The Hunger Games: The Musical – “Girl Who’s on Fire (I, Katniss Everdeen)”

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Though I have done plenty of Hunger Games song parodies from popular movies and musicals, I seemed to have left one out for the two most important players in the Hunger Games, namely Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. Of course, this is because I haven’t found songs I can properly parody with their characters, well, at least ones that don’t come from Jesus Christ Superstar. Nevertheless, Katniss is the hero of the trilogy who begins this story in dire poverty after her father died in a mining explosion when she was 11 and has had to support her mother and sister for years. But when her little sister Prim is reaped to represent District 12 for the 74th Hunger Games, she volunteers to go in her place. Because after all, she couldn’t bear the thought of seeing her kid sister die in a nationally televised teenage death match. And then there’s Peeta, the youngest baker’s son who has dealt with an abusive family and harbored a crush on Katniss since they were 5 years old. But has only interacted with her once before when he took a beating from his mom for burning two loaves of bread that he gave to her, instead of the pigs. This while she was slowly starving to death while scrounging the Mellarks’ place for garbage. Nevertheless, unlike Katniss, Peeta was reaped for the Games and he doesn’t expect to survive because he loves her too much to bear the thought of killing her. But if confessing his love for her on national television can help her chances to win, he will certainly do so because there’s nothing he won’t do to keep her alive.

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As for parody, I thought of using “Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)” which is the theme of the musical Man of La Mancha. Now this song is from a musical that debuted in the 1960s and based on the 16th century novel Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes. However, just to take note, Miguel Cervantes wasn’t imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition, he was put in jail for money problems and financial irregularities in his accounts. Yeah, not stuff that’s bound to make you look like a badass. Also, it’s not a faithful adaptation of the novel either. Still, the book is a timeless classic and a parody of the stories of knightly chivalry at the time. But this song is a hero’s song and an intro song. And in this Hunger Games version, I put this during her public appearance with Caesar Flickerman who introduces her. And since she’s the hero, she gets the Don Quixote portion while Peeta gets the Sancho Panza lines. Still, Peeta’s more of a magnetic hero with a great personality and is more of a talker. However, this is mainly Katniss’s song.

 

“Girl Who’s on Fire (I, Katniss Everdeen)”

Sung by Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark

 

Caesar Flickerman:

May I set the stage? I shall introduce a girl.

Come, she’ll enter to sit with me from District 12!

Her name… Katniss Everdeen… a coal miner kid,

16 years old….possibly underweight… eyes

that burn with the fire of inner vision. At Reaping,

volunteered to take her little sister’s place. Has

used a bow and arrow to hunt to provide for

poor, starving family for years since her father’s

tragic death in a mining accident. Not particularly

attractive, but she’s seen as a rising contender

for the 74th Hunger games… but whether she gets

out of the arena alive will be the question that

has yet to be answered. But no longer shall she

be the plain Katniss Everdeen from District 12…

but a formidable tribute known as –

Katniss Everdeen, the Girl Who’s on Fire!

 

Katniss:

Hear me now

Oh thou bleak and unbearable Panem,

Thou art base and debauched as can be,

And I a poor girl from 12 with her arrows and bow

Will make the odds ever in favor to me!

I am I, Katniss Everdeen,

The Girl Who’s on Fire,

My destiny calls and I go,

As I promised my young sister

I’ll try to win this time,

So I’ll survive so I’ll return home.

Survive so I’ll return home,

Into the arena I go!

 

Peeta:

I’m Peeta! Yes, I’m Peeta!

I do what I can so she can win.

I’ll show them they won’t own me,

I love her and hope she will live!

 

Katniss:

Hear me, I’ve volunteered

To save my little Prim!

Cause I know that she wouldn’t last,

But as I wear my Mockingjay pin

I promised her I’ll triumph at last!

 

I am I, Katniss Everdeen,

The Girl Who’s on Fire,

My destiny calls and I go,

As I promised my young sister,

I’ll try to win this time,

So I’ll survive so I’ll return home.

 

Peeta:

I’m Peeta! Yes, I’m Peeta!

I do what I can so she can win.

I’ll show them they won’t own me,

I love her and hope she will live!

 

Katniss and Peeta:

Survive so I’ll {she’ll} return home

Into the arena we go!

