USE YOUR HEAD
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Sung by Richard and his commanding officer, Frank Sorver, using synthesized voices.  When Richard reported for duty at Port Chicago, he told Sorver that he knew nothing about loading ammunition onto ships.  Apparently Sorver told him just to "use your head." 

USE YOUR HEAD, LYRICS

SORVER

(0:05) USE YOUR HEAD, RICHARD, USE YOUR HEAD.
DON’T DISTRESS RICHARD, THINK INSTEAD.


(0:18) STAND UP REAL TALL, RICHARD,

AND LOOK REAL TOUGH.
STICK OUT YOUR CHEST RICHARD.

THAT -- SHOULD -- BE -- E -- NOUGH.

RICHARD

(0:32) I’VE NEVER LOADED AMMUNITION,
AND I DON’T EVEN HAVE ANY AMMO INTUITION.

SORVER

(0:38) JUST MAKE SURE THEY STAY AWAKE,
AND DON’T LET ‘EM SMOKE FOR GOODNESS SAKE.

RICHARD

(0:44) FRANK YOU MAKE IT SOUND ALL SO EASY.
MY STOMACH’S CHURNING, I THINK I’M GETTING QUEASY.

SORVER

(0.57) BUT JUST MAKE SURE THAT YOU LOOK LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOIN’.

(1:04) I HAD NO TRAINING,
I JUST USE MY BRAIN.

 

RICHARD

(1:10) THERE WASN’T THIS STUFF,
WHEN I TRAINED AT DARTMOUTH.

SORVER

(1:17) THINK, OH THINK MAN THINK.
(1:20) THINK, OH THINK MAN THINK.

(Note: Lyrics need to be completed in this section of the piece.)

SORVER

(1:44) BUT JUST MAKE SURE THAT YOU LOOK LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOIN’.

RICHARD

(1:48) YOU MAKE IT SOUND LIKE NOTHIN’.

 

SORVER

(1:51) I HAD NO TRAINING,
I JUST USE MY BRAIN.

 

(interlude with, perhaps, some new lyrics)

SORVER

(2:03) USE YOUR HEAD, RICHARD, USE YOUR HEAD.
(2:11) DON’T DISTRESS RICHARD, THINK INSTEAD.


(2:17) STAND UP REAL TALL, RICHARD

(2:20) LOOK REAL TOUGH.
(2:23) USE YOUR HEAD, RICHARD.

(2:26) (slowly, this line only) THAT -- SHOULD -- BE -- E ...

(2:29) THAT -- SHOULD -- BE -- E -- NOUGH.

(2:33) THAT -- SHOULD -- BE -- E -- NOUGH !