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Context Edit

Now (It's Just The Gas) is a song from the stage version of Little Shop Of Horrors. It was not included in the film, as it was thought that it would make Seymour seem less innocent. The song takes place during Act 1 Scene 4, in which Seymour brings a gun into Orin's office, with the goal of killing Orin to feed to Audrey II. In the song, Seymour sets out to shoot Orin, but can't bring himself to fire the gun. Later, Orin emerges with a gas mask, which is slowly and uncontrollably filling with laughing gas, stuck on his head. He proceeds to beg Seymour to help him take off the mask. In the end, Seymour realizes that Orin will die if he (Seymour) remains passive, fulfilling his original goal while assuaging most of his guilt. Seymour does not help Orin out of his mask and, as a result, he (Orin) asphyxiates and dies.

Lyrics Edit

(2003 Broadway Version) Edit

Seymour Orin
Now!
Do it now!
While he's gassing himself
To a palpable stupor,
The timing's ideal and the moment is super
To ready and fire and blow the sick bastard away!
HAhahahahahahahahehehehehehehhyahyahayhayyahay
Now!
Do it now!
Just a flicker of pressure
Right here on the trigger
And Audrey won't have to put up with that pig for another day
Hahahahahahahahahaheyheyheyheyheyahayahayahay!
Now... for the girl!
Now... for the plant!
Now... yes, I will!
Hahahahahahahahahaheyheyheyheyheyahayahayahay!
But I can't
(Spoken) Oh boy, Seymour! I am flyin' now!
Oh the things we're gonna do to your mouth!
Well, I guess I've had about enough of this stuff.
I'll just take the mask off now and,
Hey Seymour, guess what?
(Spoken) What?
It's stuck.
What?
The mask, it's stuck.
I can't get it off.
Jesus Christ, I could asphyxiate in here.
Ah-hahahahahhahaha!
Hey Seymour, give me a hand, will ya?
Well...
Well?
He says well?
Seymour, I don't think you understand...
(Singing) Don't....
Be...
Fooled if I should giggle
Like a sappy, happy dope.
It's just the gas —
(He giggles.)
It's got me high —
But don't let that fact deceive you
Any moment I could die!
Tho' I giggle and I chortle
Bear in mind I'm not immortal
Why this whole thing strikes me funny
I don't know—
Hahahahaheheheheee
— 'Cause it really is a rotten way to go.
(Singing) What we have here is an ethical dilemma
'Less I help him get the mask removed
He doesn't have a prayer
True the gun was never fired,
But the way events transpired
I can finish him with simple
Laissez Faire.
What we have here is a tricky moral problem Now!
Do I help remove the mask or let him go Do it now!
For lack of air?
Couldn't shoot him when I tried, Help me now!
But the fates are on my side.
I can off the guy by staying in my chair! Now!
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaeeeeeeeyyyyyyyennnnnh!
Don't... be...
Fooled if I should chuckle
Like hyenas in a zoo,
It's just the gas—
(laughs weakly)
It turns me on.
But don't let my mirth deceive you,
Any moment I'll be gone!
All my vital signs are failing,
'Cause the oxide I'm inhaling
Makes it difficult as hell to catch my breath!
Are you dumb? Or hard of hearing?
Or relieved... my end is nearing?
Are you satisfied?
I... laughed... my... self... to...
(Spoken) Death?

(Demo Version)[1] Edit

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The Following Information is non-Canon. Demos and deleted songs are not considered canon to the Little Shop of Horrors musical, as they were not included in the final version of the musical, instead think of them as part of the history of making LSOH.

Seymour Orin
Now!
Do it now!
While he's gassing himself
To a palpable stupor,
The timing's ideal and the moment is super
To ready and fire and blow the sick bastard away!
HAhahahahahahahahehehehehehehhyahyahayhayyahay
Now!
Do it now!
Just a flicker of pressure
Right here on the trigger
And Audrey won't have to put up with this pig for another day
Hahahahahahahahahaheyheyheyheyheyahayahayahay!
Now... for the girl!
Now... for the plant!
Now... yes, I will!
But I can't
(Spoken) Oh boy, Seymour! I'm flyin' now!
Oh, we're gonna do your mouth! Oh, boy!
I guess I've had enough of this nitrous oxide.
I'll just take the mask off and,
Hey Seymour, guess what?
(Spoken) What?
It's stuck.
What?
The mask, it's stuck.
I can't get it off.
Jesus Christ, I could asphyxiate in here.
Seymour, give me a hand, will ya?
Well...
Well?
Well?
Seymour, I don't think you understand...
(Singing) Don't....
Be...
Fooled if I should giggle
Like a sappy, happy dope.
It's just the gas —
(He giggles.)
It's got me high —
But don't let that fact deceive you
Any moment I could die!
Tho' I giggle and I chortle
Bear in mind I'm not immortal
Why this whole thing strikes me funny
I don't know—
Hahahahaheheheheee
— 'Cause it really is a rotten way to go.
(Spoken) C'mon Seymour, help me out!
I was only kidding about the drill,
I wouldn't hurt a fly, please
Help me!
(Singing) Now!
Do it now!
Help me get this thing off,
C'mon, kid I'm waiting,
I'm strangling to death, see I'm asphyxiating
I'm choking, I'm croaking,
I need you to help me get free!
(Singing) I'd like to,
I ought to,
Now!
Help me now!
I'm a childhood asthmatic,
A terrible cougher,
I'm beggin' ya', 
Help me to get this thing off,
Or I'm gonna keel!
I really should...
Now!
But the girl!
Now!
But the plant!
Now!
Yes I will! Thank God, he will!
But I can't.
(Spoken) What?!
What we have here is an ethical dilemma
'Less I help him get the mask removed
He doesn't have a prayer
True the gun was never fired,
But the way events transpired
I can finish him with simple
Laissez Faire.
What we have is an ethical dilemma (Singing) Now!
'Less I help him get the mask removed Do it now!
He doesn't have a prayer
True the gun was never fired, Help me now!
But the way events transpired
I can finish him with simple Laissez Faire. Now!
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaeeeeeeeyyyyyyyennnnnh!
Don't... be...
Fooled if I should chuckle
Like hyenas in a zoo,
It's just the gas—
(laughs weakly)
It turns me on.
But don't let my mirth deceive you,
Any moment I'll be gone!
All my vital signs are failing,
'Cause the oxide I'm inhaling
Makes it difficult as hell to catch my breath!
Are you dumb? Or hard of hearing?
Or relieved... my end is nearing?
Are you satisfied?
I... laughed... my... self... to...
(Spoken) Death?

Recordings Edit

10 - Now It 39 s Just The Gas 1982 Original Cast c
The Original 1982 Off-Broadway Cast
12 - Now It 39 s Just The Gas converted
The 2003 Broadway Revival Cast

References Edit

  1. Now it's just the gas (Demo) Lyrics help...http://howardashman.com/FeedMe/discussion/1407/now-it-s-just-the-gas-demo-lyrics-help#latest

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