“Rock Island” The Music Man (opening scene)03:31

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Published on July 2, 2016

MOVIE LYRICS – The Music Man – “Rock Island Song” – (Opening Scene)
Scene: Salesman/carpetbaggers on a train. The script is read by several people on the train and starts out slow, keeping pace with the sounds of the steam locomotive as it pulls away from the station, slowly increasing its speed. The brilliance of this script is its clever use of plosives that mimic the sound of the train.

(Note: While this isn’t a voice-over script per-se, it’s a good challenge to work on word pacing, pronunciation while keeping a rhythm. You can Google this to see the actual clip from the movie on You Tube.)


Cash for the merchandise, cash for the button hooks
Cash for the cotton goods, cash for the hard goods
Cash for the fancy goods
cash for the noggins and the piggins and the frikins
Cash for the hogdhead, cask and demijohn.
Cash for the crackers and the pickles and the flypaper
Look whatayatalk. whatayatalk, whatayatalk, whatayataalk, whatayatalk?
Ya can talk, ya can talk, ya can bicker ya can talk,
ya can bicker, bicker bicker ya can talk all ya want
but is different than it was.
No it ain’t, no it ain’t, but ya gotta know the territory.
Shh shh shh shh shh shh shh
Why it’s the Model T Ford made the trouble,
made the people wanna go, wanna get, wanna get up and go
seven eight , nine, ten, twelve, fourteen, twenty-two, twenty-three miles to the county seat
Yes sir, yes sir
Who’s gonna patronize a little bitty two by four kinda store anymore?
Whaddaya talk, whaddaya talk.
Where do you get it?
Gone, gone
Gone with the hogshead cask and demijohn, gone with the sugar barrel,
pickle barrel, milk pan, gone with the tub and
the pail and the fierce

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