Newsies Original Broadway Cast - Watch What Happens Lyrics




[Katherine:]
"Write what you know"
So they say, all I know is I don't know what to write
Or the right way to write it
This is big, lady, don't screw it up
This is not some little vaudeville I'm reviewing

Poor little kids versus rich greedy sour pusses
Ha! It's a cinch!
It could practically write itself
And let's pray it does, cause as I may have mentioned
I have no clue what I'm doing

Am I insane? This is what I've been waiting for
Well that, plus the screaming of ten angry editors
A girl? It's a girl! How the hell? Is that even legal?
Look, just go and get her!

Not only that, there's a story behind the story
Thousands of children, exploited, invisible
Speak up, take a stand, and there's someone to write about it
That's how things get better

Give life's little guys some ink, and when it dries just watch what happens
Those kids will live and breathe right on the page
And once they're center stage, you watch what happens
And who's there with her camera and her pen
As boys turn into men
They'll storm the gates and then just watch what happens when they do

[Squeal]

Picture a handsome, heroically charismatic
Plain spoken, know nothing, skirt-chasing, cocky little son of a
Lie down with dogs and you wake up with a raise and a promotion

So, he's a flirt
A complete ego maniac
The fact is he's also the face of the strike
What a face
Face the facts, that's a face that could save us all from sinking in the ocean

Like someone said, "Power tends to corrupt"
And absolute power, wait! Wait, corrupts!?
Absolutely, that is genius!
But give me some time, I'll be twice as good as that six months from never

Just look around at the world we're inheriting
And think of the one we'll create
Their mistake is they got old, that is not a mistake we'll be making
No sir, we'll stay young forever!

Give those kids and me the brand new century and watch what happens
It's David and Goliath, do or die
The fight is on and I can't watch what happens

But all I know is nothing happens if you just give in
It can't be any worse than how it's been
And it just so happens that we just might win
So whatever happens! Let's begin!





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Newsies Original Broadway Cast Watch What Happens Comments
  1. risi pieces

    me: is in grade ten, and does nothing useful other than plan d&d games i might never play
    her: is in grade ten, does This

  2. Cherry Blossom

    She is a great singer and actoress one of my favorite performances of this song good job on this! ♥️😊

  3. Kate Sheardown

    She’s FIFTEEN how is that possible

  4. Elise Eng

    1:19 is me every day

  5. Greta Brown

    This is incredible. I hope I’m half this good at her age. Girl, you are doing amazing things with your voice. Major props!!!

  6. Nicole Jordan

    wow! shes incredible!

  7. Lulu Johnson

    (Katherine)
    let’s go
    newsies stop the world
    a little hyperbole never hurt anyone
    with all eyes fixed on the trolley strike
    theres another battle brewing in the city
    and if i could just write about it
    oh come on katherine these boys are counting on you
    oh poor boys
    Write what you know
    So they say, all I know is I don't know what to write
    Or the right way to write it
    This is big, lady, don't screw it up
    This is not some little vaudeville I'm reviewing
    Poor little kids versus rich greedy sour pusses
    Ha, It's a cinch
    It could practically write itself
    And let's pray it does, cause as I may have mentioned
    I have no clue what I'm doing
    Am I insane? This is what I've been waiting for
    Well that, plus the screaming of ten angry editors
    A girl? It's a girl, how the hell? Is that even legal?
    Look, just go and get her
    Not only that, there's a story behind the story:
    Thousands of children, exploited, invisible
    Speak up, take a stand, and there's someone to write about it
    That's how things get better
    Give life's little guys some ink, and when it dries just watch what happens
    Those kids will live and breathe right on the page
    And once they're center stage, you watch what happens
    And who's there with her camera and her pen
    As boys turn into men
    They'll storm the gates and then just watch what happens when they do
    Picture a handsome, heroically charismatic
    Plain spoken, know nothing, skirt-chasing, cocky little son of a-
    Lie down with dogs and you wake up with a raise and a promotion
    So, he's a flirt
    A complete ego maniac
    The fact is he's also the face of the strike
    What a face
    Face the facts, that's a face that could save us all from sinking in the ocean
    Like someone said, "Power tends to corrupt"
    And absolute power, wait, wait, corrupts?
    Absolutely, that is genius
    But give me some time, I'll be twice as good as that six months from never
    Just look around at the world we're inheriting
    And think of the one we'll create
    Their mistake is they got old, that is not a mistake we'll be making
    No sir, we'll stay young forever
    Give those kids and me the brand new century and watch what happens
    It's David and Goliath, do or die
    The fight is on and I can't watch what happens
    But all I know is nothing happens if you just give in
    It can't be any worse than how it's been
    And it just so happens that we just might win
    So whatever happens, let's begin

  8. Carli Christenson

    I love the emotions she's giving while she sings this song. Her facial expressions are on point. The "oh you poor boys" put a smile on my face! The way she delivers the lines such as "let's pray it does" impresses me- you can tell that this actress knows what she's doing when it comes to Cathrine's role. Her excitement as she talks about herself being there when they make front page is evident, and she's so cute when she gives that little happy laugh. I hope this actress goes on to do more productions in her life. I'd love to see what she does next and where she goes from here. She could be really successful one day!

  9. Katie Talberg

    SHE IS PERFECTION😍 def used this video as inspiration for when I played Katherine. Just uploaded a video of me singing this song if you want to check it out!!

  10. Katherine TerBerg

    Wow, she is fantastic!

  11. Micah Elliott

    I'm sorry, but WHO ON EARTH IS THIS??? She is INCREDIBLE!!!

