Newsies - Watch What Happens Lyrics

Broadway production 2012
Newsies the Musical - Watch What Happens Lyrics

Write what you know, so they say,
All I know is I don't know what to write or the right way to write it.
This is big lady, don't screw it up!
This is not some little vaudeville I'm reviewing.

Poor little kids versus rich greedy sourpusses- huh it's a cinch!
It can practically write itself, and let's pray it does,
'Cause as I may have mentioned, I have no clue what I'm doing.

Am I insane?
This is what I've been waiting for.
Well, that, plus the screaming of ten angry editors:
"A girl?"
"It's a girl?! How the hell-"
"Is that even legal?"
"Look, just go and get her."
Not only that, there's the story behind the story:

Thousands of children exploited, invisible, speak up, take a stand,
And there's someone to write about it, that's how things get better.

Give life's little guy some ink
and when it dries just watch what happens!
Those kids will live and breathe right on the page,
And once they're center stage you watch what happens!

And who's there with her camera and her pen as boys turn into men?
They'll storm the gates and then just watch what happens when they do!


Picture a handsome, heroically charismatic,
plainspoken, know-nothing, skirt-chasing,
Cocky little son of a- lie down with dogs
and you wake up with a raise and a promotion.
So, he's a flirt, a complete egomaniac,
the fact is he's also the face of the strike.

What a face!
Face the fact: that's a face that could save us all
from sinking in the ocean.
Like someone said, "power tends to corrupt,
and absolute power"
"...corrupts absolutely."
That is genius!
But give me some time,
I'll be twice as good as that six months from... never.

Just look around at the world we're inheriting
and think of the one we'll create.
Their mistake is they got old.
That is not a mistake we'll be making,
no, sir, we'll stay young forever!
Give those kids and me the brand new century
and watch what happens!

It's David and Goliath do or die,
the fight is on and I can't watch what happens.
But all I know is nothing happens if you just give in,
it can't be any worse than how it's been,
And it just so happens that we just might win,
so whatever happens, let's begin!

[Thanks to Gavin for lyrics]
[Thanks to Brooke Weldon for corrections]

Newsies the Musical Watch What Happens Song Lyrics

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Broadway production 2012
Newsies the Musical Lyrics

Santa Fe (Prologue)
Carrying the Banner
The Bottom Line
That's Rich
I Never Planned on You/ Don't Come a-Knocking
The World Will Know
Watch What Happens
Seize the Day
Santa Fe
King of New York
Letter from the Refuge
Watch What Happens (Reprise)
The Bottom Line (Reprise)
Brooklyn's Here
Something to Believe In
Once and For All