A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Musical – “Greased Lightning”

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During that night, Klaus looks into the V.F.D. rulebook to get Jacques Snicket out, Violet helps Hector finish the Self-Sustaining Hot Air Mobile Home which would be useful in their escape should Count Olaf come to call. As Hector told the Baudelaires: “My invention is nothing more than a hot air balloon — except it’s much larger. Instead of one large basket, there are twelve baskets, all tied together below several hot air balloons. Each basket serves as a different room, so it’s like having an entire flying house. It’s completely self-sustaining — once you get up in it, you never have to go back down. In fact, if my new engine works properly, it will be impossible to get back down. The engine should last for more than one hundred years, and there’s a huge storage basket that I’m filling with food, beverages, clothing, and books. Once it’s completed, I’ll be able to fly away from V.F.D. and the Council of Elders and everything else that makes me skittish, and live forever in the air.” Though I’m not sure if anything is completely self-sustaining, Hector’s hot air mobile home is pretty cool, especially if you see it on the TV show.

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The song I went with here is “Greased Lightning” from Grease. In the original version, one of the greasers gets a used car and Kenickie (or Danny in the film) sees wins over his fellow gang members with a rousing rock n’ roll number describing the modifications to transform it into a hot rod to attract the ladies. In this version, I have it featuring Violet on her inventing abilities as she describes the modifications she wants to put on the Self-Sustaining Hot Air Mobile Home. And yes, I may have kept some of the original lyrics but I have no idea how Hector built this thing. So forgive me on some of the inaccuracies. Not to mention, Violet needs a fun featured musical number to herself this time because most of her songs seem kind of sad.

 

“Greased Lightning” (ASOUE Version)

Sung by Violet Baudelaire

Violet:
Why, this Self-Sustaining Hot Air Mobile Home is automatic
It’s systematic, it’s aerodynamic
Why, it’s greased lightning
Hector: “Grease lightning”

Violet:
We’ll get some overhead lifters and some four-barrel quads, oh yeah
Hector: “Keep talking, whoa, keep talking”
Violet: Fuel injection cutoffs and chrome plated rods, oh yeah
Hector: “I’ll get the money, I’ll kill to get the money”
Violet: With a four-speed in the air, you’ll be heading out of here
You know that ain’t no shit, you’ll be getting lot of lift in Grease Lightning
(Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go)

Go grease lightning, you’re burning up the quarter mile
(Grease lightning, go grease lightning)
Go grease lightning, you’re flying through the air lift trial
(Grease lightning, go grease lightning)
You are supreme, the bird lovers’ll scream over grease lightning
(Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go)

We’ll get some strong sturdy canvas and thirty-foot ropes, oh yeah
Some powerful solar panels and duel wind turbines, oh yeah
With new pistons, plugs and shocks you can get off your rocks
You know that I ain’t bragging, she’s a real stellar wagon
Grease lightning
(Go, go, go)

Go grease lightning, you’re burning up the quarter mile
(Grease lightning, go grease lightning)
Go grease lightning, you’re flying through the air lift trial
(Grease lightning, go grease lightning)
You are supreme, the bird lovers’ll scream over grease lightning
(Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go)

Go grease lightning, you’re burning up the quarter mile
(Grease lightning, go grease lightning)
Go grease lightning, you’re flying through the air lift trial
(Grease lightning, go grease lightning)
You are supreme, the bird lovers’ll scream over grease lightning
(Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go)

Lightning, lightning, lightning
Lightning, lightning, lightning, lightning, lightning

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