A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Musical – “Verbal Fridge Dialogue”

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While Violet and Quigley climb the mountain via frozen waterfall and meet Sunny, Klaus works on deciphering a coding system called “Verbal Fridge Dialogue.” Since he’s working with a fridge and ashes and holding a flashlight over his head, he doesn’t have a very easy task. Yet, by the time Violet and Quigley return, he does manage to figure out the code. After getting the lowdown, Klaus tells the two how he figured out the Verbal Fridge dialogue. Inside a boysenberry jam lid, he finds that the message is addressed to J.S. From a jar of olives, he figures that the gathering at the “last safe place” is scheduled for Thursday. Then there’s the coded label referring to volunteers on a spice-based condiment label. Luckily, he finds a scrap of an Algernon Swinburne poem in the V.F.D. Library ruins. Though Violet discovers the word “Sugar Bowl” on it, too. But how to rescue Sunny? Klaus suggests that they capture Esme and use her in an exchange for his baby sister. Still, the message could also mean that V.F.D. headquarters was destroyed on Thursday while a brave volunteer threw the Sugar Bowl out the window.

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The song I went with for Klaus here is “Come Together” by the Beatles, from the Abbey Road album. While the originally was John Lennon’s original effort to write about Timothy Leary’s campaign for governor of California against Ronald Reagan and his marijuana arrest, yet he couldn’t pull it off. So he decided to go with gobblegook. Though a Beatles historian has theorized that it’s another Lennon self-portrait. In this version, I have Klaus sing about the Verbal Fridge Dialogue, because it’s pretty weird. Though I was thinking to go with “I Am the Walrus” instead.

 

“Verbal Fridge Dialogue”

Sung by Klaus Baudelaire

Verbal Fridge Dialogue
Is a communication system
For emergency moments
With esoteric fridge stuff
Darkest jams of three
Contains the initials of the addressee

When necessary
Uses fruit-based calendar
For weekdays on meeting
Five olives in this jar
Spice condiments, coded labels
Referring volunteers to their encoded verse
Come together right now over me

Verse by Algae Swinburne
On Persephone’s garden
How do pickles factor
Or the lemon juice here
Words sugar bowl inscribed
Even I’m not really sure what all this shit means
Come together right now over me

Right!
Come
Come…
Come…
Come…

Need rescue Sunny
Find out the last safe place
Maybe we can exchange
For what Olaf most loves
Though it’s mostly fire and money
How we hold Esme hostage until Sunny goes free
Come together right now over me

Oh!
Come together
Yeah
Come together
Yeah
Come together
Yeah
Come together
Yeah
Come together
Yeah
Come together
Yeah
Come together
Yeah
Ahh
Come together
Yeah
Come together…

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