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21 Chump Street: The Musical Lyrics – Lin-Manuel Miranda

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21 Chump Street: The Musical is a short musical. It is based on a true story reported by Robbie Brown on This American Life. Most of the content is quoted verbatim from the interviews. However, additional music and words are provided by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

21 Chump Street: The Musical was performed live once at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. It was aired on June 20, 2014.

What the Heck I Gotta Do Lyrics – Lin-Manuel Miranda

[NARRATOR]
The plan was called Operation D-Minus. And one of the schools included in the plan was Park Vista Community High School, where a kid named Justin Laboy—

[JUSTIN]
That’s me

[NARRATOR]
—an 18-year-old honor roll student—

[JUSTIN]
I get straight A’s, man

[NARRATOR]
—was in the last semester of his senior year. Justin could hardly believe his luck when a very pretty girl showed up

[JUSTIN]
Naomi!

[NARRATOR]
In not one but two of his classes

[STUDENTS]
Naomi!

[NARRATOR]
She sat in front of him. He switched seats

[STUDENTS]
Naomi!

[NARRATOR]
The last name she used was—

[STUDENTS]
Rodriguez

[NARRATOR]
Justin, what drew you to Naomi initially?

[JUSTIN]
Man, she used to fall asleep in class
She was a light-skinneded Puerto Rican-Dominican—
Long hair, mature in the body like whoa

[STUDENTS]
Like, whoa

[JUSTIN]
That’s not the only reason I liked her, though
She said she moved with her mother to Florida from New York

[STUDENTS]
Where dreams are made

[JUSTIN]
Well, so did I. So I said, hi
She seemed mature, and I talked more

[STUDENTS]
More, more, more!

[JUSTIN]
And I was like, what the heck I gotta do to be with you?

[STUDENTS]
What the heck I gotta do?

[JUSTIN]
What the heck I gotta do to be with you?

[STUDENTS]
What the heck I gotta do?

[JUSTIN]
Who do I have to be for you to be with me?

[NARRATOR]
You told her all this in class?

[JUSTIN]
Yeah. Well, I texted her! Y’know, I was like, what the heck I gotta do to be with you?

[STUDENTS]
L-O-L-O-L-O-L!

[JUSTIN]
What the heck I gotta do to be with you?

[STUDENTS]
R-O-F-L-O-L!

[JUSTIN]
Who do I have to be for you to be with me?

[NAOMI]
Smiley face

[JUSTIN]
Yes! Next thing you know, we’re texting day and night. I trust her right away

[STUDENTS]
Like, whoa!

[JUSTIN]
Hey, yo. I never met anyone like her, bro. Yo, she listens to all my problems. I let her copy all my homework. And then I lay it all on the line. And she was like—

[STUDENTS]
No, no—

[JUSTIN]
No! She didn’t say no exactly. I don’t know

[STUDENTS]
No, no, no, no!

[JUSTIN]
Yeah, I was surprised. I’m a pretty great guy

[STUDENTS]
So? So?

[JUSTIN]
So, I decided I needed to step my game up

[STUDENTS]
Oh, oh, oh, oh

[JUSTIN]
It’s too late to be shy. And so I got in front of the whole class one day, and serenaded her. I was like, what the heck I gotta do to be with you?

[STUDENTS]
What the heck I gotta do?

[JUSTIN]
What the heck I gotta do to be with you?

[STUDENTS]
What the heck I gotta do?

[JUSTIN]
Who do I have to be for you to go to prom with me!

[NARRATOR]
You asked her to the prom?

[JUSTIN]
Yeah! I danced and everything

[STUDENTS]
Naomi!

[JUSTIN]
Naomi! I know there’s a reason you were transferred here to me

[STUDENTS]
Naomi!

[STUDENTS]
Naomi! I know there’s a reason this isn’t luck, it’s destiny

[STUDENTS]
Naomi!

[JUSTIN]
Naomi! You know me! Will you go to prom with me?

[NAOMI]
I’ll think about it

[STUDENTS]
She’ll think about it. She’ll think about it. She’ll think about it. She’ll think about

[JUSTIN]
She said she’d think about it

[STUDENTS]
She’ll think about it

[JUSTIN]
She’ll think about it

[STUDENTS]
Think about it

[JUSTIN]
She’ll think about it

[STUDENTS]
She’ll think about it. She’ll think about it

[JUSTIN]
Yes!

