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Women Can Be

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by The Count, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    OK, got a tape with a full clip of the classic SS song, "Women Can Be". However, since I have questions concerning the characters involved in the song, thought the best thing to do would be to post the lyrics and then ask my questions. So, here goes!

    *Calliope organ music heard in the background.
    *Spoken: Women characters: Are we all here? Good, I'm pleased to be.

    *Song starts.
    Women can fly way up high on trapeezes.
    Women can be roller-skaters.
    Women can help you find cures for diseases.
    Women can hunt alligators.
    Privates and poets and policewomen too.
    There's so many things we women can do.
    We can be clowns.
    We can be cooks.
    We can be bus drivers.
    We can write books.
    There's so many things we women can be.

    *Old-sounding woman, spoken: Sing it like it is Teresa.
    Teresa, sung: I used to be good with a needle and thread.
    I'd sell dainty dresses of blue.
    But one day I got an urgin',
    To be a great surgeon.
    And now I sew people up too.

    *All, sung: One day she got a great urgin',
    To be a great surgeon.
    And now she sews people up too.

    *Another woman, spoken: Margaret, tell them about the cat.
    Margaret: I used to train my little cat.
    So sweet, so quiet, such a thing.
    But the tricks I was tryin',
    Required a lion.
    *Lion roars, All: A lion?!?
    Margaret: And that's why I'm here in this ring.

    *All, sung: The tricks she was tryin',
    Required a lion.
    And that's why she's here in this ring.

    Third Woman: I used to bicycle all over the world.
    My mother would say Come home soon.
    *Others: Come home soon.
    Third Woman: I traveled so fast off,
    The earth I would blast-off.
    And now I'm on my way to the moon.
    *All: She traveled so fast off,
    The earth she would blast-off.
    *Countdown: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
    *Rumbling take-off is heard.
    All: And now she's on her way to the moon.

    All: Women can ride up inside of a rocket.
    Women can be office clerkers.
    Women can sell and sew pins in a pocket.
    Women can be soda jerkers.
    Privates and poets and policewomen too.
    There's so many things we women can do.
    We can be clowns.
    We can be cooks.
    We can be bus drivers.
    We can write books.
    We can catch fish.
    We can train dogs.
    We can be doctors.
    And we can chop logs.
    Take a look around you and maybe you'll see.
    There's so many things we women can be.

    OK, will post this and then start up with the questions.
  2. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    OK, first things first.
    1 Is the woman denoted as Teresa the same character I already have listed as "The Female Doctor"? Or should be added as a separate entry as "Teresa, the Female Surgeon"?
    2 Is the woman denoted as Margaret the one I've already listed as "The Female Ringmaster"? Or should she be added as a separate entry as "Margaret the Female Liontamer"?
    3 Should the woman who sings about going to the moon be added as "The Female Astonaut"?
    Hope to hear from you guys soon, and have a good day.
  3. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Active Member

    1) Yes.
    2) Yes.
    3) Yes. She's also the woman who sings about "climbing mountains".

    Here's a list of who sang what:

    Calliope organ music heard in the background.

    WOMEN:
    Are we all here? Good, I'm pleased to be.

    Song starts.

    ALL:
    Women can fly way up high on trapeezes.

    BETTY LOU:
    Women can be roller-skaters.

    ALL:
    Women can help you find cures for diseases.

    ELDERLY WOMAN:
    Women can hunt alligators.

    ALL:
    Pilots and poets, policewomen too.
    Look at the things that we women can do.

    BETTY LOU:
    We can be clowns.

    COOK:
    We can be cooks.

    BUS DRIVER:
    We can be bus drivers.

    TERESA:
    We can write books.

    ALL:
    Just look around you, it's easy to see
    There's nothing we women can't be.

    FISHERWOMAN:
    Sing it like it is, Teresa.

    TERESA:
    I used to be good with a needle and thread.
    I'd sew dainty dresses of blue.
    But I got an urgin',
    To be a great surgeon.
    And now I sew people up too.

    ALL:
    One day she got a great urgin',
    To be a great surgeon.
    And now she sews people up too.

    COOK:
    Margaret, tell them about the cat.

    MARGARET:
    Once I had a cat that I tried to teach tricks.
    Such a quiet and sweet little thing.
    But the tricks I was tryin',
    Required a lion!

