Herbert Binns and the Flying Tricycle

ACT ONE, SCENE ONE

Narrator: Once upon a time, in a town not far away from yours, a great inventor was born. He was a very talented inventor, and created many wonderful inventions–like a machine to find missing socks, an automatic sweater knitting machine, and a pillow fluffer that fluffed pillows so perfectly that you would fall asleep the minute your head touched the pillow. But this inventor was very special. He was a mouse. And not only was he a mouse…

SONG ONE “A MOST UNUSUAL MOUSE”

HERBERT BINNS WAS VERY SMALL
EVEN FOR A MOUSE
HE WAS TALENTED IN MANY WAYS
HE COULD SIT AND THINK OF THINGS FOR DAYS
EVEN THOUGH HE WAS SMALL
HED SIT
AND THINK
AND SIT
AND THINK
HERBERT BINNS: A MOST UNUSUAL MOUSE

Herbert: That’s me!

Narrator:
HERBERT BINNS HAD MANY TALENTS
READ GREAT BOOKS AND KEPT HIS BALANCE
STANDING ON HIS HEAD.
HE LOVED EXPLORING
NEVER BORING
HE PLAYED ACCORDION WHILE SINGING
LOVED SUMMERSAULTS THAT SENT HIM REELING
HEBERT BINNS A MOST UNUSUAL MOUSE

Herbert:
I CAN DO A LOT OF THINGS
THAT MANY MICE CAN DO
THERE’S LOTS OF THINGS THAT EVERYONE’S GOOD AT
LIKE RIDING BIKES AND ROWING BOATS
LIKE COLLECTING STAMPS OR WRITING NOTES
BUT THERE’S ONE THING THAT I EXCELL AT
THERE’S ONE THING THAT I AM GREAT AT
THERE’S ONE THING I LOVE THE MOST
INVENTING, INVENTING
WHEN I WAKE UP OR GO TO BED
I’M MAKING THINGS INSIDE MY HEAD
IMAGINATION IS THE KEY
I LOVE THIS GIFT INSIDE OF ME
INVENTING!
AND MAYBE IT IS STRANGE OR WRONG
BUT I WILL LIVE MY WHOLE LIFE LONG
INVENTING!
I’M HERBERT BINNS AND I’M QUITE SMALL
I LOVE INVENTING MOST OF ALL
I KNOW SOME DAY THAT I WILL BE
THE BEST INVENTOR THE WORLD’S EVER SEEN
AND I WILL STAND UP PROUD AND TALL
THOUGH THAT’S NOT VERY HIGH AT ALL
AND SHOUT OUT LOUD THEY’LL HEAR ME SAY
I’M HERBERT BINNS A MOST UNUSUAL MOUSE!

Narrator: Most animals in Field Edge loved Herbert Binns. But there were three…

McTabbity: McTabbity!
Narrator: A mean old rabbit.
Zip: Zzzzzip!
Narrator: A nasty rat.
Measly: Measly!
Narrator: A sneaky weasel, who didn’t like him at all! Even on the first day that they met each other, McTabbity had decided that Herbert was much too small and insignificant to be friends with, so instead he would taunt Herbert as he saw him passing by.

McTabbity, Zip and Measly:
Herbert Binns is so horribly small
That no one cares for him at all!

Narrator: But Herbert would only smile good-naturedly and make up a rhyme on the spur of the moment.

Herbert:
Herbert Binns may be smaller than you
But look what this tiny mouse can do
He goes head over heels, he can play and sing
And best of all, he’ll invent anything!

Measly: It’s not fair, boss. How come everyone likes him better than us?
Zip: Yeah! We’re just as original and talented, and creative and uh– um…
Measly: Original as he is!
Zip: Right.
McTabbity: The problem with this town is that no one understands our area of expertise. Now come on.

Narrator: They were jealous that one animal could be more talented than all three of them put together.

Measly: Hey! That’s not true. We’re really very talented at a great number of things…
Zip: Shut up! How do you know we’re not good at anything? You don’t even know us. You’re just the narrator….
McTabbity: QUIET BOTH OF YOU!!!

