This is the 7th song in my musical, History Class, that I am currently working on (but the first song I've actually written for it because who wants to start at the beginning? 😁).
This song is a duet between the main character, Erin, and her best friend, Orla, in which Erin meets up with Orla for their regular library studying time after school and helps her prepare for a quiz she is worried about.
(constructive criticism is greatly appreciated btw) 😀
(ORLA gets settled at a library table before ERIN leaves the study room)
ORLA: (spoken) Erin, thank god you’re here. I have an English quiz next week and I desperately need your help.
ERIN: (spoken) Pass me your textbook
ORLA: (sung) I don't know how I would get through high school without you
Every day, I'd just be in the library alone
(spoken) Uh, page 23.
(sung) Just me and my textbooks
And more notecards than anyone should ever have
ERIN: (spoken) "19th Century American Authors"?
ORLA: (spoken) That's the one.
(sung) But I don't have to think about that
Because I found a study buddy
And I'm not turning back
ERIN: (spoken) It's review time.
Ready, 3 2 1 go.
ORLA: (spoken) Wait wait wait.
Okay now go.
ERIN: (sung) Who wrote "O Captain, My Captain"?
ORLA: That would be Walt Whitman
ERIN: And who died alone in Baltimore?
ORLA: Oh that one is Edgar Allan Poe
ERIN: Could you please define transcendentalism?
ORLA: Well, uh, that one's complicated
ERIN: (spoken) It's really not
ORLA: (spoken) Shut up
ERIN: (sung) Don't worry, you'll get it at some point
You'll pass the quiz, everything will be fine
But if you're still having trouble
I'm here to explain it, whether it's day or night
ORLA: (spoken) Not really whenever
ERIN: (spoken) You know what I mean
(sung) For now we'll keep moving on
Emerson is known for his works about nature
ORLA: Herman Melville is known for his book about whales
ERIN: Emily Dickinson wrote the best poems of all time
ORLA: To be honest, they're just kind of alright
(spoken) What? It's a difference of opinion
ERIN: (spoken) Anyway,
(sung) Henry David Thoreau wrote
ERIN: Louisa May Alcott wrote
ORLA: Little Women
ERIN: Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote
ORLA: The Scarlet Letter
ERIN: And Mark Twain wrote
ORLA: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
I got it!/You got it!
(sung) I got this/You got this
A+ here I come/A+ here you come
There's no stopping me now/There's no stopping you know
And you know that it's all because
I've found my study buddy/You've found your study buddy
And we're not turning back
LIBRARIAN/STUDENT: (spoken) Shhhhhh
ORLA/ERIN: (spoken) Sorry