SNL Transcripts: Danny DeVito: 05/15/82: Sparks performs “Mickey Mouse”




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  Season 7: Episode 19








81s: Danny DeVito / Sparks

Sparks performs “Mickey Mouse”

…..Danny DeVito
…..Sparks

Danny DeVito: And now, it’s my pleasure to introduce Ronald Mael of Sparks, with a few words about his first song.

[ pan over to Ronald Mael ]

The mouse is a member of the Rodent Family, distingushed from the rat in that it is smaller in size. [ DeVito frowns ] It usually measures six inches in length — approximately 15 centimeters — and weighs one ounce, which is, of course, approximately 28 grams. [ DeVito looks around at the rest of the band ] The mouse is responsible for much of the world’s pestulence and destruction. [ counting on his fingers ] When the mouse is not scaring women, eating saltine crackers from cupboards, or ingesting HUGE amounts of saccharine in laboratory experiments, the mouse has been known to enter the world of entertainment. [ DeVito flicks his tongue ] One such mouse… was named “Mickey.”

[ dissolve to the band ]

Russell Mael: [ singing ]“Can you raise both your hands and clap ’em?
Can you say, “Sure, I’ll always try?”
Can you make friends among people and animals?

Basically, everything is easy
Give it a try, you’ll see I’m right
‘Cause if a mouse can be special, well so can you.

And my name is Mickey Mouse
To my right is Minnie Mouse
And we own a little place in Disneyland, California.

Let’s have a party and be happy
We can invite my closest friends
We can ask Donald Duck, Pluto, and all the gang.

And my name is Mickey Mouse
To my right is Minnie Mouse
And we own a little place in Disneyland, California.

Well, you should try to smile, dear
Get yourself a pet deer.”

[ close-ups of the band members singing each individual animal’s name, including Ronald Mael smiling maniacally at the camera ]

“Dog!
Cat!
Bird!
Pig!
Lamb!
Horse!
Cow!
Fox!
Wolf!
Snake!
Ox!
Fish!
A goldfish!
Mouse!”

[ having stood motionless at his keyboard until now, Ronald Mael approaches the center of the stage and begins to breakdance on the floor, then wipes the dust from his pants leg and returns to his keyboard ]

“And my name is Mickey Mouse
To my right is Minnie Mouse
And we overlook a place in Disneyland, California.”

[ Ronald Mael stares uncomfortably into the camera, as Russell dances behind him ]

“Did you raise both your hands and clap ’em?
Did you say, “Sure, I’ll always try”.
‘Cause you look hesitant, wary, or am I wrong?

You can go off and be a loner
Maybe you can’t believe a mouse.
And if you feel the need, come back
I’m here! For! You!
And you!
I’m here! For! You!
And you!

And my name is Mickey Mouse
To my right is Minnie Mouse
And we overlook a place in Disneyland, California.

And my name is Mickey Mouse
To my right is Minnie Mouse
And we overlook a place in Disneyland, California.

And my name is Mickey Mouse
To my right is Minnie Mouse
And we overlook a place in Disneyland, California!”

[ Russell wraps his arm around Ronald and smiles at the camera ] [ Ronald shrugs at the audience’s enthusastic response to their song ]

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