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Jazz Hands
Music by Denver Casado, Lyrics by Betina Hershey

Overview

Age:  8+Song for Kids: My Treehouse
Type:  Group with Solos
Length:  3:57
Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5

An homage to “All that Jazz” from the hit Broadway show Chicago. These motivational kids explain that the best way to lift your spirits is by getting up and waving those jazz hands.

 

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Lyrics

JAZZ HANDS
from The Grunch

HARPER
You see in theatre we have this little trick of the trade we use to make us feel better whenever we’re feeling down.

(Music bump.)

GRUNCH
Uh oh.

HARPER
It doesn’t take much, but it works every time.

(Music bump.)

GRUNCH
No…no…I know what’s happening…

HARPER
Why, I think now might be the perfect time to teach you about it.

HARPER
When you wake up feeling cloudy
like your day ain’t got no bliss
just throw up your hands in a fist of rage
And wiggle your fingers…like this!
‘cause…

ALL DRAMA GROUP
Nothing else will cheer you up like those
Razzle, dazzle… jazz hands
Like a rainbow, they shimmer in the light
You might believe we’re strange … but
Your mood will rearrange… yeah
Stand where the cool kid stands
With your jazz hands

GRUNCH
I just remembered. I gotta go polish my chess pieces.

ALLEN
You can’t leave now. We’re just getting started!

ALL DRAMA GROUP
So your homework flew away, go on
Shake-a-shake those… jazz hands
Teacher, teacher, forgive me please, you’ll say
No teacher can resist
That special shake and twist
Goodbye to reprimands
With your jazz hands

HARPER
And that’s just the basics. The more advanced you get, the more “jazzy” things you can do. Guys, let’s show ‘em what we got.

CHRIS
Ooohh, I like to  shake ‘em while I stomp my feet!

ALL
Jazz Hands!

JAMIE
Oooh, I got a shake that helps me text and tweet!

ALL
Jazz Hands!

LESLIE
Try underneath your knee

JAVIER
Or upside down like me!

ALEX
Best way to cool the heat

ALL
Use your… jazz hands

ROBYN
Hey, did anyone think about the fact that one negative review from the New York Times could ruin our program forever!?

CHRIS
You mean, critics are allowed to write bad things about kids?

ROBYN
You should’ve read what they wrote about the drama group in New Jersey…those kids never sang again, not even in the shower.

(The whole group gets concerned.)

HARPER
Guys…don’t worry! Remember….(Waves his jazz hands.)
When the critics come to town, We’ll just

ALL
Shake-a-shake our… jazz hands

HARPER
And I’ll betcha that luck is on our side

ALL
No matter what they say
We’ll always be OK
Somehow, we’ll still have fans
With our jazz hands

C’mon grunch give it a try
We’re your friends so don’t be shy
use your jazz hands
…. Jazz hands!

 

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