ACT ONE, SCENE TWO

Narrator: Our story begins in the secret den of McTabbity, where they were sitting around talking about their favorite subject…

McTabbity: Herbert Binns is too small for his boots.
Zip: He’s so small he can sit on a dime and swing his legs!
Measly: He’s so small he has to stand on his tip-toes to scratch his head.
Zip: He’s so small he uses a toothpick for a walking stick!
Measly: He’s so small they uhh….uhhh… (spots newspaper) had to blow up his picture so you could even see ‘im.
McTabbity: What? What are you talking about?
Zip: See? It’s right here, boss! Right here on the front page. Says uhhh…Herbile Bing…say, who’s Herbile Bing?
Measly: That says Herbert Binns, doofus.
Zip: Whadda mean, lame brain? (they begin to fight).
McTabbity: QUIET! Both of you! Give me that (he grabs the paper away from Zip and beats both of them around the head with it). “Herbert Binns has invented a flying tricycle! He would like to cordially invite all citizens of Field Edge to a ceremony on Thursday afternoon to commence at…” (crumples newspaper). A flying tricycle? WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS?

Narrator: Of course, McTabbity himself had never thought of inventing a flying tricycle. In fact, none of them rarely thought about anything other than pulling tricks on Herbert Binns. Without Herbert to get angry at, their lives would have been quite dull.

Zip: Hey!
Measly: How come she gets to talk about us like that, Boss?
McTabbity: She’s just the narrator. She doesn’t know ANYTHING! And besides…it’s not that we’re not good at anything. You see boys…

SONG TWO “THE BAD GUYS”

SOMETIMES IN LIFE
YOULL FIND THAT YOUR INTRESTS
DO NOT COINCIDE WITH THE SWEET OR THE NICE
ITS OKAY TO BE BAD
ITS OKAY TO BE MAD
THESE ARE THE THINGS AT WHICH WE SHINE
BECAUSE WE’RE THE VILLAINS,
THE BAD GUYS, THE LIBERTINES,
THE LOWLIFES, WE’RE THE BRIGANDS,
THE CROOKS, THE TROUBLEMAKERS
WE’RE THE BLACK SHEEP
THE GANGSTERS AND LAWBREAKERS
WE’RE JUST ALL AROUND NICE GUYS
WE ARE THE HELLION, THE MONSTERS,
THE KNAVE AND THE SWINDLERS
WE’RE THE ANTIHEROIC, ENFANT TERRIBLE

Measly: Wait…what does that mean?
Zip: Huh…I dunno…boss?
McTabbity: Shut up and sing!

WE ARE THE MISCREANTS THE MONKEYS
THE REPROBATES AND RASCALS
WE ARE THE VILLAINS AND THE BAD GUYS
YOU KNOW THAT ITS TRUE
WE ARE THE VILLAINS, THE BAD GUYS
THE MEANIE MALEFACTORS
WE ARE THE VILLAINS, THE BAD GUYS
AND WE’RE GREAT AT WHAT WE DO

ACT ONE, SCENE THREE

Narrator: The next day, Herbert Binns was in his workshop, poring over the plans for his fantastic flying tricycle.

Herbert: Now where did I put that….ah! (He takes the special starting pin and puts it in his pocket. He then resumes writing in his notebook). Now let me see…

SONG THREE “MY TRICYLE WILL FLY”

IF THE WINGPAN IS NOT GREATER THAN THE TOTAL MASS OF Y
I AM NOT THAT CERTAIN THAT THIS TRICYCLE WILL FLY
AND WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN IF A GUST OF WIND SHOULD PASS ME BY
WILL IT FLY?
BUT ITS GOT TO
IT’S GOT TO
I’VE GOT TO KNOW THAT I CAN FLY
ALL IT TAKE IS A LITTLE HEART
A LITTLE SWEAT AND A LOT OF SMARTS
TO FIGURE OUT THE BEST WAY THAT MY TRICYCLE WILL FLY

Now let’s see…5, plus three, carry the…yes…no….if you count…right…consider the tires…add nine, carry the 4 and ….I’VE GOT IT

I’VE GOT THE SPECIAL STARTING PIN
JUST TWIST IT ROUND AND PUT IT IN
RELEASING INNER TENSION ON THE TRICYCLE’S SUSPENION
RESULTING IN A FLAPPING MOTION
I’M QUITE CONVINCED I’VE GOT THE NOTION
THAT MY TRICYCLE WILL FLY!

