Say It Right

A small tribute to Idina Menzel (and John Travolta) inspired by today’s Oscar flub. With thanks to Joseph Scrimshaw for the idea, and Jeri Ryan for bringing it to my attentionYou all know the tune by now, surely, which (of course) is the work of (now) Oscar winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

“Preparations went right for the Oscars tonight
Though we ran a little long,
Had to squeeze in my performance,
Of the Best Original Song.

The audience is waiting, suddenly Travolta’s there
Slurring his words, and he’s gone crazy with his hair

Don’t mispronounce, enunciate
I’ll be gracious, but it’s a pet hate,
A moment’s focus, if you can,
Don’t think you can

Say it right, say it right
It’s three syllables then two
Say it right, say it right,
Saying lines is WHAT YOU DO.

You don’t care
What you have to say
With the cameras on,
You still couldn’t be bothered anyway

It’s funny how you mangled
A job a child could do
Harrison Ford was dozing through it
And he still walked all over you

Now we’ve all seen what you can do
A teleprompter but you’ve still no clue
Barbarino, you sure misspoke,
What a joke

Say it right, say it right
It’s European but not that hard,
Say it right, say it right
They managed for Marion Cotillard

Here I stand
And here I’ll stay
With the cameras on

I’ve got a Tony, which my bio has to show,
You made an awkward pun like you were someone in the know,
But it was clear you faked it when you slurred the sound,
You couldn’t do the job, couldn’t someone else be found?

Say it right, say it right
Ask someone if you’re not sure
Say it right, say it right
If you can’t do the job, demur

Here I stand
Relevant today,
Whilst with the cameras on,
You still couldn’t be bothered anyway.”

Congratulations to the Frozen team, and to their talented composers today.

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