- Little Known Facts
Little Known Facts is a musical number in the
Broadway musical comedy, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The musicand lyricswere written by Clark Gesnerin 1966. The song was in the original Off-Broadway production of the show in 1967and was also in the revivalproduction in 1999, where it was added an ending line by Andrew Lippa
The song is based on several
Peanuts comic stripswritten by Charles M. Schulz. The strips show Lucy van Peltteaching her younger brother, Linus van Peltfalse facts.
In Little Known Facts,
Charlie Brownis on stage. As the music begins, Linus and Lucy walk on stage. Charlie Brown asks Linus what he is doing. Linus replies that Lucy said a sister is responsible for educating her younger brother, so she's teaching him. He also adds that Lucy is intelligent.
Throughout the song, Lucy teaches Linus these false facts:
Fir trees produce fur to be made into coats. During winter, they produce wool.
Elm trees begin small, but grow up and transform into oak trees. You can also tell how old elm trees are by counting its leaves.
Cloudsmake the windblow.
Bugsmake the grassgrow by tugging at every tiny grass seedling until it grows into a giant blade of grass.
fire hydrantis similar to a plant, but grows on concreteeverywhere, and Lucy is unaware why they give off so much water.
*Lucy points to Woodstock, and says it is an
eagle, but is a younger one, so is called a sparrow, and we eat eagles and sparrows for Christmasand Thanksgiving.
Starsand planetsmake rain.
Snowcomes up out of the ground like grassand the wind blows it around to make it look like it's falling.
*If someone bangs their head on a
tree, it is to loosen the barkfor the tree to grow faster.After each of most of Lucy's teachings, Linus agrees with Lucy and Charlie Brown tries to tell Lucy what she's telling Linus is not true. After Lucy explains snow coming up, Charlie Brown disagrees, but Lucy tries to say that when the snow comes up, it is blown around by wind, so it looks like it comes down. Charlie Brown, clearly cross, exclaims "Oh good grief!", leaves, and bangs his head on a tree, which Linus questions. Lucy explains about the bark, and, only in the revival, sings the ending line.
*1967 Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording CD of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." (c 2000)
*1999 New Broadway Cast Recording CD of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." (c 1999)
*Wikipedia page on You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
*1976 Animated special "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
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