WITH A WHIR AND A FLICK AND A TWIST AND A CLICK
AND A PULL AND A YANK AND A LITTLE KICK
A HIT WITH A WRENCH AND A TWIST OF A SCREW
I KNOW WHAT I’VE GOT TO DO
WORK ALL DAY AND WORK ALL NIGHT
JUST TO BE QUITE CERTAIN I’LL SEE MY TRICYCLE IN FLIGHT

WITH JUST A BIT OF INSPIRATION
NOT A BIT OF TREPIDATION
OR AN OUNCE OF HESITATION
THIS FANTASTIC INNOVATION
OF BOTH TRIKE AND AVIATION
SOLELY BASED ON INFORMATION
WITH A CHANCE FOR LEVITATION
RESULTING IN A CORRELATION
BETWEEN BIKE CHAIN AND WING RELATIONS
BEYOND THE HOPE OF DUPLICATION
REQUIRING GREAT COORDINATION
AND OF COURSE DETERMINATION
AND THE CAREFUL NAVIGATION
WITH GUIDANCE FROM THE CONTELLATIONS
AND THE POSSIBILITY OF PERMANENT VACATION
ALL DUE TO MY STUDY OF THIS THREE- WHEELED ELEVATION
AND THE CORRELATING MATHEMATIC OPERATIONS
WITH PRACTICAL NOTATION ON MAGNETIC FLUCTUATIONS
AND HOW WE ALL MIGHT IMPLEMENT TELECOMMUNICATIONS
AND HOW IT ALL RELATES TO THE BIRDY POPULATIONS
FUFILLING ALL MY WILDEST AND GRANDEST EXPECTATIONS
TO BE PUBLISHED IN A JOURNAL BY THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION!

(That’s NASA) OH…..

I’VE GOT THE SPECIAL STARTING PIN
JUST TWIST IT ROUND AND PUT IT IN
RELEASING INNER TENSION ON THE TRICYCLE’S SUSPENION
RESULTING IN A FLAPPING MOTION
I’M QUITE CONVINCED I’VE GOT THE NOTION
THAT MY TRICYCLE WILL FLY!

Narrator: But while Herbert was celebrating his breakthrough, he didn’t see a whiskery face at the window, listening to every word he said.

McTabbity: A starting pin, eh? We’ll see about this starting pin…and how well stupid little Herbert’s stupid little tricycle will fly without it. BOYS?

(Zip and Measly come rushing in. Zip is holding a large poster).

Zip What is it boss?
Measly: How can we be of service?
Mctabbity: Listen up, boys…I’ve found a way to fix that Herbert Binns for goo–what is that, Zip? (He grabs the poster away from Zip and reads) “Herbert Binns, Mouse and Inventor will be demonstrating his spectacular flying tricycle this Thursday afternoon down by the riverside. All Welcome”. WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THIS, ZIP?
Zip: Uhhh…I…uhhhh …um…see, I was uhh…old Mrs. Waters who runs the bakery asked me to put them up as a personal favor to her.
Measly: Yeah! She even gave us cookies! See? (Measly pulls out some cookies from his pocket.) Want some, boss?
McTabbity: ARGHHH! Shut up, both of you! We’re going to sneak into Herbert’s stupid little house and steal his stupid little starting pin.
Zip: Then his stupid tricycle won’t be able to take off and he’ll look like a fool in front of everyone!
Measly: Yeah! Stupid! Uh boss…can we finish…(tries to take the poster back. McTabbity grabs it and tears it up, and chases the two off stage). But boss, what about the cookies?

ACT TWO, SCENE ONE

Herbert: (yawns) It’s almost midnight! I’ve got to go to bed. I’ve got a big day tomorrow!

