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Jack's Lament

From:  The Nightmare Before Christmas
Written by: Danny Elfman
Performed by: [Jack Skellington]

There are few who'd deny, at what I do I am the best
For my talents are renowned far and wide
When it comes to surprises in the moonlit night
I excel without ever even trying
With the slightest little effort of my ghostlike charms
I have seen grown men give out a shriek
With the wave of my hand, and a well-placed moan
I have swept the very bravest off their feet

Yet year after year, it's the same routine
And I grow so tired of the sound of screams
And I, Jack, the Pumpkin King
Have grown so tired of the same old thing

Oh, somewhere deep inside of these bones
An emptiness began to grow
There's something out there, far from my home
A longing that I've never known

I'm a master of fright, and a demon of light
And I'll scare you right out of your pants
To a guy in Kentucky, I'm Mister Unlucky
And I'm known throughout England and France

And since I am dead, I can take off my head
To recite Shakespearean quotations
No animal nor man can scream like I can
With the fury of my recitations

But who here would ever understand
That the Pumpkin King with his skeleton grin
Would tire of his crown, if they only understood
He'd give it all up if he only could

Oh, there's an empty place in my bones
That calls out for something unknown
The fame and praise come year after year
Does nothing for these empty tears

Jack's Obsession

From:  The Nightmare Before Christmas
Written by: Danny Elfman

[Citizens of Halloween:]
Something's up with Jack
Something's up with Jack
Don't know if we're ever going to get him back

He's all alone up there
Locked away inside
Never says a word
Hope he hasn't died

Something's up with Jack
Something's up with Jack

Christmas time is buzzing in my skull
Will it let me be? I cannot tell
There are so many things I cannot grasp
When I think I've got it, and then at last
Through my bony fingers it does slip
Like a snowflake in a fiery grip

Something's here I'm not getting
Though I try, I keep forgetting
Like a memory, long since past
Here in an instant, gone in a flash
What does it mean?
What does it mean?

In these little bric-a-brac
A secret's waiting to be cracked
These dolls and toys confuse me so
Confound it all, I love it though

Simple objects, nothing more
But something's hidden through a door
Though I do not have the key
Something's there I cannot see
What does it mean?
What does it mean?
What does it mean?

I've read these Christmas books so many times
I know the stories and I know the rhymes
I know the Christmas carols all by heart
My skull's so full, it's tearing me apart
As often as I've read them, something's wrong
So hard to put my bony finger on

Or perhaps it's really not as deep
As I've been led to think
Am I trying much too hard?
Of course! I've been too close to see
The answer's right in front of me
Right in front of me

It's simple really, very clear
Like music drifting in the air
Invisible, but everywhere
Just because I cannot see it
Doesn't mean I can't believe it

You know, I think this Christmas thing
It's not as tricky as it seems
And why should they have all the fun?
It should belong to anyone

Not anyone, in fact, but me
Why, I could make a Christmas tree
And there's no reason I can find
I couldn't handle Christmas time

I bet I could improve it too
And that's exactly what I'll do
Hee, hee, hee
Eureka! I've got it

Kidnap the Sandy Claws

From:  The Nightmare Before Christmas
Written by: Danny Elfman

[Lock, Shock, and Barrel:]
Kidnap Mr. Sandy Claws

I wanna do it

Let's draw straws

Jack said we should work together
Three of a kind

Birds of a feather
Now and forever
La, la, la, la, la

Kidnap the Sandy Claws, lock him up real tight
Throw away the key and then
Turn off all the lights

First we're going to set some bait
Inside a nasty trap we'll wait
When he comes a-sniffling we will
Snap the trap and close the gate

Wait! I've got a better plan
To catch this big red lobster man
Let's pop him in a boiling pot
And when he's done we'll butter him up

Kidnap the Sandy Claws
Throw him in a box
Bury him for ninety years
Then see if he talks

Then Mr. Oogie Boogie Man
Can take the whole thing over then
He'll be so pleased, I do declare
That he will cook him rare


I say that we take a cannon
Aim it at his door
And then knock three times
And when he answers
Sandy Claws will be no more

You're so stupid, think now
If we blow him up to smithereens
We may lose some pieces
And then Jack will beat us black and green

Kidnap the Sandy Claws
Tie him in a bag
Throw him in the ocean
Then, see if he is sad

[Lock and Shock:]
Because Mr. Oogie Boogie is the meanest guy around
If I were on his Boogie list, I'd get out of town

He'll be so pleased by our success
That he'll reward us too, I bet

Perhaps he'll make his special brew
Of snake and spider stew

We're his little henchmen and
We take our job with pride
We do our best to please him
And to stay on his good side

