A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Musical – “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition Our Condition Was In)”

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Thanks to Esme’s manipulations, the Baudelaires are now stuck in total blackness in an elevator. Sure they might’ve landed on a net but it seems like they’re screwed. Violet doesn’t have any tools to invent anything and can’t use the net since they could fall. But baby Sunny sees the pegs nailed in to keep the net together, which gives her an idea. So she starts climbing the shaft walls with her teeth as crampons (though she also uses her little hands in the TV show to cling to rods). Yes, it’s kind of unbelievable and worrisome for her siblings, but the Baudelaires don’t have any other options. Once Sunny reaches the penthouse, she gets the rope from Violet’s bed and slides down to the net. Since they know climbing up would mean going to the penthouse, the Baudelaires decided to climb down. Reaching the bottom, they take their welding torches and venture down a long, dark corridor, which leads to a trap door. The push the trapdoor up and find themselves at the charred remains of their old house and spook a passing mailman. Makes you wonder how the Baudelaire Mansion burned down, doesn’t it?

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I decided to go with “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, which was featured in The Big Lebowski. Written by Michael Newbury, the original version is about the effects of LSD intended to be used as a warning to the drug’s dangers. Though I’m not sure if it was effective in 1967 since there are plenty of brown acid references in the Woodstock documentary. In this version, I have the Baudelaires trying to get out of the dark shaft and tunnel.

 

“Just Dropped In (To See What Condition Our Condition Was In)”

Sung by Violet and Klaus Baudelaire

(Yeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition our condition was in)

Violet:
Went to Esme this mornin’ and we told her everything
She led us out of the large penthouse flat but then,
She pushed us through a shaft about 2 miles high
We hit the net as she gloated by
We just dropped in to see what condition our condition was in

(Yeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition our condition was in)

Klaus:
Sunny pushed herself from a deep dark hole climbing up the shaft
I watched her crawling out with her biting teeth
It’s just so dark I cannot unwind
She got the rope for a downhill climb
We just dropped in to see what condition our condition was in

(Yeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition our condition was in)

Violet:
We climb down through the hole to the rock bottom of the ersatz shaft
We took up the welding torches and headed down the dark corridor
We pushed out the trapdoor and found our home
We spooked a passing mailman who thought we’re ghosts
We just dropped in to see what condition our condition was in

We said we just dropped in to see what condition our condition was in
Yeah yeah oh-yeah

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