The Hunger Games: The Musical – “Mein Herr”

Johanna

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!

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