Watch Now the Music Video of the song What the Heck I Gotta Do by Lin-Manuel Miranda from the 21 Chump Street: The Musical

One School Lyrics – Lin-Manuel Miranda

[NAOMI]
I didn’t say yes. I didn’t say I’ll think about it. I can’t tell you my real name, but yes, I can confirm that I did get asked to the prom

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[NARRATOR]
The undercover officer who played Naomi is 25 years old, a new recruit at the Palm Beach Police Force

[NAOMI]
My assignment: to pose as a senior and find out who’s buying, who’s selling. Mostly pills and weed, you would not believe how easy it is to get pills and weed

[NARRATOR]
What’s the hardest part?

[NAOMI]
Pssh—the cafeteria. Imagine hundreds of teenagers yelling and running full speed. And the lack of deodorant. Let’s just say I would drink at the end of the day. Seriously, these kids need to learn there are consequences in life. If I’m doing my job and I’m doing it right, I am making life safer one school at a time

[NARRATOR]
So he asked you to prom?

[NAOMI]
Right. I gave every excuse. I said it’s too expensive, which is totally true, by the way. I told him, look, I’m just a transfer, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with all your friends. And it’s true you make friends on the job, then it ends. You meet kids who are sensitive, smart, and defenseless. Those are the ones you remember, the ones that you think about after you’re gone

Seriously, these kids need to learn there are consequences in life. If I’m doing my job and I’m doing it right, I am making life safer one school at a time

[NARRATOR]
Meanwhile—

[JUSTIN]
What the heck I gotta do to be with you?

[STUDENTS]
What the heck I gotta do?

[JUSTIN]
Tell me who I gotta be for you to be with me

[NAOMI]
Do you smoke?

[JUSTIN]
What?

[NAOMI]
Do you smoke weed?

[JUSTIN]
No, I don’t. But if that’s what you need, I can find some for you. I can be your supply

[NAOMI]
You would do that for me?

[JUSTIN]
I can be your guy. Oh, yes!

[NAOMI]
Seriously, these kids need to learn there are consequences in life

[JUSTIN]
I’ll get whatever you need!

[NAOMI]
If I’m doing my job and I’m doing it right, I am making life safer one school at a time

[NARRATOR]
What are you thinking as you’re trying to get this pot to sell her?

[JUSTIN]
I’m thinking, what the heck am I doing? Cause I don’t hang out with guys like that

[NARRATOR]
So what did you do?

Watch Now the Music Video of the song One School by Lin-Manuel Miranda from the 21 Chump Street: The Musical

Cousin Lyrics – Lin-Manuel Miranda

[JUSTIN]
I called a cousin who called a cousin who called a friend, who called a couple dozen cousins, cause it doesn’t end

[COUSIN]
My cousin Justin’s looking for a little something-something for a certain someone, some girl he wants to be touching

[STUDENTS]
Everybody’s got a cousin who can hook them up with something
Everybody’s got a cousin who can hook them up with something

[COUSIN 1]
We were just discussing our cousin Justin. Wasn’t Justin the cousin who just made the honor roll, got the colleges buzzin’?

[COUSIN 2]
Are we close to our cousin Justin? Are we supposed to trust him?

[COUSIN 1]
Are we thugs to our cousin Justin? We don’t sell drugs, man

[STUDENTS]
Everybody’s got a cousin who can hook them up with something
Everybody’s got a cousin who can hook them up with something

[NAOMI]
Did you get it yet?

[JUSTIN]
No, I’m about to get it

[NAOMI]
Is your dealer a student?

[JUSTIN]
I got you, girl. Don’t sweat it

[NAOMI]
Let me know when you got it

[JUSTIN]
As soon as I can

[NAOMI]
I’ll find a way to repay you, Justin

[JUSTIN]
Oh, man!

[COUSIN 1]
Yo, what is up with this fussin’? This isn’t up for discussion. This is our cousin coming to us. He’s our blood, and we love him

[COUSIN 2]
Ah, look at Justin. He blushing

[COUSIN 1]
Our little Justin is crushing

[COUSIN 2]
Sorry for rushing to judgement

[COUSINS]
Why should we get you these drugs?

[JUSTIN]
Love!

[COUSINS]
What?

[JUSTIN]
Only if you believe in love. Love!

[COUSINS]
Love! Love! Only if you believe in love

[COUSIN 1]
Get him the stuff

[JUSTIN]
I hand my cousin twenty-five ducats, I’m sweating buckets. He hands me a sandwich bag with some little green nuggets. I got it for you

[NAOMI]
X-O. Cool

[JUSTIN]
You want it now?

[NAOMI]
See you at school

[STUDENTS]
Everybody’s got a cousin who can hook them up with something
Everybody’s got a cousin who can hook them up with something
Everybody’s got a cousin who can hook them up with something
Everybody’s got a cousin who can hook them up with something

[JUSTIN]
Love!

