ACT ONE: When You're a SNAKE

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Jersey: (to Glen) You wouldn’t expect us to be so conformist
Yet pedicabbers follow just one rule


When I first started, they told me,
That if I snake I would get my ass kicked
But these guys they do it with pride
And no ever says anything ‘cause they’re just too scared of them


(As Jersey sings to Glen on stage left, Robert Laroux and Jackleen are posing and hissing on stage right. They are counting money and laughing.)
And when you’re a snake
You take and take it’s dishonest
You try to find a way
To take away another man’s pay


And when you’re a snake
You’ll be your namesake, that’s a promise
(Jersey mocks the pantomimes of the Snakes on the other side.)
The rules you forsake are what makes you a snake ugh


(Robert Laroux and Jackleen walk over to Jersey and Glen. He is a tall, imposing man with venerable swag.)


Robert Laroux: Well hello, non-threats. As you can very well see, the SNAKES have taken over this region. Now split!


(Robert Laroux leads the audience in a call-and-response Snakes cheer. He shouts “Snakes” and the audience hisses. Jackleen does it as well.)
Robert Laroux: SNAKES
Jackleen and audience: Hissssss
Robert Laroux: SNAKES
Jackleen and audience: Hissssss


(Laroux hamming it up, center stage.)
Oh I’m not sympathetic
When I snake a ride using my aesthetic
You see, people want to be razzle dazzled
Not just have a conversation, all that mental masturbation


(Laroux walks to a high platform and belts.)
When you’re a snake
I make twice what you make on my bad nights
This is the USA
That means everyone on foot is fair game
When you’re a snake
You take what’s yours and that’s all rides
The rules I forsake are what makes me a snake


(Once again, Laroux and Jackleen chant with audience.)
Robert Laroux: SNAKES
Jackleen and audience: Hissssss
Robert Laroux: SNAKES
Jackleen and audience: Hissssss

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from Tricycle Taxi: The Pedicab Musical, released October 15, 2016

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A high school teacher by day, singer-songwriter by Summer, Danny Calise simply will never stop writing songs.

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