A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Musical – “Up on Mount Fraught”


While her older siblings are trying to get out a rushing caravan and fleeing snow gnats, Sunny is Count Olaf’s hostage as he and his crew drive up to Mount Fraught. Not surprisingly, she had cried all the way up to the mountain while on Esme’s lap. Until Olaf threatens her. Once at the site, Sunny is treated as a slave in which she’s made to hitch tents and cook the meals, chores no baby or toddler should ever do. Though she has to sleep in Olaf’s trunk with a casserole dish for a bed. She’s also quite lonely since nobody understands her. Yet, at least she knows that her older siblings would see her. Still, Olaf’s quite happy with how things are going since he believes that Violet and Klaus are dead (they’re not). All he has to do is find V.F.D. headquarters and burn it down with its contents. Not to mention, False Spring is around the corner.


The song I went with is “Up on the Roof” by the Drifters. Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, the original version pertains to an urban romantic dream at the New York City Brill Building. In this version, I have Count Olaf sing about being on Mount Fraught and how good things are going for him.


“Up on Mount Fraught”

Sung by Count Olaf

Up on Mount Fraught
Up on Mount Fraught

Count Olaf:
Once done with setting Caligari aflame
While Violet and Klaus Baudelaire fly down to certain death (Up on Mount Fraught)
We drive all the way to the top of Mount Fraught
With Sunny as my chip for the Baudelaire assets (Up on Mount Fraught)

On Mount Fraught, we all just have to find
Is V.F.D.’s home site and all its files
Let me tell you now

Let’s make camp here since we’re tired and beat
Let Sunny go pitch the tents and make the treats (Up on Mount Fraught)
She’ll sleep inside the trunk of my car
While doing all of her chores for us for free (Up on Mount Fraught)

On Mount Fraught, she’ll probably won’t escape
Since she really has no other place to go
Right here up on Mount Fraught (Up on Mount Fraught)

Of course, it’ll be years until she’s eighteen
And when she is, we’ll all wipe her bank clean
I keep-a tellin’ you

Right smack dab at the Mortmain Mountains
The V.F.D. home base will go aflame (Up on Mount Fraught)
We’ll torch the file detailing our crimes
We’ll burn it to the ground up on Mont Fraught (Up on Mount Fraught)

Up on Mount Fraught (Up on Mount Fraught)
Oh, strike it, orphan (Up on Mount Fraught)
Oh, come on, work it (Up on Mount Fraught)
Everything is all right (Up on Mount Fraught)


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