[JUSTIN]
Only if you believe in love!

[STUDENTS]
Everybody’s got a cousin who can hook them up with something
Everybody’s got a cousin who can hook them up with something
Everybody’s got a cousin who can hook them up with something
Everybody’s got a cousin who can hook them up with something

Watch Now the Music Video of the song Cousin by Lin-Manuel Miranda from the 21 Chump Street: The Musical

The Money Lyrics – Lin-Manuel Miranda

[Narrator:]
The next day, Justin brought a rolled-up baggie of marijuana to school for Naomi

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[Justin:]
And I was like, oh my god, I’m actually gonna do this. So we was in class, and I sat down right next to her. And she was like…

[Naomi:]
Justin, do you have it?

[Justin:]
Yeah, I do. And I was like, you know what? We’re going to wait for a few. Because I didn’t want to be like, oh hey, and just slide it in her hand or whatever. So we waited

[Justin:]
And she was like…

[Naomi:]
Okay, put it in my purse

[Justin:]
So I slid it right in there. And then she was like…

[Naomi:]
Okay, here. Take the money. Justin, take the money

[Justin:]
I don’t want your money. I got this just for you. Keep your money. There’s nothing I won’t do for you. I’ll come through for you every time – just in time

[Naomi:]
Justin, listen
Please, just take the money

You’re making me feel guilty. Take the money

You really did come through for me

There’s only one last thing you need to do for me
Take the money
Take the money
Take the money

The teacher’s coming
Take this money, Justin

We aren’t done. Please take this money, Justin

Take the money

Take the money. Take this money, Justin.

[Justin:]
Naomi, I know there’s a reason you were transferred here to me
Naomi, I know there’s a reason. This isn’t luck, it’s destiny
Naomi
You know me
I will be there just in time
Every time
Anytime

I don’t want your money

I got this just for you

Keep your money

There’s nothing I won’t do for you. I’ll come through for you

Every time
Anytime
Just in time.

Watch Now the Music Video of the song The Money by Lin-Manuel Miranda from the 21 Chump Street: The Musical

Epilogue Lyrics – Lin-Manuel Miranda

[NARRATOR]
Justin would later find out it’s a felony in Florida to sell marijuana. And the penalty is even harsher for selling it on school property. In other words, Justin had made an irreversibly bad decision. And since he was over 18, he was legally an adult when he made it

[NAOMI]
Seriously, these kids need to learn there are consequences in life. I am doing my job. I am doing it right. I am making life safer one school at a time

[NARRATOR]
In May, the police arrested 31 students at several schools. Justin was one of them

[SIRENS]

[COP]
Freeze! You have the right to remain silent

[STUDENTS]
Everybody who sold drugs to undercover cops is busted
Everybody who sold drugs to undercover cops is busted
Everybody who sold drugs to undercover cops is busted
Everybody who sold drugs to undercover cops is busted

[NARRATOR]
He spent a week in jail wondering what would happen next

[STUDENTS]
It’s your word against hers. The cops have every text. The cops have every text. The cops have every text. “Don’t worry, girl. I got the stuff, I got you.”

[NARRATOR]
He knew he’d lose in court. He had to take a plea

[JUSTIN]
Three years’ probation. I plead guilty to the felony

[STUDENTS]
What? A felony? A nickel bag’s a felony? What? Justin, say goodbye to college, they got you

[NAOMI]
These kids need to wake up. I don’t want to go too much into it, but drugs hit really close to home for me. I saw the effects growing up of cocaine, and marijuana, and ecstasy

[NARRATOR]
With family members?

[NAOMI]
Yes. I’ve seen what it can do to a family. That’s all I want to say about it

[NARRATOR]
Do you wish someone like you had done this type of work?

[NAOMI]
Yes. And I hope someone like me keeps doing it. Still, there are kids you remember, the ones that you’ll think about after you’re gone

[NARRATOR]
During the week he spent in jail, Justin couldn’t help but think about Naomi

[JUSTIN]
She was a light-skinneded Puerto Rican-Dominican, long hair, mature in the body like whoa. That’s not the only reason I liked her, though. Yo, if it had been a guy that came up to me asking me for drugs, I would’ve been like, “No, get out of my face.” I don’t hang out with people like that. It’s cause it was her

[NARRATOR]
Have you talked to her since all of this happened?

[JUSTIN]
No. I would love to. I would love to have that conversation

[NARRATOR]
What do you think you would say?

[JUSTIN]
I would say, what the heck did you do? What the heck did you do? Naomi? What the heck did you do?

Watch Now the Music Video of the song Epilogue by Lin-Manuel Miranda from the 21 Chump Street: The Musical

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