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Nine People's Favorite Thing

 
Title of Show Cast Lyrics
Title of Show Soundtrack Musical, 2006
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Nine People's Favorite Thing JEFF
We can either follow our instinct
Or take advice from every joker
We can either be distinct
Or wind up merely mediocre
But not me
Not me

When we set out to write this musical
We said we’d write a show that we wanna see
We knew we’d never please everyone
Remember that day at Gristedes
You said to me
You said to me

I’d rather be nine people’s favorite thing
Than a hundred people’s ninth favorite thing
Nine peoples favorite thing
Than a hundred people’s ninth favorite thing

HUNTER
Yeah, you’re right, Jeffy let’s not compromise
Let’s keep making something we’ve never seen
A risk was taken with “On the Town”
And look what happened Betty and Adolph burst
Onto the scene

JEFF AND HUNTER
A shout out to Comden and Green

And when Bock and Harnick were writing “Tenderloin”
They were taking a risk to write a show about whores
When Kander and Ebb were working on the Rink
I’d like to think at some point; John looked at Fred and said

I’d rather be nine people’s favorite thing
Than a hundred people’s ninth favorite thing

JEFF, HUNTER, SUSAN, AND HEIDI
Nine people’s favorite thing than a hundred people’s ninth favorite thing

HEIDI
When you handed me the first draft of this show
I’ll admit I was a little bit “what the fuck?”
But I’m not giving up on you guys until all of us have learned to knit
On the bus and truck
On the bus and truck

And who says four chairs and a keyboard
Can’t make a musical
We’re enough with only that keyboard
We’re okay with only four chairs
We’ll be fine with only four chairs
We’ll rock hard with only four chairs

JEFF, HUNTER, SUSAN, AND HEIDI
Ahhh-ah
Oooo-ah
Ahhh-ah
Oooo-ahhhhhhh

SUSAN
I am eight years old in Ohio
It is time for the annual church bazaar
There’s a cake-baking contest
I am going to be the big star
But I don’t want to make a German chocolate
And a seven-layer I’ll never complete
So I show up with pride this morning
With a tray of rice-crispie treats

And they try to push them aside
Say that they are too strange to compete
And sure, most of the judges award the red velvet
But one picks the rice-crispie treats
Let our show be the rice-crispie treat

I’d rather be nine people’s favorite thing
Than a hundred peoples ninth favorite thing

SUSAN AND HEIDI
Nine people’s favorite thing
Than a hundred people’s ninth favorite thing

JEFF, HUNTER, SUSAN, AND HEIDI
Those nine people will tell nine people
Then we’ll have eighteen people loving the show
Then eighteen people could grow into
Five-hundred and twenty-five-thousand, six-hundred people
Loving our show

JEFF AND HUNTER
And maybe someday if we’re lucky enough
We’ll all be in a studio recording the show

JEFF, HUNTER, SUSAN, AND HEIDI
And ten years from now when we play the cast album
This track on the CD
Will remind us of why we’d rather be

Nine peoples favorite thing
Than a hundred peoples ninth favorite thing
Nine people’s favorite thing
Than a hundred people’s ninth favorite thing

JEFF AND HUNTER
So the decision’s made
And we’re on our way
And we may lose or maybe we might
Be nine people’s favorite thing

HEIDI AND SUSAN
Nine people’s favorite

JEFF, HUNTER, SUSAN, AND HEIDI
When we open tonight
Tonight

[Thanks to Jake for lyrics]
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