    The King's Academy, WPB, FL

    Thanks, Micah. She's Olivia Cornett and she was only a sophomore when she appeared in Newsies. Stay tuned for more stellar performances to come!

  12. Elle

    i got to join our school’s advanced english program and rn we’re doing journalism i swear i cant write shit so the “write what you know but i dont know” i relate so much to

  13. Alexis Silva

    "Write what you know"
    So they say, all I know is I don't know what to write
    Or the right way to write it
    This is big, lady, don't screw it up
    This is not some little vaudeville I'm reviewing
    Poor little kids versus rich greedy sour pusses
    Ha, It's a cinch
    It could practically write itself
    And let's pray it does, cause as I may have mentioned
    I have no clue what I'm doing
    Am I insane? This is what I've been waiting for
    Well that, plus the screaming of ten angry editors
    A girl? It's a girl, how the hell? Is that even legal?
    Look, just go and get her
    Not only that, there's a story behind the story:
    Thousands of children, exploited, invisible
    Speak up, take a stand, and there's someone to write about it
    That's how things get better
    Give life's little guys some ink, and when it dries just watch what happens
    Those kids will live and breathe right on the page
    And once they're center stage, you watch what happens
    And who's there with her camera and her pen
    As boys turn into men
    They'll storm the gates and then just watch what happens when they do
    Picture a handsome, heroically charismatic
    Plain spoken, know nothing, skirt-chasing, cocky little son of a-
    Lie down with dogs and you wake up with a raise and a promotion
    So, he's a flirt
    A complete ego maniac
    The fact is he's also the face of the strike
    What a face
    Face the facts, that's a face that could save us all from sinking in the ocean
    Like someone said, "Power tends to corrupt"
    And absolute power, wait, wait, corrupts?
    Absolutely, that is genius
    But give me some time, I'll be twice as good as that six months from never
    Just look around at the world we're inheriting
    And think of the one we'll create
    Their mistake is they got old, that is not a mistake we'll be making
    No sir, we'll stay young forever
    Give those kids and me the brand new century and watch what happens
    It's David and Goliath, do or die
    The fight is on and I can't watch what happens
    But all I know is nothing happens if you just give in
    It can't be any worse than how it's been
    And it just so happens that we just might win
    So whatever happens, let's begin

  14. Senia Antigua

    Any ideas for an audition cut of this song?

    KLC 28

    Senia Antigua first verse last chorus:

    Write what you know so they say all I know is I don’t know what to write or the right way to write it this is big lady don’t screw this is not some little vaudeville I’m reviewing
    Poor little kids versus rich greedy sour pusses ha it’s a cinch it could practically write itself and let’s pray it does cuz as I may have mentioned I have no clue what I’m doing
    Give those kids and me the brand new century and watch what happens. It’s David and Goliath do or die the fight is on and I can’t watch what happens. All I know is nothing happens if you just give in it can’t be any worse than how it’s been and it just so happens that we just might win so whatever happens let’s begin

    Of course you could cut some out

  15. Isabel gisb

    Anyone else love the way she sings the word "happens"
    Oh, and her entire performance?

  16. Hubur Galula

    I wish there was a conservatory of arts academy in my country as well. I'm crying

  17. Jonathan Bias

    Easily the best part about this show

  18. emily brogan

    Her face at 0:59 though lol

  19. Miranda Jorgens

    This is beautiful!! Her choices were so good and true to Katherine’s character!

  20. ʙᴀɪʟᴇʏ ʜᴜᴅsᴏɴ

    Next year my school is doing newsies, I think my best friend will get Catherine, who ironically is also named Olivia lmao

  21. icy-macaw

    She’s honestly so amazing??
    She captures Katherine so perfectly, her voice is so beautiful, uGH SHE’S SO GOOD

  22. rememberthisbruh

    This is the best adaptation yet!

  23. Addie d

    Omg her voice is amazing

  24. Cassandra DeWitt

    She must go to broadway! She is amazing!!!

  25. Halieraven

    Oh my gosh she is amazing

  26. Octavia Meadows

    Omg, she's such an incredible actress! She captures Katherine's character amazingly well! Her voice is lovely too!

  27. oof nyla

    she’s so good wow!!

  28. Eva Maloon

    She preformed this amazing

  29. Emily Ander-CALL ME SON ONE MORE TIME

    She is so talented! I love her enthusiasm!

    K P3

    I agree and your pfp is my computer background at school XD

  30. Sewit Haile

    no way she's gr 10

  31. james smith

    She could go do this role on Broadway right now. She is fantastic!! Wow

  32. Alanna Sincere

    She is so talented

  33. happinesstappy

    wow, she's so good!

  34. Natalya Bartelt

    Literally chills. This is SO SO SO GOOD. Like WOW.

  35. Tyler B

    WOW A QUEEN

    - C A M D E N - P O P A D I C -

    Tyler B she reminds me of Mrs Morgan from our small town of Grover’s corner

  36. Laura Denadai

    She preformed this beautifully this is one of my favorite songs ahh😄

  37. jimmy z

    Wow. Her voice

  38. FirstName LastName

    Oops I meant to watch tka newsies but instead I watched a broadway show.. happens all the time 🤦‍♀️

    jimmy z

    Yeah it like redirects me too

    FirstName LastName

    jimmy z what’s that mean

    Lily Mata

    Meaning that she would rather watch this than the broadway version

    Totalk Acount

    it means it goes directly into this Broadway vid 😜