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Beethoven Day

"Beethoven Day" from the album of the 1999 Broadway production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Beethoven

1820 portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven.

"Beethoven Day" is a song that was introduced for the 1999 Broadway revival of the stage musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. It does not feature in the 1985 animated TV special of the same name. The song is sung by Schroeder along with the rest of the cast, in honor of Beethoven's birthday.

Lyrics

Schroeder: Call the principal and hand him the news. We've got a holiday that he can't refuse. A day of harmony,a day of music: Beethoven's birthday!
Sally: Beethoven Day?
Schroeder: A reverential mission
Linus: Beethoven Day?
Schroeder: The hope of each musician no more am I the only guy, to stand up and say
Hooray, Beethoven, Hooray!
Charlie Brown: Beethoven Day?
Linus: Yes. As in Ludwig van Beethoven, composer.
Born 1770, died 1827. The eldest of three sons,
Ludwig's mother was the daughter of the chief overseer
of the kitchen...
Lucy: Whatever... Schroeder, I just want you to know that I'm on your side. I want to help you, publicity-wise, with Beethoven's Birthday.
Schroeder: Thank you for your support, but I just don't want to see Beethoven's birthday commercialized.
Lucy: Commercialized?
Schroeder: Yes. The next thing you know they'll be wearing
Beethoven sweatshirts.
Snoopy (wearing a Beethoven sweatshirt): Beethoven Day.
Schroeder: If you're wondering "Now, how do we start?" just blow the music 'til you know it by heart! We're gonna celebrate, we'll throw a party. Beethoven's Birthday!
Others: Beethoven Day!
Schroeder: And when you say the title...
Other: Beethoven Day!
Schroeder: You hear a great recital
The right of every boy and girl
O stand up and say:
Others: Hooray, Beethoven,
Hooray!
Schroeder: Beethoven Day
Others: Beethoven Day
Beethoven Day
Schroeder: Beethoven Day
Others: Beethoven Day
Beethoven Day
Schroeder: Beethoven Day
Others: Beethoven Day
Schroeder: Beethoven Day
Others: Beethoven Day
Schroeder: Beethoven Day- hey, hey, hey!
Others: Beethoven Day!
Schroeder: A philharmonic rumble
Others: Beethoven Day!
Schroeder: A polyphonic jumble
A humble dedication as we
Stand up and say:
All: Hooray, Beethoven,
Hooray!
Lucy: I got it! We'll demand full-Page ads in every newspaper!
Linus: We'll start a chain or Beethoven superstores!
Sally: We'll build a Beethoven theme park!
Charlie Brown: We could have a bake sale!
Schroeder: Wait! That's too commercial! Let's imagine it.
That glorious hour
Filled with emotion,
And inspired with power
When we all honor
The man we adore
On the day we place
The newest face
On Mount Rushmore!
Others: Mount Rushmore.
Beethoven Day!
Schroeder: A moment of reflection
Others: Beethoven Day!
Schroeder: A classical injection!
So facing this direction
We begin it today
A musical collection
Everybody can play
The right of every boy and girl
O stand up and say: Hooray,
Beethoven! Hooray!
Others: Beethoven hooray! It's Beethoven Day. A time for celebrating
Beethoven way.
La la la la
La la la la
La la la la la
All: Hooray!

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