SONG FOUR “GOODNIGHT MY MACHINES”

TOMORROW I TAKE A GIANT LEAP
BUT UNTIL THEN IT’S TIME FOR ME TO SLEEP

GOODNIGHT PAGE TURNER AND PASTRY BURNER
GOODNIGHT FENCE PAINTER AND BENDY STRAW MAKER
GOODNIGHT PEACH DE-PITTER AND BLUE JEAN FITTER
GOODNIGHT FLOWER PLANTER AND BUG ENCHANTER
GOODNIGHT MY MACHINES

GOODNIGHT PEANUT DE-SHELLER AND ONION DE-SMELLER
GOODNIGHT ROPE UNTANGLER AND SNAKE DE-FANGLER
GOODNIGHT MITTEN WARMER AND WEATHER INFORMER
GOODNIGHT FENCE PAINTER AND AUTOMATIC DOG TRAINER
GOODNIGHT MY MACHINES

GOODNIGHT LIGHT BULB REPLACER AND TRIANGLE TRACER
GOODNIGHT SWEATER DE-FUZZER AND BUZZERLESS BUZZER
GOODNIGHT NUTS AND BOLTS AND SCREWS AND THINGS
GOODNIGHT TRICYCLE WITH GIANT WINGS
GOODNIGHT MY MACHINES

TOMORROW I TAKE A GIANT LEAP
BUT UNTIL THEN IT’S TIME FOR ME TO SLEEP

Narrator: And as Herbert closed his eyes and laid his head on his perfectly fluffed pillow, he heard someone crying.

Herbert: Hello? Is anyone there?
Henrietta: It’s only me, Herbert.
Herbert: Henrietta? Come in! What’s the matter?
Henrietta: It’s silly…
Herbert: No, come on. Tell me, what’s wrong?
Henrietta: It’s just that I…I…I…can’t bake a pie! (bursts into tears).
Herbert: Why, Henrietta, is that it?
Henrietta: It’s silly, isn’t it? But tomorrow there’s a pie baking contest and I really want to win, but I’ve got no chance.
Herbert: Got no chance? Of course you’ve got a chance! All you have to do is try!
Henrietta: That’s just it…I’ve tried eight times now and all of my pies turn out terribly. See? (she pulls a burned pie out of her basket and bursts into tears again).
Herbert: Hmmm. That is a problem.
Henrietta: The birds won’t even eat my pies! There awfully burned! I just don’t know what to do. If only you could–
Herbert: Un-burn a pie?
Henrietta: Exactly.
Herbert: Maybe you can.
Henrietta: That’s silly. You can’t unburn a pie, Herbert.
Herbert: But what if you could? Don’t you see? (he begins furiously pacing back and forth).
Henrietta: But how?
Herbert: Give me a minute…undoing that which can’t be undone…hmmm.
Henrietta: Well there’s lots of things that you can undo
Herbert: Like what?
Henrietta: Well…like a knot for instance. You just have to work on it.
Herbert: That’s it! Henrietta, you’re a genius!

SONG FIVE “THAT SHOULD DO THE TRICK”

WE’LL TAKE THOSE THINGS YOU CAN’T UNDO
LIKE LOTS OF KNOTS AND SUPERGLUE
ADD THEM TO A BROKEN CLOCK
A COUPLE SCREWS AN UNLOCKED LOCK
AND THAT SHOULD DO THE TRICK

WE’LL MIX THEM WITH A BOWL OF GRAPES
A SINGLE ROLL OF STICKY TAPE
SOME PIANO KEYS A BALL OF WIRE
AN EXTINGUISHER TO STOP A FIRE
AND THAT SHOULD DO THE TRICK

JUST ADD THREE INCHES OF BROWN STRING
A PONG THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO PING
A RECORD FROM A PHONOGRAPH
A NEGATATED PHOTOGRAPH
AND THAT SHOULD DO THE TRICK

MIX IN A BALL THAT HAS NO BOUNCE
A PETTICOAT WITHOUT A FLOUNCE
A PINCH OF STEAM A HINT OF DEW
THE GYM SHOE OF A KANGAROO
AND THAT SHOULD DO THE TRICK

INCLUDE THE BIRDIE FROM A CLOCK
A TICK THAT HAS FORGOTTEN TOCK
A SILVER SPOON A PIECE OF MOON
AND THAT SHOULD DO THE TRICK

DON’T FORGET A RUBBER BAND
A SINGLE TINY GRAIN OF SAND
AND ADD YOUR PIE TO END THE MIX
AND WAIT THREE MINUTES TILL THE CLICK

Henrietta: YOU’RE RIGHT! IT DID THE TRICK! Oh, Herbert, it’s wonderful! How can I ever thank you!
Herbert: Don’t be silly! It was my pleasure.
Henrietta: Oh, tomorrow is going to be a wonderful day! I’ll find you after the contest and tell you how it went. Thank you Herbert! Thank you so much! (she leaves).
Herbert: Goodnight Henrietta! Good luck!