I wish my cohorts weren't so dumb

I'm not the dumb one

You're no fun

I've got something, listen now
This one is real good, you'll see
We'll send a present to his door
Up there'll be a note to read
Now, in the box we'll wait and hide
Until his curiosity entices him to look inside

And then we'll have him
One, two, three

Kidnap the Sandy Claws, beat him with a stick
Lock him up for ninety years, see what makes him tick
Kidnap the Sandy Claws, chop him into bits
Mr. Oogie Boogie is sure to get his kicks
Kidnap the Sandy Claws, see what we will see
Lock him in a cage and then, throw away the key

Making Christmas

From:  The Nightmare Before Christmas
Written by: Danny Elfman

This time, this time

Making Christmas

Making Christmas

Making Christmas, making Christmas
Is so fine

It's ours this time
And won't the children be surprised
It's ours this time

[Child Corpse:]
Making Christmas

Making Christmas

[Mummy and Corpse Child:]
Making Christmas

Time to give them something fun

[Witches and Creature Lady:]
They'll talk about for years to come

Let's have a cheer from everyone
It's time to party

[Duck Toy:]
Making Christmas, making Christmas

Snakes and mice get wrapped up so nice
With spider legs and pretty bows

[Vampires and Winged Demon:]
It's ours this time

[Corpse Father:]
All together, this and that

[Corpse Father and Werewolf:]
With all our tricks we're

[Corpse Father, Werewolf and Devil:]
Making Christmastime

Here comes Jack

I don't believe what's happening to me
My hopes, my dreams, my fantasies
Hee, hee, hee, hee

Won't they be impressed, I am a genius
See how I transformed this old rat
Into a most delightful hat

Hmmm, my compliments from me to you
On this most intriguing hat
Consider though this substitute
A bat in place of this old rat
Huh! No, no, no, now that's all wrong
This thing will never make a present
It's been dead for much too long
Try something fresher, something pleasant
Try again, don't give up

[Three Mr. Hydes:]
All together, this and that
With all our tricks we're making Christmastime

This time, this time
Making Christmas, making Christmas
La, la, la
It's almost here

[Group and Werewolf:]
And we can't wait

[Group and Harlequin:]
So ring the bells and celebrate

'Cause when the full moon starts to climb
We'll all sing out

It's Christmastime
Hee, hee, hee

Oogie Boogie's Song

From:  The Nightmare Before Christmas
Written by: Danny Elfman

[Oogie Boogie:]
Well, well, well, what have we here?
Sandy Claws, huh?
Oh, I'm really scared
So you're the one everybody's talkin' about, ha, ha

You're jokin', you're jokin'
I can't believe my eyes
You're jokin' me, you gotta be
This can't be the right guy
He's ancient, he's ugly
I don't know which is worse
I might just split a seam now
If I don't die laughing first

When Mr. Oogie Boogie says
There's trouble close at hand
You'd better pay attention now
'Cause I am the Boogie Man
And if you aren't shakin'
Then there's something very wrong
'Cause this may be the last time now
That you hear the boogie song, ohhh

[Three Bats:]

[Oogie Boogie:]

[Seven Lizards:]

[Oogie Boogie:]

[Seven Lizards:]
Ohhh, he's the Oogie Boogie Man

[Oogie Boogie:]
Well if I'm feelin' antsy
And there's nothin' much to do
I might just cook a special batch
Of snake and spider stew
And don't ya know the one thing
That would make it work so nice?
A roly-poly Sandy Claws to add a little spice

[Three Skeletons:]

[Oogie Boogie:]
Oh, yeah

[Three Bats:]

[Oogie Boogie:]

[Three Bats:]

[Three Skeletons and Oogie Boogie:]
Oh, yeah, (he's) I'm the Oogie Boogie Man

Release me now
Or you must face the dire consequences
The children are expecting me
So please, come to your senses

[Oogie Boogie:]
You're jokin', you're jokin'
I can't believe my ears
Would someone shut this fella up
I'm drownin' in my tears
It's funny, I'm laughing
You really are too much
And now, with your permission
I'm gonna do my stuff

What are you gonna do?

