Mormon Observations on “The Book of Mormon” the Musical – Man Up

For a list of all the posts in this series, see here.

Background

After the execution in the village, Elder Price decides to abandon his mission in Africa and go to Orlando. Elder Cunningham offers to go with him, but Elder Price dumps him as a companion. Now alone, Elder Cunningham is encouraged to take control when Nabulungi comes to him wanting to learn about The Book of Mormon.

Full Lyrics – “Man Up”

Elder Cunningham: What did Jesus do when they sentanced him to die?
Did he try to run away? Did he just break down and cry?

No, Jesus dug down deep, knowing what he had to do –
When faced with his own death, Jesus knew that he had to…

Man up.
He had to man up.
So he crawled up on that cross, and he stuck it out.
And he manned up.
Christ, he manned up.
And taught us all what real manning up is about!

And now it’s up to me and it’s time to man up!
Jesus had his time to, now it’s mine to man up!

I’m taking the reins, I’m crossing the bear!
Just like Jesus, I’m growing a pair!
I’ve gotta stand up,
Can’t just clam up,
It’s time to man up!

‘Cuz there’s a time in your life when you know you’ve got to man up
Don’t let it pass you by; there’s just one time to man up

Watch me man up like nobody else!
I’m gonna man up all over myself!
I’ve got to get ready, it’s time t0, time t0!

What did Jesus do when they put nails in his hands?
Did he scream like a girl? Or did he take it like a man?
When someone had to die to save us from our sins
Jesus said, “I’ll do it!” and he took it on the chin!

He manned up!
He manned up
He took a bullet for me and you
That’s man up
Real man up
And now it’s my time to do it too

Time to be a hero and slay the monster!
Time to battle darkness; you’re not my father!
I’m gonna time to, just watch me go!
Time to stand up and steal the show!
Time to!  Mine to!
Time to!  Time to!  Time to!

Nabulungi: Sal Tlay Ka Siti, a place of hope and joy

Elder Cunningham: Man up!

Nabulungi: And if we want to go there, we just have to follow that white boy!

Elder Cunningham: Time to!

Elder Price: Heavenly Father, why do you let bad things happen?

Ugandans: Sal Tlay Ka Siti

Nabulungi: Did you get my text?

Elder Price: More to the point, why do you let bad things happen to me?

Ugandans: Sal Tlay Ka Siti! We got your text!

Elder Price: I’m sure you don’t think I’m a flake

Elder Cunningham: Man up!

Elder Price: Because you clearly made a mistake!

Elders: Turn it off!

Elder Price: I’m going where you need me most – Orlando

Elders: Orlando

Ugandans: We will listen to the fat white guy!

Elder Cunninham: My time to, time to,
Now it’s my time to,
Time to!

Ugandans: But hasa diga Eebowai!

Elder Cunningham: No time to, not time to, no, now it’s time to “time to”!

Ugandans: Huuh! 

Elder Cunningham: I’m in the lead for the very first time!

Ugandands: Time to!

Elder Price: I’m going where the sun always shines!

Ugandans: Shines to!

Elder Cunningham: I’ve got to stand up,
Get my flippin’ can up,
It’s time to,
Time to man up!

Gotswana: I have maggots in my scrotum!

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