Yesterday I sat through my very last final for grad school ever, and consequently (I hope) school ever. Now all I have to do is complete my capstone and slog through comps, and I am degreed!
And so, in honor of this occasion, I would like to give you an opportunity to laugh at my ridiculousness. But it’s musical ridiculousness so it should be okay.
Yesterday, in a bid to burn myself a CD that would entertain me on the drive into DC for school, I purchased the original Broadway cast recording of The Lion King. Early on in this CD is a track entitled “The Morning Report,” wherein Zazu informs Mufasa what’s up with his kingdom using a series of terrible puns (“Chimps are going ape; giraffes remain above it all,” etc). It is by consequence entirely up my alley.
One of these lines is “We haven’t paid the hornbills.” I heard this the first time and thought, hahaha! They haven’t paid the hornbills! They haven’t paid the musicians! What a sly dig at Broadway! That’s hilarious!
It wasn’t till about, oh, the fourth or fifth listen that I realized: they haven’t paid the hornbills.