[Oogie Boogie:]
I'm gonna do the best I can
Oh, the sound of rollin' dice
To me is music in the air
'Cause I'm a gamblin' Boogie Man
Although I don't play fair

It's much more fun, I must confess
When lives are on the line
Not mine, of course, but yours, old boy
Now that's be just fine

Release me fast or you will have to
Answer for this heinous act

[Oogie Boogie:]
Oh, brother, you're something
You put me in a spin
You aren't comprehending
The position that you're in
It's hopeless, you're finished
You haven't got a prayer
'Cause I'm Mr. Oogie Boogie
And you ain't going nowhere

Poor Jack

From:  The Nightmare Before Christmas
Written by: Danny Elfman
Performed by: [Jack Skellington]

What have I done?
What have I done?
How could I be so blind?
All is lost, where was I?
Spoiled all, spoiled all
Everything's gone all wrong

What have I done?
What have I done?
Find a deep cave to hide in
In a million years they'll find me
Only dust and a plaque
That reads, "Here Lies Poor Old Jack"

But I never intended all this madness, never
And nobody really understood how could they?
That all I ever wanted was to bring them something great
Why does nothing turn out as it should?

Well, what the heck, I went and did my best
And, by gosh, I really tasted something swell
And for a moment, why, I even touched the sky
And at least I left some stories they can tell, I did

And for the first time since I don't remember when
I felt just like my old bony self again
And I, Jack, the Pumpkin King
That's right! I am the Pumpkin King, ha, ha, ha

And I just can't wait until next Halloween
'Cause I've got some new ideas that will really make them scream
And, by gosh, I'm really gonna give it all my might
Uh oh, I hope there's still time to set things right
Sandy Claws, hmm

Sally's Song

From:  The Nightmare Before Christmas
Written by: Danny Elfman
Performed by: [Sally]

I sense there's something in the wind
That feels like tragedy's at hand
And though I'd like to stand by him
Can't shake this feeling that I have
The worst is just around the bend

And does he notice my feelings for him?
And will he see how much he means to me?
I think it's not to be

What will become of my dear friend?
Where will his actions lead us then?
Although I'd like to join the crowd
In their enthusiastic cloud
Try as I may, it doesn't last

And will we end up together?
No, I think not, it's never to become
For I am not the one

This is Halloween

From:  The Nightmare Before Christmas
Written by: Danny Elfman

Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn't you like to see something strange?

[Siamese Shadow:]
Come with us and you will see
This, our town of Halloween

[Pumpkin Patch Chorus:]
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick of treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright
It's our town, everybody scream
In this town of Halloween

[Creature Under Bed:]
I am the one hiding under your bed
Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red

[Man Under the Stairs:]
I am the one hiding under your stairs
Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair

[Corpse Chorus:]
This is Halloween, this is Halloween

Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
Everybody waiting for the next surprise

In this town, don't we love it now?
Everybody's waiting for the next surprise

[Corpse Chorus:]
Round that corner, man hiding in the trash can
Something's waiting now to pounce, and how you'll

[Harlequin Demon, Werewolf, and Melting Man:]
Scream! This is Halloween
Red 'n' black, slimy green

Aren't you scared?

Well, that's just fine
Say it once, say it twice
Take the chance and roll the dice
Ride with the moon in the dead of night

[Hanging Tree:]
Everybody scream, everybody scream

[Hanged Men:]
In our town of Halloween

I am the clown with the tear-away face
Here in a flash and gone without a trace

[Second Ghoul:]
I am the "who" when you call, "Who's there?"
I am the wind blowing through your hair

[Oogie Boogie Shadow:]
I am the shadow on the moon at night
Filling your dreams to the brim with fright

[Corpse Chorus:]
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
Halloween! Halloween!

[Child Corpse Trio:]
Tender lumpings everywhere
Life's no fun without a good scare

[Parent Corpses:]
That's our job, but we're not mean
In our town of Halloween

[Corpse Chorus:]
In this town

Don't we love it now?

[Mayor with Corpse Chorus:]
Everyone's waiting for the next surprise

[Corpse Chorus:]
Skeleton Jack might catch you in the back
And scream like a banshee
Make you jump out of your skin
This is Halloween, everyone scream
Won't ya please make way for a very special guy
Our man Jack is king of the Pumpkin King now

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

[Child Corpse Trio:]
In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

La la la la, Halloween! Halloween!(etc.)

Town Meeting Song

From:  The Nightmare Before Christmas
Written by: Danny Elfman

There were objects so peculiar
They were not to be believed
All around, things to tantalize my brain

It's a world unlike anything I've ever seen
And as hard as I try
I can't seem to describe
Like a most improbable dream

But you must believe when I tell you this
It's as real as my skull and it does exist
Here, let me show you

This is a thing called a present
The whole thing starts with a box

A box?
Is it steel?

Are there locks?

[Harlequin Demon;]
Is it filled with a pox?

