On the first day acting class, Mr. Karp, puts us on stage with our legs around eachother,
One in back of the other, and he says:
*Okay, we're gonna do improvisations ... you're on a bobsled, it's snowing out and it's cold... Okay, go!*
Ev'ryday for a week we would try to feel the motion,
Feel the motion down the hill.
Ev'ry day for a week we would try to hear the wind rush
Hear the wind rush, feel the chill
So I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
To see what I had inside.
Yes, I dug right down to the bottom of my soul and I tried, I tried!
And everybodys goin'
*Woosh... woosh ... I feel the snow, I feel the cold, I feel the air...*
Mr. Karp comes up to me and he says: *Okay, Morales, what did you feel?*
And I said... *Nothing, I'm feeling nothing,*
And he says *Nothing could get a girl transferred.*
They all felt something, but I felt nothing
Except the feelin' that this bullshit was absurd!
So I said to myself, *Don't worry about it, it's only the first week. Maybe it's genetic, They don't have bobsleds in San Juan!"
Second week, more advanced and we had to be a table, be a sportscar, Ice-cream cone.
Mister Karp, he would say, *Very good, except Morales.
Try, Morales, all alone.*
So I dug right down to the bottom of my soul To see how an ice cream felt... Yes, I dug right down to the bottom of my soul And I tried to melt!
And the kids yelled, *Nothing!* They called me *Nothing*
And Karp allowed it, which really makes me burn.
They were so helpful, they called me *Hopeless*
Until I really didn't know where else to turn.
Mr. Karp kept saying, *Morales, I think you should transfer to Girl's High, You'll never be an actress, Never!*
Went to church, praying, Santa Maria, Send me guidance,
Send me guidance on my knees.
Went to church praying, Santa Maria, help me feel it,
Help me feel it pretty please.
And a voice from down at the bottom of my soul
Came up to the top of my head
And a voice from down at the bottom of my soul, here is what it said:
*This man is nothing! This course is nothing!
If you want something go find another class.
And when you find one You'll be an actress.*
And I assure you that's what fin'lly came to pass.
Six months later I heard that Karp had died.
And I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
'Cause I felt nothing.
Writer(s): Hamlisch Marvin, Kleban Edward Lawrence
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