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A Quake! A Quake! is a song from Episode 70 of Animaniacs. The song was written about the 1994 Northridge earthquake that occured in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1994. The music was adapted by Randy Rogel from Robert Schumann's piano composition "The Happy Farmer" and the lyrics by Rogel. The version that appears on the album Yakko's World is substantially different from the television version with all references to California removed and some lines sung by Wakko, Dot, and Dr. Scratchansniff sung instead by Yakko.

Lyrics

Original version

Yakko:
This is the city: Los Angeles, California.
On a starlit winter's night,
When the moon was shining bright,
Back in January of 1994,
At 4:30 in the morning,
And without a single warning,
Something strange began to move the floor.
A quake, a quake,
The house begins to shake.
You're bouncing 'cross the floor
And watching all your dishes break.
You're sleeping, there's a quake,
You're instantly awake.
You're leaping out of bed and shouting...
Dr. Scratchansniff:
Oh, for heaven's sake!
Yakko:
I ran outside with neighbors,
Their faces filled with shock.
That's because I'm standing there
In nothing but my socks.
Oh, a quake, a quake...
Dot:
Say, it's all a big mistake!
Wakko:
Just feel the ground go up and down!
Yakko:
Won't someone hit the brake?
A quake, a quake,
Oh, what a mess they make!
The bricks, the walls,
The chimney falls,
Destruction in its wake!
Dr. Scratchansniff:
I did not have insurance,
So I called them from the scene
Und suddenly I'm listening to
An answering machine, saying...
Yakko:
Too late! Too late!
You shouldn't oughta wait!
So now you're stuck,
We wish you luck!
Here comes a six-point-eight!
Whose fault? Whose fault?
The San Andreas' fault,
'Cause Mister Richter
Can't predict her
Kicking our asphalt!
Seismologists all say
Tectonic plates are in between
An encroaching crustal mantle.
Wakko and Dot:
Yeah, so what the heck's that mean?
Yakko:
It means a quake, a quake!
Wakko and Dot:
Oh, really, yeah, no fake?
We kinda had that feeling
When the ground began to shake!
Yakko:
California's great!
It's such a lovely state!
'Cause every lawn
Is sitting on
A continental plate!
Los Angeles had fires
And a riot and a flood
And then a drought and a recession
And now we hear this thud
Of a quake, a quake!
The Warners:
How much more can we take?!
Dot:
We thought that we had seen it all...
Yakko:
But this one takes the cake!
The dirt...
Dot:
The rocks...
Wakko:
And all those aftershocks!
The Warners:
It's just the planet
Moving granite
Several city blocks!
(to the tune of London Bridge)
LA town is falling down
While the ground moves around!
We won't let it get us down,
We're Californians!
Yakko:
A quake...
Dot:
A quake...
Wakko:
It's time to pull up stake.
Yakko:
We're all fed up,
We can't deny it!
Dot:
Fires, quakes, and floods, and riot!
The Warners:
We want someplace with peace and quiet...
So we're moving to Beirut!

Album version

Yakko:
It's a quiet peaceful night,
The moon is shining bright,
Giving not a hint of what's in store.
A few hours before morning
Without a single warning,
Something strange begins to move the floor.
A quake, a quake,
The house begins to shake.
You're bouncing 'cross the floor
And watching all your dishes break.
You're sleeping, there's a quake,
You're instantly awake.
You're leaping out of bed
And shouting, "Oh, for heaven's sake!"
I ran outside with neighbors,
Their faces filled with shock.
That's because I'm standing there
In nothing but my socks.
Wakko and Dot:
Oops!
Yakko:
A quake, a quake!
This must be a mistake!
Just feel the ground
Go up and down!
Won't someone hit the break?
A quake, a quake,
Oh, what a mess they make!
The bricks, the walls,
The chimney falls,
Destruction in its wake!
I did not have insurance,
So I called them from the scene
And suddenly I'm listening to
An answering machine
Saying, "Too late! Too late!
You shouldn't oughta wait!
So now you're stuck,
We wish you luck!
Here comes a six-point-eight!"
Whose fault? Whose fault?
Blame it on the fault,
'Cause Mister Richter
Can't predict her
Kicking our asphalt!
Seismologists all say
Tectonic plates are in between
An encroaching crustal mantle.
Yeah, so what the heck's that mean?
It means a quake, a quake!
Wakko and Dot:
Oh, really, yeah, no fake?
We kinda had that feeling
When the ground began to shake!
Yakko:
And so, we wait,
Resign ourselves to fate,
Because our lawn
Is sitting on
A continental plate.
We shivered through a blizzard,
Went swimming in a flood,
Then we blew off a hurricane,
And now we hear a thud
Of a quake, a quake!
How much more can we take?!
We thought that we had seen it all
But this one takes the cake!
The dirt, the rocks,
Those crazy aftershocks!
It's just the planet
Moving granite
Several city blocks!
The Warners:
(to the tune of London Bridge)
Now the town is falling down
While the ground moves around!
We won't let it get us down,
Get beneath the doorframe!
Yakko:
A quake, a quake,
It's time to pull up stake.
Dot:
The worst is over!
Yakko and Wakko:
We don't buy it!
We're fed up,
We can't deny it!
We just want some peace and quiet!
The Warners:
So we're moving to Beirut!

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