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"Stick to the Status Quo" is the fifth song in from the film, High School Musical and on the movie soundtrack. It is performed by minor cast members and an ensemble group of students of East High.

The song is also featured on the Disney+ spin-off series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and its soundtrack.

Summary

This song is performed after Ms. Darbus (Alyson Reed) reveals that Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) are requested on the callbacks to the school musical alongside Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) and Ryan (Lucas Grabeel).

After Troy's singing passion is revealed, everyone in the school starts telling their secrets. Zeke (Chris Warren Jr.) loves to bake, Martha (Kaycee Stroh) loves hip-hop and a skater dude (Dutch Whitlock) plays the cello. Throughout the song, each group tells how the rebel should "stick to the status quo".

In the spin-off series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, the song is performed twice. First it can be heard in a rehearsal in the second episode of the first season, "The Read-Through". It is performed by the students cast in the school production of High School Musical.

The second time, the song is performed, in the "Opening Night" episode, by Seb Matthew-Smith (Joe Serafini) in the role of Sharpay Evans alongside the musical ensemble. In this version, there's also a main dance routine performed by Gina Porter (Sofia Wylie) in the role of Taylor McKessie. This second version also appears as part of the song "The Medley, The Mash-Up" on the soundtrack.

Lyrics

Zeke:
You can bet
There's nothin' but net
When I am in a zone and on a roll
But I've got a confession
My own secret obsession
And it's making me lose control

Jocks:
Everybody gather 'round

Zeke (spoken): Well if Troy can tell his secret than I can tell mine
I bake
Chad (spoken): What?
Zeke (spoken): I love to bake!
Strudels, scones, even apple pandowdy!

Jocks:
Not another sound

Zeke (spoken):
Someday I hope to make the perfect crème brûlée

Jocks:
No, no, no, no
No, no, no
Stick to the stuff you know
If you wanna be cool
Follow one simple rule
Don't mess with the flow, no, no
Stick to the status quo

Martha:
Look at me
And what do you see?
Intelligence beyond compare
But inside I am stirring
Something strange is occurring
It's a secret I need to share

Brainiacs:
Open up, dig way down deep

Martha (spoken): Hip hop is my passion!
I love to pop and lock and jam and break!
Brainiac (spoken): Is that even legal?

Brainiacs:
Not another peep

Martha (spoken):
It's just dancing
Sometimes I think it's cooler than homework

Brainiacs:
No, no, no, no
No, no, no
Stick to the stuff you know
It is better by far
To keep things as they are
Don't mess with the flow, no, no
Stick to the status quo

Skater Dude:
Listen well
I'm ready to tell
About a need that I cannot deny
Dude, there's no explanation
For this awesome sensation
But I'm ready to let it fly

Dudes & Dudettes:
Speak your mind and you'll be heard

Skater Dude (spoken): Alright, if Troy wants to be a singer then I'm coming clean!
I play the cello!
Dude 1 (spoken): Awesome! What is it? A saw!
Skater Dude (spoken): No, dude, it's like a giant violin!

Dudes & Dudettes:
Not another word

Dude 1 (spoken): Do you have to wear a costume?
Skater Dude (spoken): Coat and tie!

Dudes & Dudettes:
No, no, no, no
No, no, no
Stick to the stuff you know
If you wanna be cool
Follow one simple rule
Don't mess with the flow, no, no
Stick to the status quo

Jocks, Brainiacs, & Dudes/Dudettes:
No, no, no
Stick to the stuff you know
It is better by far
To keep things as they are
Don't mess with the flow, no, no
Stick to the status quo

Sharpay:
This is not what I want
This is not what planned
And I just gotta say, I do not understand

Something is really...
Ryan:Something's not right
Sharpay: Really wrong
Sharpay & Ryan:
And we gotta get things
Back where they belong
We can do it

Skater Dude: Gotta play
Dudes & Dudettes: Stick with what you know
Sharpay & Ryan: We can do it
Martha Cox: Hip hop hooray
Brainiacs: She has got to go
Sharpay & Ryan: We can do it
Zeke: Crème Brûlée
Jocks: Keep your voice down low

Jocks, Brainiacs & Dudes/Dudettes:
Not another peep
No, not another word
No, not another sound
No
Sharpay: Everybody quiet!

