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"Run and Tell That!" is track #9 on the album Hairspray.
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SEAWEED
Hey Trace, my moms pitching a platter party
at our record shop up off North Avenue.
Wanna come "check it out"?
PENNY
May i also come "check it out?
SEAWEED
Oh, you surely may!
TRACY
I've never been to North Avenue!
LINK
would it b safe up there for, you know... us?
SEAWEED
Yeah dont worry cracker boy, It's cool!
PENNY
Imagine, being invited places by colored people!
TRACY
It feels so hip!
SEAWEED
I'm glad you feel that way, friends, 'cause not everybody does.
I can't see
Why people look at me
And only see the color of my face
oh yeah
And then there's those
Who try to help, god knows
But have to always put me in my place
But I won't ask you to be color blind
'Cause if you pick the fruit
Then girl, you're sure to find...
The blacker the berry
The sweeter the juice
I could say it ain't so
But darlin', what's the use?
The darker the chocolate
The richer the taste
And that's where it's at...
...now run and tell that!!
ENSEMBLE
Run and tell that!
SEAWEED
Run and tell that!
ENSEMBLE
Run and tell that!
SEAWEED (& ENSEMBLE)
I can't see
Why people disagree
Each time i tell them what i know is true
And if you come
And see the world i'm from
I bet your heart is gonna feel it too
Yeah. I could lie
But baby. Let's be bold
Vanilla be nice
But if the truth be told...
The blacker the berry
The sweeter the juice
I could say it ain't so
But darlin', what's the use
The darker the chocolate
The richer the taste
And That's where it's at
Now run and tell that!!
ENSEMBLE
Run and tell that!
(The scene shifts to Motormouth
Maybelle's record shop dance party where her daughter
Li'l Inez and her friends are already in full swing.)
LI'L INEZ
Hey, you're Tracy Turnblad! You're my favorite dancer on the Corny Collins Show.
SEAWEED
Come here girl. This is my sister, Li'l Inez.
LI'L INEZ
Oh I know Tracy Turnblad. Good for you girl you got on the show.
TRACY
Yeah, You better be next.
LI'L INEZ
You got that right.
SEAWEED
Oh you know she is! You better show 'em girl.
LI'L INEZ
I'm tired of coverin' up all my pride
SEAWEED & ENSEMBLE
So give me a five on the black-hand side
LI'L INEZ
I've got a new way of movin'
And i got my own voice
SEAWEED & ENSEMBLE
So how can i help
But to shout and rejoice
LI'L INEZ
Oh, the people 'round here
Can barely pay their rent
They're 'try'n to make dollar
Out 'a fifteen cent'
But we got a spirit
Money just cant buy
LI'L INEZ & ENSEMBLE
It's deep as a river
It soars to the sky!!
(To the sky!)
SEAWEED & ENSEMBLE
I cant see
The reason it cant be
The kinda world where we all get our chance
The time is now
And we can show them how
To turn the music up and let's all dance
'Cause all things are equal
When it comes to love
Well, that ain't quite true
'Cause when a push comes to shove...
The blacker the berry
The sweeter the juice
I could say it ain't so
But darlin', what's the use
The darker the chocolate
The richer the taste
That's where it's at
SEAWEED
...Now baby, baby run and tell that!!
ENSEMBLE
Run and tell that!
SEAWEED
Run and tell that!!

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