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    "The Rebel" Lyrics

    Allan Sherman

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    He stood four foot eight
    And wore a beatnik beard
    He had big thick glasses
    That looked real weird
    He weighed ninety-eight pounds
    But a whole nation feared
    The rebel!

    He had a chick named Rhonda
    A college prize
    Her hair hung down
    Over her eyes
    Kinda half Barbra Streisand
    And half Joan Baez
    She dug the rebel!

    Well, they met one day
    At a pop art bash
    Between a painting of a can
    Of succotash
    And a high camp sculpture
    Of a pile of trash
    It was groovy!

    Rhonda dug the rebel
    And the rebel dug Rhonda
    So she grabbed her guitar
    And rode off on his Honda
    To a discotheque
    Called the Anaconda
    With the Rebel!

    When the frugging was over
    At the discotheque
    The Rebel was a-tryin'
    To pay his check
    But his pockets they were empty
    So he yelled, "Oh, heck!"
    "Heck," said the rebel
    Well, the Dean walked by
    Just as that occurred
    He said, "You can get expelled
    For what I just heard
    Don't you realize 'heck'
    Is a four-letter word
    You rebel?!"

    But the rebel said
    To his old adversary
    "Just as long as that word's
    In the slang dictionary
    I swear by Peter
    Paul & Mary
    I'll use it!"

    "Furthermore," said the rebel
    "I won't let the issue pass
    The whole student boby's gonna
    Sit down en masse
    Besides, that way
    We don't have to go to class
    We're gonna clew it!"

    Well, the sit-in started
    'Bout 7:15
    The whole thing was covered
    By Time magazine
    They even took Batman
    Off the TV screen
    To show the rebel!

    Out came the captain
    Of the state police,
    Arresting lots of students
    For disturbing the peace
    Including his own son
    His daughter, and his niece
    And the rebel

    Someone called the governor
    To see what he could do
    The governor said, "Sorry
    But I cannot talk to you
    'Cause I'm a-sittin' in
    At the state house too
    Just like the rebel!"

    Soon the secondary schools
    Began to rebel
    Kindergarten kids were sitting
    During show and tell
    Then the older generation
    Started sitting down as well
    Man, what a protest!

    Doctors sat, firemen sat
    Teachers wouldn't teach
    People sat at home
    And on the street and on the beach
    Jus a-sittin' and a-waitin'
    For freedom of speach
    Nobody was talkin' to anybody!

    The nation was in trouble
    There wasn't any doubt
    The President went on TV
    To try to pull us out
    And the President shouted
    "What the heck's it all about?!"
    "Heck," said the President!

    Soon everyone was saying "heck"
    They said it everywhere
    And the rebel said to Rhonda
    "This is terribly unfair
    Being hip is getting middle class
    Let's you and I be square"
    And the did, they squared it up

    Rhonda got a haircut
    The rebel shaved his beard
    They were married and had children
    Which they subsequently reared
    They moved out to the suburbs
    And they really disappeared
    Wow, did they conform!

    Folks built a statue of the rebel
    Just to prove the people's love
    But the public soon forgot it
    Just the pigeons up above
    Seem to know the right location
    They've all found that statue of
    The rebel
    This song was submitted on November 15th, 2013 and last modified on October 18th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group.
    Written by Marlon Lu'ree Williams, Percy Lee Chapman.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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