    (Lion roars)

    ALL:
    A lion?!?

    MARGARET:
    And that's why I'm here in this ring.

    ALL:
    The tricks she was tryin',
    Required a lion.
    And that's why she's here in this ring.

    ASTRONAUT:
    I used to bicycling far from my home.
    My mother would say, "Come back soon."

    OTHERS:
    Come home soon.

    ASTRONAUT:
    I traveled so fast off the earth in a blast-off,
    Now I'm on my way to the moon.


    ALL:
    She traveled so fast off the earth in a blast-off.
    5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

    (Rumbling take-off is heard. The Astronaut lifts off without a rocket! [Green smoke comes from under her!])

    ALL:
    Now she's on her way to the moon, to the moon!
    Women can ride up inside of a rockets.

    ELDERLY WOMAN:
    Women can be office clerkers.

    ALL:
    Women can sew things like pillows and pockets.

    BETTY LOU:
    Women can be soldiers.

    ALL:
    Pilots and poets, policewomen too.
    Look at the things that we women can do.

    BETTY LOU:
    We can be clowns.

    COOK:
    We can be cooks.

    BUS DRIVER:
    We can be bus drivers.

    TERESA:
    We can write books.

    FISHERWOMAN:
    We can catch fish.

    RINGMASTER:
    We can train dogs.

    ASTRONAUT:
    We can be doctors.

    ELDERLY WOMAN:
    And we can chop logs.

    ALL:
    Just look around you, it's easy to see...
    There's nothing we women can't be!
  4. TotallySpiesFan

    TotallySpiesFan New Member


    Actually it's "We can climb mountains."
  5. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Active Member

    :attitude: :smirk: Nobody's perfect.
  6. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    OK, some more questions.
    4 TSF, where do you claim the lyrics say that the woman can climb mountains?
    5 As for the bit after the astronaut blasts off, how does "soldiers" rhyme with "office clerkers"? Thought was said was "soda jerkers", but I could be wrong.
    6 So, then, though you may say "Yes" to questions 1 and 2 above... you need to say "Yes" to what, so I'll make it simple for you guys.
    a. Is Teresa the name of the character I already have listed as "The Female Doctor"?
    b. Is Margaret the name of the character I have already listed as "The Female Ringmaster"?
    c. Should the Female Doctor and Teresa as the Female Surgeon be listed as two different entries?
    d. Should the Female Ringmaster and Margaret as the Female Liontamer be two separate entries?
    e. Should Teresa be the Female Writer since she sings the line "We can write books"?
    f. Is it that some profession women sang lines that didn't accord with their own profession like Teresa the doctor singing about writing books?
    7 If these are all the characters that appear during the song, then where does the Female Mountaineer appear during the song?
    Hope to hear from you guys soon.
  7. TotallySpiesFan

    TotallySpiesFan New Member

    I remember the sketch.
  8. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Active Member

    4) He's right; I copied your lyrics to make notes of who sang what, but I didn't proofread well enough.

    5) I don't know; I have no idea what the Elderly AM says, but Betty Lou sounds like she's saying "soldiers".

    6)
    (a) Yes, but according to the song she's a surgeon.
    (b) Yes.
    (c) No; it should be "Teresa the Female Surgeon".
    (d) No; it should be "Margaret the Female Liontamer".
    (e) No; even though she sings the verse, her wardrobe (a labcoat) says otherwise.
    (f) Yes; such is the case of Teresa and the Astronaut.

    (7) There is no mountaineer; the Astronaut sings that verse. There are only 8 Muppets during the song.
  9. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks pal. Got some switching to do. Will take care of this and the other SS sketches' questions I may have after going through the JHH episodes again.

    So, the eight characters in the song are...
    Betty Lou.
    The Elderly Woman.
    The Female Astronaut.
    The Female Bus Driver.
    The Female Cook.
    The Fisherwoman.
    Margaret the Female Liontamer. Or should it be Margaret, the Female Liontamer?
    Teresa the Female Surgeon. Or should it be Teresa, the Female Surgeon?
    Will read again through the post. However, hope to hear from you guys and have a good weekend.
  10. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Active Member

    I'd go with the ones with commas.


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