

SCENE 2:

Action Verb
Oh, excuse me. Wrong dressing room.

Linking Verb
No worries, man. You’re here, come in, just be...

Action Verb
Who are you? I don’t mean to intrude...

Linking Verb
Dude, I’m a Linking Verb. Be like me. Express a state of being, man.

Action Verb
I am... confused.

Linking Verb
Exactly, man! You = confused. When you hear a verb you can replace with an equals sign...
That’s me, man. I’m all about equality, man.

Action Verb
I love equality!

Linking Verb
Right on, brother -- Then let’s all hold hands and sing in harmony. Here we go...

Both
I = happy

Linking Verb
I’m happy man, ‘cause the sky is blue.

Both
The sky = blue.

Action Verb
Then let’s go and see it!

Linking Verb
Why the hurry? The Noun is safe.

Both
The Noun = safe.

Action Verb
Then let’s go do something profound!

Linking Verb
Now there you go...

Both
Profound = love.

Linking Verb
Profundity is love, man.

Action Verb
Beware and hide! I see the Adverb coming.

Linking Verb
You sound worried about being modified, man. Just let it be, be who you are.

Action Verb
But I = action!

Linking Verb
If that’s your satisfaction, man, go do your thing.

Both
Goodbye! We can link up later.

Action Verb
I... FEEL... groovy!

SCENE 3:

Pronoun
Aaaaah! HELP!!

Action Verb
Oh my! A damsel in distress!

Dispatcher
Calling all units! Calling all units!
There’s a Pronoun stuck in a tall tree and she won’t budge --
She’s too scared to take action.

Pronoun
Golly gee
I’m a She
Stuck in a tree
Such misery
Could Thee be the He
For Me?

Action Verb
Could it be that She
Is the Pronoun for Me?
‘Cause I’m a lonely Verb
But I take action!
Always!

Director
Lights! Camera!! Action Verb!!!

Action Verb
I arrive at the foot of a massive tree.
Hanging from the end of the tallest branch is a Pronoun,
And She says...

Pronoun
I can’t do anything!

Action Verb
Yes, you can, M’lady!

Pronoun
But I’m scared!

Action Verb
Never fear!
I am here!
And you are...
Beautiful, Pronoun.

Pronoun
Oh, save me, Action Verb!
Before I go splat under this tree...

Action Verb
I will rescue you.
We will ride off into the sunset.
And I will call you... You.

Pronoun
Ooh!

Action Verb & Pronoun Together
I’ll be your Action Verb
I will be transitive
Or maybe intransitive
I will be all that you ask me to be...

Action Verb
I shall save you with my transitive verb powers
I shall throw you the rope
I shall offer you my hand
And I shall regale you with tales of my past glory

Pronoun
Nay! I’ll not be saved by a Verb who passes his action onto an object
Am I just an object to you?

Action Verb
(Gasps)
Nay! Perhaps my intransitive verb powers...
Are what M’lady longs to see?

Pronoun
“Yes please!” -- Says She.

Action Verb
Then do not weep...

Pronoun
You set me free!

Action Verb
Then leap to me.
Leap, M’lady.

Pronoun
(Sigh)
Wheee!

Action Verb
Awww! My back!
I... got you!

Pronoun
Sing with me!

Action Verb
Frankly, my dear...

CHORUS 2

No matter what you do
You must take action!
So be an Action Hero
Woman, man!

Yes, you must strive for
Quick retraction of inaction.
Yes, they’re big words
Ah, but I’m sure you understand.

You must be
Taking action, making action
All of the time.
Always have adventure in mind.
Yes! I’m taking action, making action
All of the time.
Whatever you seek, you shall find.
‘Cause you’re an Action Verb!
Yes, an Action Verb!
It may sound absurd.
But you’re an Action Verb!

So you can see, hear, dance, sing, meow, swoon, love, cry… kiss? SEE, HEAR, DANCE, SING MEOW, SWOON, LOVE, CRY, KISS?!?

Pronoun
Kiss me, Action Verb!

Both
(Kissing sound)

SCENE 4:

Linking Verb
I now pronoun you He and She, man...

Everyone At The Film Shoot
(Clapping)

Pronoun
My, that’s a lot of applause...

Action Verb
Thank you, thank you so much, thank you so much
And give it up for my co-star, the Pronoun!

Pronoun
Oh! Thank you!

Action Verb
Lights! Camera!! Action Verb!!!

Pronoun
Lights! Camera!! Action Verb!!!

Action Verb
Lights! Camera!! Action Verb!!!

Pronoun
Lights! Camera!! --

Adverb
-- Action Verb! We meet again. Prepare to be modified.

Action Verb
Alas! An Adverb. Do your worst...

Adverb
Very well, then... Quickly

Pronoun
Quickly?!?

Action Verb
You must be
Taking action, making action
All of the time.
Always have adventure in mind.

Pronoun
Woo!

Adverb
Stop! Now... slowly.

Pronoun
(Gasps!)
Slowly!!!...

Action Verb
(Getting sleepy)
Making action, taking action
All of the time.

Pronoun
Huh?

Action Verb
(Almost asleep)
Whatever you seek, you shall find.
‘Cause you’re an Action Verb!
An Action Verb!

Pronoun
Pssst!
Wake up!

Action Verb
Lights, camera, Action Verb...
Action Verb...
(Snore)

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