SONG FIVE B “GOODNIGHT MY MACHINES REPRISE”

AND GOODNIGHT MY FLYING TRICYCLE
GOODNIGHT HENRIETTA!
GOODNIGHT AND SWEET DREAMS

ACT TWO, SCENE TWO

Narrator: As Herbert lay snuggled up in his bed, thinking of all of his wonderful inventions, McTabbity, Zip and Measly were sneaking.

(Zip and Measly creep from opposite directions and bump into each other. They both yell).

Measly: Hey boss! Look at all of this neat stuff!
Zip: What is all of this?
Measly: It’s all of his inventions, stupid.
Zip: You mean he built all of this by himself? Hey boss! Did you ever invent anything?
McTabbity: Shut up, both of you! We’ve got to be quiet. He might wake up. Zip, you look in the drawers. Measly, you search the shelves. I’ll check the box.
Zip: Hey boss, look! I found a slinky!
McTabbity: Gargggh!
Measly: Hey boss! I found it…..oh. Never mind.
McTabbity. Nothing in here! Where did that stupid little mouse put it?

(Zip and Measly are fighting over the slinky. They knock into the door and it swings shut. Herbert’s coat is on the hook).

McTabbity: There! (he pushes past the two, completely ignoring the fact that they are now rolling around on the floor and reaches into the coat pocket and pulls out the pin). I’ve got it!

(Zip and Measly freeze).

Zip: Hooray!

Measly: That’ll show that stupid mouse!

SONG SIX “CRIME IS FOR THE RARE”

McTabbity:
FINALLY, MY TRIUMPH OVER STUPID HERBERT BINNS
EVERY TIME HE’S BEATEN ME, HE ALWAYS SEEMS TO WIN
BUT NO MORE WILL HE PLAY ME
I WILL NO LONGER BE THE FOOL
BECAUSE WHILE HE MAY BE SWEET AND GOOD
I FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE SET OF RULES

NEVER FEEL SORRY FOR ANYTHING YOU DO
DON’T LET PITY GET THE BEST OF YOU
DO ANYTHING TO WIN (CHEATING IS ALLOWED)
THE MORE DISPICIBLE THE ACTION THE MORE THE AUDIENCE IS WOWED
WORK IS FOR THE SIMPLE, CRIME IS FOR THE RARE
IF YOU NEVER LISTEN THEN YOU NEVER HAVE TO CARE

I’VE DONE PETTY CRIMES AND MAJOR HEISTS
I ENOJOY THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE
LIKE LYING CHEATING AND STARTING FIGHTS
I’VE STOLEN FROM MY GRANDMA AND DIDN’T THINK ABOUT IT TWICE!
STEALING THINGS IS SIMPLE, IT’S A SIDE EFFECT OF GREED
THE THINGS I DO ARE FILED UNDER DASTARDLY DEEDS
OH WORK IS FOR THE SIMPLE
CRIME IS FOR THE RARE

OH BEING MEAN IS FINE AND DANDY IF YOU’RE NEW TO CRIME
BUT BEING CRUEL AND HEARTLESS, WELL THAT SKILL COMES IN TIME
I JUST KEEP HOPPING TOWARD THE GLORIES THAT ARE MINE
ITS TRUE THAT LIFE AIN’T EASY AND I KNOW THAT IT’S NOT FAIR
OH BEING ME IS SIMPLY BEYOND COMPARE
CAUSE WORK IS FOR THE SIMPLE
CRIME IS FOR THIS HARE
ILL SAY IT AGAIN
WORK IS FOR THE SIMPLE
CRIME IS FOR THIS HARE!

ACT TWO, SCENE THREE

Narrator: Back in their secret den, Zip, Measly and McTabbity were celebrating their terrible deed.

