SNL Transcripts: Robert Klein: 11/15/75: Loudon Wainwright III performs “Bicentennial”



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  Season 1: Episode 5



75e: Robert Klein / ABBA

Loudon Wainwright III performs “Bicentennial”

…..Robert Klein
…..Loudon Wainwright III

[ Robert Klein stands next to Loudon Wainwright III on the stage ]

Robert Klein: And, now, a song from my new friend – Loudon Wainwright.

[ the audience applauds as Klein rushes off the stage, and Wainwright begins his song ]

Loudon Wainwright III:
“Hey, we’re gonna have an anniversary
Yes, it’s gonna be a bicentennial
Hey, America’s having a birthday
Gonna be 200 years old
Isn’t it wonderful?
Oh, you know it certainly is.

Goodness, what a wonderful country
Wow, what a nifty history
Gee, it’s a powerful nation
And it’s been 200 years now
Isn’t it wonderful?
Oh, you know it certainly is.

Well, I relived my country’s history
In a class called Social Studies
And I learned the Pledge of Allegience
And I sing my natinal anthem:
“My country ’tis of thee.”

Yes, you know we have our heroes
I mean, Washington and Lincoln
And including Audie Murphy
And including old Jack Ruby
Wasn’t he wonderful?
Oh, you know, he certainly was.

So, let’s hear it for Ohio
And the rippling redwood forest
Or the Sawmill River Parkway
Oklahoma’s strange panhandle
Aren’t they all wonderful?
Oh, yeah, yeah yeah!

Yes, we’re gonna have an anniversary
Yes, it’s gonna be a bicentennial
Hey, America’s having a birthday
Gonna be 200 years old
Isn’t it wonderful?
Oh, you know it certainly, certainly is!”

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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King is directing his fourteenth season of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him nine Emmys and thirteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for thirteen DGA Awards and won in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Mr. King is also the creative director of Broadway Worldwide which brings theatrical events to theaters. The company has produced Smokey Joe’s Café; Putting It Together with Carol Burnett; Jekyll & Hyde; and Memphis, all directed by Mr. King. He completed the screen capture of Broadway's Romeo & Juliet in 2013. - LinkedIn

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