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The Hunger Games: The Musical – “Mein Herr”

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Of course, when it’s announced that the third Quarter Quell tributes were to be reaped by a pool of 59 living victors as a Hunger Games All-Star Edition, you can see why many victors would be upset. This is especially true for Katniss Everdeen who’s basically the only female victor in her district by Catching Fire as well as won her Games with Peeta the previous year. At least Peeta volunteered to take Haymitch’s place in the Reaping ceremony so he’d be there for Katniss and use the same strategy (like playing their romance for the cameras) while their mentor can reconnect with old friends and focus on other activities (like secretly working to incite a rebellion). Of course, other victors aren’t so lucky. Take Johanna Mason who hailed from District 7 that specializes in lumber. Now she’s 21 years old and won her games 4 years prior to the 2nd book. Of course, convincing her competition to underestimate her and being a vicious killer who’s handy with an ax certainly helped. Still, unlike Finnick who’s a nice and fun guy to hang around, Johanna can be quite a bitch since she’s rude, insulting, rebellious, and harsh. She’s also first seen stripping naked in the elevator, in front of Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch. Nevertheless, you can’t blame her for not being nice since she lost her entire family and friends for refusing to go along with the Capitol. It’s been hinted that this might imply Snow wanting to prostitute her.

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Now for her song, I decided to go with Cabaret’s “Mein Herr” which was first used for the 1972 movie. Now the original song is about a woman dumping her controlling boyfriend who wanted to change her from the freewheeling party girl she is. By the way, “Mein Herr” means, “my man.” And the musical takes place in last days of Pre-Nazi Germany like 1931. For the Hunger Games version, I kept the “Mein Herr” as a casual reference like “dude” since it sounds rather sophisticated. Also it preserves the original flavor of the song. However, I have her in the parody version talking to Caesar Flickerman and going on her classic cluster f-bomb rant like she did in the Catching Fire movie (in the book she just got on stage and talked about the love between the victors and the Capitol. Now if that’s not a lie coming from her…). Still, I think the f-bomb rant was better and kind of really showed her true feelings of the Quarter Quell. I mean if you went through what she had to deal with like being in the Hunger Games and Snow killing everyone she loves, you’d feel that way, too.

 

“Mein Herr” (Hunger Games Edition)

Sung by Johanna Mason

 

Caesar Flickerman:

For the 75th Hunger Games and Third Quarter Quell

I’m joined by District 7’s female victor Johanna Mason.

Johanna, do you have anything to say

To our audience tonight or your home district?

 

Johanna:

You have to understand the way I am,

Mein Herr.

The deal was if I won the Hunger Games,

Mein Herr.

I get to live the rest of my life in peace,

Mein Herr.

So I do…

What I do…

Thought I knew…

I was through…

Should be through…

Toodle-oo!

Now they have this stupid Quell.

It’s going all to fucking hell.

This isn’t fucking fair.

My time was over.

And though I used to care,

This is my big nightmare.

Why do they want to off me,

Mein Herr.

 

Please understand, Caesar,

Don’t want to die, in there.

Does Snow want to fuck me all over?

Why would the Capitol,

Would want me dead at all?

Because no one will miss me,

Mein, Herr.

 

The trees in District 7 are so tall,

Mein Herr.

Not only up and down, but side to side,

Mein Herr.

I couldn’t climb one if I tried,

Mein Herr.

So I do..

What I can…

Inch by inch…

Step by step…

Limb by limb…

Branch by branch.

 

Now they have this stupid Quell.

It’s going all to fucking hell.

This isn’t fucking fair.

My time was over.

And though I used to care,

This is my big nightmare.

Why do they want to off me,

Mein Herr.

 

Johanna and Victors:

Please understand, Caesar,

Don’t want to die in there.

Does Snow want to fuck me all over?

Why would the Capitol,

Would want me dead at all?

Because no one will miss me,

Mein, Herr.

 

Now they have this stupid Quell.

It’s going all to fucking hell.

This isn’t fucking fair.

My time was over.

And though I used to care,

This is my big nightmare.

Why do they want to off me,

Mein Herr.

 

Johanna:

Fuck you, Capitol

 

Victors:

Don’t want to

Kill again

 

Johanna:

No way…

 

Victors:

They have this

Stupid Quell.

This isn’t fair.

 

Johanna:

My time was over.

 

Victors:

They really

Screwed us.

 

Johanna:

And though

I used to care,

 

Victors:

And though we

Used to

Care,

 

Johanna:

Maybe…

 

Victors:

They put

Us through

Again

Now.

Why do they

Want to

Off us,

 

Johanna:

And fuck that!

 

Johanna and Victors:

Now they have this stupid Quell.

It’s going all to fucking hell.

This isn’t fucking fair.

My time was over.

And though I-

Used to care,

This is my big

Nightmare.

 

Johanna:

Why do they want

To off me,

 

Victors:

Don’t want to die…

 

Johanna:

Why do they

Want me dead?

 

Victors:

This isn’t fucking fair…

 

Johanna:

No…

 

Victors:

Leave us alone

 

Johanna:

Yes…

 

Victors:

Just…

Kiss our asses!

 

And shove it…

 

Johanna:

Up…

 

Victors:

To the Capitol…

That goddamn Quell!