McTabbity: Thinks he’s so clever. But some animals are clever-er-er.
Zip: Yeah! Like you, boss!
Measly: Just wait until Thursday. That Herbert Binns is going to crash and burn!
McTabbity: Literally! (Zip and McTabbity laugh).
Measly: I don’t get it.

ACT TWO, SCENE FOUR

Narrator: Thursday afternoon arrived at last. Down by the riverside, a crowd had gathered. They were all waiting in anticipation for Herbert’s arrival.

SONG SEVEN “HERBERT TAKES TO THE SKY”

Town Animals:
A MAIDEN VOYAGE
OF A FANTASTICAL MACHINE
A SPLENDID TAKE OFF
LIKE THIS TOWN HAS NEVER SEEN
WITH SIX LONG MONTHS OF WAITING
AND ANTICIPATING
TODAY WILL BE THE DAY THAT HERBERT BINNS TAKES TO THE SKY
TODAY WILL BE THE DAY THAT HE PROVES TRICYCLES CAN FLY

THERE NOT A CLOUD
TO INTERFERE TODAY
AND THE TREES HAVE ALL BEEN TRIMMED
SO THEY DON’T GET IN HIS WAY
WEVE BEEN UP ALL NIGHT
WAITING FOR HIS FLIGHT
TODAY WILL BE THE DAY THAT HERBERT BINNS TAKES TO THE SKY
TODAY WILL BE THE DAY THAT HE PROVES TRICYCLES CAN FLY

ITS AMAZING
WHAT A TINY MOUSE CAN DO
WHEN HE DREAMS BIG
AND HAS GOALS HE MUST PURSUE
I KNOW THAT HERBERT’S TRICYCLE WON’T FAIL
AND SOMEDAY I’LL TELL MY CHILDREN OF THIS TALE
TODAY WILL BE THE DAY THAT HERBERT BINNS TAKES TO THE SKY
TODAY WILL BE THE DAY THAT HE PROVES TRICYCLES CAN FLY
TODAY WILL BE THE DAY THAT HE PROVES TRICYCLES CAN FLY
TODAY WILL BE THE DAY THAT HERBERT BINNS TAKES TO THE SKY

McTabbity: If only they knew how STUPID Herbert is going to look!
Zip: We couldn’t have picked a better plan.
Measly: The whole town is here to watch him make a fool of himself!
McTabbity: He won’t dare show his stupid little face in public ever again!

Narrator: At that very moment, the most wonderful machine appeared on the hill. It was a green tricycle with two enormous wings that flapped beautifully–and riding it proudly was Herbert Binns.

(The three villains giggle uncontrollably).

Herbert: Thank you all for coming! As I’m sure you can tell, today will be the day that a tiny mouse flies!
The crowd cheers. For my entire life, I’ve watched the birds in the sky and the trees blow in the wind, and I’ve wondered what that must be like. But I couldn’t imagine it. Maybe it’s because I’m so small–I do stay very close to the ground you know! And so here I am today, with my tricycle. And so, if you’ll give me a moment to prepare.

(Herbert reaches into his pocket as the three villains collapse with silent laughter behind him. He feels around for a second and pulls out…the starting pin! The three villains freeze and McTabbity jumps up).

McTabbity: WHAT?
Zip: How…
Measly: It can’t be, boss! You stole that starting pin fair and square!
McTabbity: Shut up, stupid! Keep your mouth shut.
Herbert Oh, it’s quite alright McTabitty. You didn’t think I’d risk your tricks? I knew you’ve had it in for me since the day we met. I made a spare. Several, actually. A good inventor is always prepared, don’t you think, Zip?
Zip: What?
Herbert. It’s a lucky thing I checked before I left…but you two were kind enough to give me a clue! You owe me a new scientific springing step walker, by the way.
Measly: Huh?
Herbert: (he pulls out a tangled slinky and tosses it to McTabbity. McTabbity turns furiously on the two, but they have already run off). McTabbity, you’ve hated me for long enough. Can’t we be friends? (he offers his hand for McTabbity to shake). Would you like the first ride on my tricycle?
McTabbity: You’ve embarrassed me in front of the whole town! I hate you Herbert Binns, I hate you so—-

Narrator: But we’ll never know exactly what McTabbity said because his words were drowned out by the cheers of the people who knew and loved Herbert Binns as the local police force came and arrested McTabbity.
McTabbity: I’ll get you next time you stupid—–(McTabbity is lead off stage).
Herbert: Goodbye McTabbity! It’s such a pity…he could have been a great inventor. And now, I am happy to announce that it is time! Goodbye!