[Devil, Werewolf and Harlequin Demon;]
A pox
How delightful, a pox

If you please
Just a box with bright-colored paper
And the whole thing's topped with a bow

A bow?
But why?
How ugly
What's in it?
What's in it?

That's the point of the thing, not to know

It's a bat
Will it bend?

[Creature Under the Stairs;]
It's a rat
Will it break?

[Undersea Gal;]
Perhaps it's the head that I found in the lake

Listen now, you don't understand
That's not the point of Christmas land

Now, pay attention
Now we pick up an oversized sock
And hang it like this on the wall

[Mr. Hyde;]
Oh, yes! Does it still have a foot?

[Medium Mr. Hyde;]
Let me see, let me look

[Small Mr. Hyde;]
Is it rotted and covered with gook?

Hmm, let me explain
There's no foot inside, but there's candy
Or sometimes it's filled with small toys

[Mummy and Winged Demon;]
Small toys

[Winged Demon;]
Do they bite?

Do they snap?

[Winged Demon;]
Or explode in a sack?

[Corpse Kid;]
Or perhaps they just spring out
And scare girls and boys

What a splendid idea
This Christmas sounds fun
Why, I'll fully endorse it
Let's try it at once

Everyone, please now, not so fast
There's something here that you don't quite grasp
Well, I may as well give them what they want

And the best, I must confess, I have saved for the last
For the ruler of the Christmas land
Is a fearsome king with a deep mighty voice
Least that's what I've come to understand

And I've also heard it told
That he's something to behold
Like a lobster, huge and red
And sets out to slay with his rain gear on
Carting bulging sacks with his great big arms
That is, so I've heard it said

And on a dark, cold night
Under full moonlight
He flies into a fog
Like a vulture in the sky
And they call him Sandy Claws

Well, at least they're excited
Though they don't understand
That special kind of feeling in Christmas land
Oh, well...

What's This?

From:  The Nightmare Before Christmas
Written by: Danny Elfman
Performed by: [Jack Skellington]

What's this? What's this?
There's color everywhere
What's this?
There's white things in the air
What's this?
I can't believe my eyes
I must be dreaming
Wake up, Jack, this isn't fair
What's this?

What's this? What's this?
There's something very wrong
What's this?
There are people singing songs

What's this?
The streets are lined with
Little creatures laughing
Everybody seems so happy
Have I possibly gone daffy?
What is this?
What's this?

There are children throwing snowballs here
Instead of throwing heads
They're busy building toys
And absolutely no one's dead

There's frost on every window
Oh, I can't believe my eyes
And in my bones I feel the warmth
That's coming from inside

Oh, look
What's this?
They're hanging the mistletoe, they kiss
Why that looks so unique, inspired
They're gathering around to hear a story
Roasting chesnuts on a fire
What's this?
What's this?

In here they've got a little tree, how queer
And who would ever think
And why?

They're covering it with tiny little things
They've got electric lights on strings
And there's a smile on everyone
So, now, correct me if I'm wrong
This looks like fun
This looks like fun
Oh, could it be I got my wish?
What's this?

Oh, my, what now?
The children are asleep
But look, there's nothing underneath
No ghouls, no witches here to scream and scare them
Or ensnare them, only cozy little things
Secure inside their dreamland
What's this?

The monsters are all missing
And the nightmares can't be found
And in their place there seems to be
Good feelings all around

Instead of screams, I swear
I can hear music in the air
The smell of cakes and pies
Is absolutely everywhere

The sights, the sounds
They're everywhere and all around
I've never felt so good before
This empty place inside of me is filling up
I simply cannot get enough

I want it, oh, I want it
Oh, I want it for my own
I've got to know
I've got to know
What is this place that I have found?
What is this?
Christmas Town, hmm...


From:  The Nightmare Before Christmas
Written by: Danny Elfman

La, la, la
Jack's OK, and he's back, OK

[Child Corpse and Chorus]
He's all right

[Mayor and Chorus]
Let's shout make a fuss
Scream it out, wheee

Jack is back now, everyone sing
In our town of Halloween

[Child Corpse]
What's this?

What's this?

[Harlequin Demon]
I haven't got a clue

[Mr. Hyde]
What's this?

Why, it's completely new

[Off-screen Voice]
What's this?

Must be a Christmas thing

[Off-screen Voice]
What's this?

It's really very strange

This is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

What's this?
What's this?


My dearest friend, if you don't mind
I'd like to sit by your side
Where we can gaze into the stars

[Sally and Jack]
And sit together, now and forever
For it is plain as anyone can see
We're simply meant to be

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