"Kick It Up a Notch"

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"Kick It Up a Notch"
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Written By Darren Criss
Sung By Dylan Saunders (Pincer)
Jaime Lyn Beatty (Neato Mosquito)
Jim Povolo (Sweetheart Mosquito)
Brian Holden (Veeto Mosquito)
Joey Richter (Bug)
Musical Starship
Act 1 Part 9
Time 6:57

"Kick It Up a Notch" is a song from Starship.

[edit] Background

In "Kick It Up a Notch", Bug forsakes the Hive to follow the Mosquito Brothers to the mysterious Pincer's hole in the ground—fancy! It turns out that Pincer the scorpion can help Bug become a human, which will be his only opportunity to become a Starship Ranger, only in turn to receive the humans that Bug must befriend. With the help of his henchmen, Pincer convinces Bug and transforms Bug into a human using a brain leech and a cryotube. Only, there might be something that Pincer is concealing. Could he and the Mosquito Brothers be tricking Bug into a trap that could harm, maybe even kill, the human race?

[edit] Lyrics

Pincer:
Scales and exoskeletons,
Why, they pale in comparison
To a body that is covered up by skin

We get rid of those antennae,
give you hair and clothes and then I
add two eyes & and a nose and my boy, that is only
the beginning

Bug: (spoken)
Hmm. What are you saying?

Pincer: (spoken)
You become a Starship Ranger!

Bug: (spoken)
Me? But, I don't—

Pincer: (spoken)
Oh now, listen to me, my confused little friend! We are friends, after all. I used to have my fair share of doubts and fears, and well, they quite literally almost ate me alive... but no! I took charge! I pushed it to the limit! So you gotta be strong! Be tough! To coin a phrase, be a man. Haha!

You gotta kick it up a notch,
if you're ever gonna reach your goal
You can't sit around and watch
Your destiny's in your control

Go 'head and kick it up a notch,
if your life is at a level too low
There's no attempt that you can botch
When all you gotta do is just give it a go

But then again, what do I know?

What I see right there is a prisoner,
who's sitting on top of the key
So kick it up a notch,
if you ever wanna be free

Bug: (spoken)
Wow! To be a real Starship Ranger... that, that would be the greatest thing in the whole world!

Pincer: (spoken)
It would, wouldn't it? A bug in a human body... You could be the link between our race and theirs.

Bug: (spoken)
Yeah, but do I even have—

Mosquito Brothers:
Shhhh!

All you gotta do is:
Kick it up a notch,
to dig yourself outta this hole
You wanna have the things they got?
Then you gotta give that dice a roll

Neato:
Kid, kick it up a notch
What's the point of less when there is more?

Sweetheart:
Have a cigar!

Veeto:
A glass of scotch!
When opportunity knocks on your door
You let 'em in and then—

Mosquito Brothers:
—you settle the score!

Pincer:
Life is short, so
before it's over

Pincer & Mosquito Bros.:
Take a chance and think it through!

Pincer:
You'd better kick it up a notch
It's the human thing to do

Ahahaha!

It's a big, big universe,
so many dimensions and unanswered questions
Not to mention, life—
What an invention, life—

There's no choice involved in what you are given:
one mind, one voice, one body to live in

But—

You wanna be a Starship Ranger,
or is that a dream that you forgot?
You wanna be a Starship Ranger,
well, this might be your one and only shot!

(spoken) So here's the choice, Bug! You can go on leading your meaningless existence, or you could take everything you've ever wanted! All I ask in return is that you befriend the humans and bring them to me. Well, Bug, what do you say?

Bug:
I, I...

I think I'll kick it up a notch!
I don't care about the Queen or the Hive!

Pincer:
That's the spirit!
Kick 'em all straight in the crotch,
how 'bout that?

Bug:
Yeah!

Pincer & Bug:
Who are they to deprive us of wanting to—

Pincer:
[ Bug: I'm gonna be a Starship Ranger! ]
Kick it up a notch
Never give yourself a reason to doubt
[ Bug: I'm gonna be a Starship Ranger! ]
You gotta strike it while it's hot
Cause that's what living's all about

[ Bug: I'm gonna be a Starship Ranger! ]
My dear Bug, it's time the lights went out!

Bug: (spoken)
Well, see you on the other side, Pincer. I love you!

Pincer: (spoken)
Oh, umm, ah... I love you too, Bug! Hahaha.

Veeto: (spoken)
I know that we're suckers, but that guy's a sucker!

Pincer: (spoken)
Yes, yes, what a dumbass! Break out the good china, boys. Tonight, we dine—again!

Kick it up a notch
Oh, my plan is all about to unfold
Let's put a twist into this plot
Bug, go forth, do everything that I've told ya

Pincer & Mosquito Bros:
When we
Kick it up a notch

Mosquito Brothers: (spoken)
It's blood for us!

Pincer:
And brains for me!

[ Mosquito Bros: Ahhh! ]

I'm gonna let this little snot,
be everything he's wanted to be,
but only because I know he'll actually

[ Mosquito Bros: Do do do do! ]

Feed my hunger for flesh,
I'll need it warm and fresh

Pincer & Mosquito Bros:
Oh, Pincer, you're in for a treat!

Pincer:
Let's kick it up a notch
[ Mosquito Bros: Kick it up a notch! ]
So at last, I'll have human meat!

[edit] Trivia

Last edited by Xenophilia on 21 July 2011 at 23:50
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