SONG EIGHT “INSPIRATION”

I HAVE DREAMED OF THIS MOMENT
FOR SO MANY YEARS
I’VE WORKED SO HARD AND I’VE ENDED UP HERE
HERE AT THE END OF THE ROAD
OR IS IT THE BEGINNING?
I DON’T KNOW
WHAT LIES AHEAD?
THERES NOTHING IN THE BOOKS IVE READ
NO MANUAL OR GUIDE I’VE FOUND
OFF THE BEATEN PATH I’M BOUND
I’LL FORGE MY OWN PATH
I’LL CHOOSE MY OWN WAY
AND SOMEDAY MAYBE SOMEWHERE
SOMEONE WILL SAY
THERE GOES HERBERT BINNS ON HIS FLYING TRICYCLE
SOARING HIGH ABOVE THE TREES
FEEL THE BREEZE AROUND MY KNEES
SEE THE PEOPLE DOWN BELOW
SLOW DOWN JUST TO SAY HELLO
PEOPLE SAY A MOUSE CAN’T FLY
I BELIVE YOU’VE GOT TO TRY
THIS IS WHERE MY DREAMS HAVE LEAD
WHO KNOW WHAT LIES AHEAD
SOARING THROUGH THE CLEAR BLUE SKY
IF BIRDS CAN DO IT WHY CAN’T I
I BELIEVE IN MY DREAMS AND I’VE GOT TO CHOOSE
WHAT MORE DO I HAVE TO LOOSE?
DREAMS MAY COME AND DREAMS MAY GO
IF I DON’T TRY I NEVER KNOW

Henrietta: Herbert, wait!!
Herbert: Henrietta!
Henrietta: Herbert, I won! I won the pie making contest! Oh, how can I ever thank you?
Herbert: Well, I–
Henrietta: Here. Take my pie. You were the one who fixed it after all. Oh! Look at me! I’m interrupting your take off. I’ll get out of the way.
Herbert: No, it’s alright-I–I’m going to miss you, Henrietta.
Henrietta: I’m going to miss you too! But you’ll be back soon, and you can tell me all about what it’s like to fly. Have a good flight, Herbert. Write me sometimes, will you please?
Herbert: Of course I will, Henrietta. You’re my best friend! And I won’t have to tell you about flying–next time, you can come with me!
Henrietta: Oh Herbert! Thank you! I can’t wait to tell everyone that I know Herbert Binns the famous flying inventor! Goodbye Herbert! And come home soon!
Herbert: I will! And thank you for the pie!

SONG EIGHT B “INSPIRATION REPRISE”

DREAMS MAY COME AND DREAMS MAY GO
IF I DON’T TRY I NEVER KNOW
I BELIEVE IN MYSELF
I BELIEVE IN MY DREAMS
NOTHING IS AS HARD AS IT SEEMS
SO I’M TAKING OFF NOW
I’M LIFTING OFF NOW
INTO THE SKY

Narrator: And with that, Herbert Binns flew off on his fantastic tricycle while all the animals in Field’s Edge watched and waved. Even Zip and Measly! He wrote to Henrietta often, and told her all about the fantastic places and the amazing sights he saw, and all of his new ideas for inventions. And everyone in Field’s Edge–even Zip, Measly and McTabbity–finally believed that a mouse could fly.

SONG NINE “NARATOR’S ADDRES TO THE AUDIENCE”

BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS YOU’VE GOT TO CHOOSE
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOOSE?
DREAMS MAY COME AND DREAMS MAY GO
IF YOU DON’T TRY YOU’VE NEVER KNOW
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS
NOTHING IS AS HARD AS IT SEEMS
SO TAKE OFF NOW
EXPLORE NOW
DREAM NOW
BELIEVE NOW
AND FOLLOW YOUR HEART.

THE END

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