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Somebody Has to Take the Blame is the ninth song of the musical, Freaky Friday, which it is performed by Katherine (in Ellie's body), Ellie (in Katherine's body), Dr. Ehrin, Señor O'Brien and Mrs. Luckenbill.

Lyrics

Katherine: (in Ellie's body, spoken)
I infantilize my daughter
I'm controlling, I'm a pill
I micro-micromanage
I'm all up in her grill

Ellie: (in Katherine's body)
It's called parenting

Katherine: (in Ellie's body)
I demand that she be prefect
All that pressure, all that fuss
I'm a parenting disaster
Don't you think so?
Let's discuss

Ellie: (in Katherine's body)
Forgive my darling mother and forget each thing she said
Put the blame where it belongs now
Squarely on my head
I'm reckless and I'm feckless
I go and get tattoos
I think it's called a tramp stamp
I can show you if you choose

Katherine: (in Ellie's body, spoken)
No no no no! At least she doesn't smoke like me! I smoke!

Ellie: (in Katherine's body)
My faults are much too numerous to name

Katherine: (in Ellie's body)
It's awful to admit, but that's the game

Ellie: (in Katherine's body)
Somebody has got to take

Katherine: (in Ellie's body)
Somebody has got to take

Both:
Somebody has got to take the blame!

Dr. Ehrin:
Aha!
It's a single-parent family
So you both are filled with rage

Señor O'Brien:
Her development arrested at the pre-preverbal stage

Dr. Ehrin:
Or it could be ADHD, ADD or STDs
I suggest that you try Ritalin and yoga and soy cheese

Katherine: (in Ellie's body, spoken)
Soy cheese?

Ellie: (in Katherine's body, spoken)
This is asinine.

Señor O'Brien:
She's functionally unpunctual, she's robbed us and she's rude

Katherine: (in Ellie's body)
Excuse me, es mi hija, so perder la attitude

Ms. Perkins:
She's intelligent

Katherine: (in Ellie's body, spoken)
Ya hear that?

Dr. Ehrin:
But unfocused, barely there

Señor O'Brien:
I think she smokes the ganja

Katherine: (in Ellie's body, spoken)
She does not!

Ellie: (in Katherine's body, spoken)
I don't?

Katherine: (in Ellie's body)
I swear!

Dr. Ehrin:
She's wasting her potential just the same

Katherine: (in Ellie's body)
It's not her fault if she's too bright to tame

All:
But somebody has got to take
Somebody has got to take
Somebody has got to take the—

Mrs. Luckenbill:
Enough with all the blaming and the shaming!
No, you hush
The armchair, analyzing and the psychobabble mush
I'm a teacher, I should reach her
So the failure here is mine
She's bright and she's articulate
Her heart and mind are fine
In all this finger-pointing, this crusade
No one thought to check her file
To see she struggled for a while
Since the seventh grade

Ellie: (in Katherine's body, spoken)
The year Dad passed away.

Katherine: (in Ellie's body, spoken)
Just say died
He died

Ellie: (in Katherine's body, spoken)
Oh, Honey, I've been thoughtless and for years
I never thought your anger stood for tears
It's clear to me I have to take the—

Katherine: (in Ellie's body)
Listen, do we have to do this now?
I'd rather not discuss it, anyhow
It's high school counselor BS all the same
'Cause nobody has got to take the blame

Ellie: (in Katherine's body, spoken)
Let's wrap this up
Dr. Aaron, I appreciate all the feedback
From now on, I'm going to be very good

Señor O'Brien:
But somebody has got to take the blame!

Mrs. Luckenbill: (spoken)
Oh, can it, Kevin!

v - e - d
Disney's Freaky Friday - 2003 Remake Logo
Media
Freaky Friday1995 remake2003 remake2018 remake
Characters
Original: Ellen AndrewsAnnabel AndrewsBill AndrewsMrs. SchmaussHarold JenningsVirginiaMr. DilkMr. JoffertCoach BetsyBoris HarrisMrs. MurphyBen AndrewsMiss McGuirkMrs. Lucille GibbonsMrs. BensonHilary MillerBambiJo-JoMr. MillsMr. Jackman

1995 remake: Dana BarbFrieda DebnyMr. SweetPrincipal HandelStan HornerLeanne FuttermanHerbieCaryBill DavidsonMrs. Tarr
2003 remake: Tess ColemanAnna ColemanRyanAllen ColemanJakeElton BatesMaddieHarry ColemanPegPei-PeiPei-Pei's momEvanDottie RobertsonStacey HinkhouseEthanScott
2018 remake: Ellie BlakeKatherine BlakeAdamMike HarperFletcher BlakeTorrey MinSavannahMonica YangKarl CarlsonKittyDanielleLuisMs. MeyersMr. BlumenPrincipal EhrinMrs. LuckenbillSenor O'BrienOfficer KowalksiMrs. Time

Songs
Films: I'd Like To Be You For a DayHappy Together

Musical: PrologueJust One DayThe HourglassI Got ThisOh, BiologyVowsBustedSomebody Has to Take the BlameWatch Your BackParents LieNot Myself TodayWomen and SandwichesBring My (Baby) Brother HomeGoAfter All of This and EverythingNo More FearThe Other HourglassToday and Ev'ry Day
2018 remake: What It's Like to Be MeThe SwitchFalse SwitchbackAt Last It's Me

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