Gabriella (spoken): Why is everybody staring at you?
Taylor (spoken): Not me, you
Gabriella (spoken): Because of the callbacks?
I can't have people staring at me, I really can't

Jocks, Brainiacs & Dudes/Dudettes:
No, no, no, no
Sick to the stuff you know
If you want to be cool
Follow one simple rule
Don't mess with the flow, oh no
Stick to the status quo

No, no, no
Stick to the stuff you know
It is better by far
To keep things as they are
Don't mess with the flow, no, no
Stick to the status
Stick to the status
Stick to the status quo

Cast of the High School Musical production:
Not another peep
No, not another word
No, not another sound
No

No, no, no, no
Sick to the stuff you know
If you want to be cool
Follow one simple rule
Don't mess with the flow, oh no
Stick to the status quo

No, no, no
Stick to the stuff you know
It is better by far
To keep things as they are
Don't mess with the flow, oh, no
Don't you stick to the status
don't you stick to the status
Don't you stick to the status quo

Cast of the High School Musical production:
No, no, no, no
Sick to the stuff you know
If you want to be cool
Follow one simple rule
Don't mess with the flow, oh no
Stick to the status quo

No, no, no
Stick to the stuff you know
It is better by far
To keep things as they are
Don't mess with the flow, oh, no
Don't you stick to the status quo

Seb:
Everybody quiet!
This is not what I want
This is not what planned
And I just gotta say, I do not understand

Something is really...
Something's not right
Really wrong
And we gotta get things
Back where they belong

Cast of the High School Musical production:
Not another peep
No, not another word
No, not another sound
No

No, no, no, no
Sick to the stuff you know
If you want to be cool
Follow one simple rule
Don't mess with the flow, oh no
Stick to the status quo

No, no, no
Stick to the stuff you know
It is better by far
To keep things as they are
Don't mess with the flow, oh, no
Don't you stick to the status
don't you stick to the status
Don't you stick to the status quo

Videos

v - e - d
High School Musical Logo
Media
Films: High School MusicalHigh School Musical 2High School Musical 3: Senior YearSharpay's Fabulous AdventureHigh School Musical 4

TV Series: High School Musical: Get in the PictureHigh School Musical: The Musical: The Series
Video games:Work This Out!Sing It!Sing It! 3Senior Year DanceSing ItDisney Sing It: Pop HitsDisney Sing It: Party HitsDisney Sing It: Family Hits
Music: High School Musical (Soundtrack)High School Musical 2 (soundtrack)High School Musical 3: Senior Year (soundtrack)Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure (soundtrack)High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (soundtrack)High School Musical: The ConcertHigh School Musical Hits RemixedHigh School Musical 2: Non-Stop Dance PartyHigh School Musical: Be MineHigh School Musical: The Collection

Characters
HSM: Troy BoltonGabriella MontezSharpay EvansRyan EvansChad DanforthTaylor McKessieKelsi NielsenZeke BaylorJason CrossMartha CoxMs. DarbusJack BoltonMrs. Montez

HSM2: Thomas FultonLucille BoltonVance EvansDarby EvansBoiThe Sharpettes
HSM3: Tiara GoldJimmy ZaraDonnie DionCharlie DanforthMrs. DanforthPrincipal Matsui
SFA: Peyton LeverettRoger EllistonTiffani DestinAmber Lee AdamsGill SammsNeal RobertsBerry TaylorMr. GonzalesMrs. Gonzalez

Locations
East High SchoolBolton HouseholdMountain Ski ResortLava SpringsStanford University
Songs
HSM: Start of Something NewGet'cha Head in the GameWhat I've Been Looking For + (Reprise) • Stick to the Status QuoWhen There Was Me and YouBop to the TopBreaking FreeWe're All in This TogetherI Can't Take My Eyes Off of You

HSM2: What Time Is It?FabulousWork This OutYou Are The Music in Me + (Reprise) • Humuhumunukunukuapua'aI Don't DanceGotta Go My Own WayBet On ItEverydayAll for One
HSM3: Now or NeverRight Here, Right NowI Want It AllCan I Have This DanceA Night to RememberJust Wanna Be with YouThe Boys are BackWalk AwayScreamSenior Year Spring MusicalHigh School MusicalJust Getting Started
SFA: Gonna ShineMy Boi and Me + (My Girl and Me) • Walking on SunshineBabyNew York's Best Kept SecretThe Rest of My Life
HSMTMTS: I Think I Kinda, You KnowWonderingA Billion SorrysAll I WantBorn to Be BraveTruth, Justice and Songs in Our KeyOut of the OldRole of a LifetimeJust for a MomentThe Medley, The Mash-Up

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