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Monday, 4 January 2021

Ya Got Trouble - Morgan Stevens - Song of the Week


"Ya Got Trouble" written by Meredith Willson, comes from the season 2 episode "UN Week" and is performed by Morgan Stevens.





Well either you're closing your eyes
To a situation you do not wish to acknowledge
Or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated
By the presence of a pool table in your community

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
J'ever take and try to find
An iron-clad leave for yourself
From a three-rail billiard shot?

But just as I say
It takes judgment, brains, and maturity to score
In a balkline game

I say that any boob can take
And shove a ball in a pocket
And I 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
Settin' on Dan Patch? Make your blood boil?

Well, I should say
Now, friends, lemme tell you what I mean
Ya 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 fritterin' away
I say your young men'll be fritterin'!
Fritterin' away their noontime, suppertime, choretime too!
Get the ball in the pocket
Never mind gettin' 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
Yes you got lots and lots of 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 kind of 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 be 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, your daughter
With the arms of a jungle animal instinct!

Mass-staria!
Friends, the idle brain is the devil's playground!
Trouble!

Oh, we got trouble

Right here in River City!

Right here in River City!


With a capital "T"
And that rhymes with "P"
And that stands for pool

That stands for pool!
We've surely got trouble!
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...


Mothers of River City!
Heed that warning before it's too late!
Watch for the tell-tale signs of corruption!
The moment your son leaves the house
Does he re-buckle 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 Cap'n Billy's Whiz Bang?
Are certain words creeping into his conversation?
Words like, like "swell"?

Trouble, trouble, trouble!
Aha! And "so's your old man"?
Trouble, trouble, trouble!
Well, if so my friends
Ya got trouble
Oh, we got trouble
Right here in River City!
Right here in River City!
With a capital "T"
And that rhymes with "P"
And that stands for pool!
That stands for pool!


We've surely got trouble!
We've surely got trouble!
Right here in River City!
Right here!

Remember the Maine, Plymouth Rock and the Golden Rule!
Oh, we got trouble
We're in terrible, terrible trouble
That game with the fifteen numbered balls is a devil's tool!

Devil's tool!
Oh yes we got trouble, trouble, trouble!

Oh yes we got trouble here! We've got big, big trouble!
With a "T"!
With a capital "T"!
Gotta rhyme it with "P"!
Gotta rhyme with "P"!
And that stands for pool!
That stands for pool!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Morgan Stevens......So talented.