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Lolly, Lolly, Lolly (Get Your Adverbs Here)

Bob Dorough
Schoolhouse Rock, 1973

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Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, get your adverbs here.
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Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, got some adverbs here.
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Come on down to Lolly’s, get the adverbs here you’re going to
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Need if you write or read, or even think about it.
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Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, get your adverbs here.
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Got a lot o’ lolly, jolly adverbs here.
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Anything you need, and we can make it absolutely clear.
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An adverb is a word (That’s all it is! And there’s a lot of them.) that modifies a verb.
(Sometimes a verb, and sometimes . . . )
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It modifies an adjective or else an–other adverb, And so you
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See that it’s positively, very, very necessary.

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Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, get your adverbs here.
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Father, son, and Lolly selling adverbs here.
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Got a lot of adverbs and we make it clear, so come to. . .

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|: Lolly, Lolly, Lolly. Lolly, Lolly, Lolly. :| ×7 The Lollys tell us all
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Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get your adverb! the first bar of line
2.

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Use it with an adjective, it says much more;
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Anything described can be de–scribed some more.
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Anything you’d ever need is in the store, and so you
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Choose very carefully ev’ry word you use.
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Use it with an verb, it tells us how you did;
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Where it happened, where you’re going, where you’ve been.
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Use it with another adverb;
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That’s the end and so even more.
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How, where, or when, condition or rea–son?
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These questions are an–swered when you use an adverb. “Come and get it!”

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Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, get your adverbs here.
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Quickly, quickly, quickly get those adverbs here
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Slowly, surely, really learn your adverbs here you’re going to
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Need ’em if you read ’em, if you write or talk or think about ’em.

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|: Lolly, Lolly, Lolly. Lolly, Lolly, Lolly. :| ×3 An announcer tells
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Lolly, Lolly, Lolly. Lolly, get your adverbs here! ments. . .

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“Lot’s of good tricks in Lolly’s, so come on down!” Lolly, Lolly,
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|: Lolly. Lolly, Lolly, :| ×5 More from the an-
C nouncer. . .
Lolly. “At your service!” Indubitably!

Narratives:
In which the Lollys explain adverb usage
Lolly, Sr.: “Hello, folks. This is Lolly, Sr. saying we have every adverb in the book,
so come on down and look.”
Lolly, Jr.: “Hello, folks. Lolly, Jr. here. Suppose your house needs painting; how
are you going to paint it? That’s where the adverb comes in. We can also give
you a special intensifier so you can paint it very neatly or rather sloppily.”
Little Lolly: “Hi! Suppose you’re going nut gathering; your buddy wants to know
‘where’ and ‘when.’ Use an adverb and tell him!”

In which an announcer explains -LY attachments


Announcer: “If it’s an adverb, we have it at Lolly’s! Bring along your old ad-
jectives, too, like ‘slow,’ ‘soft,’ and ‘sure.’ We’ll put ’em out with our ‘L-Y’
attachment and make perfectly good adverbs out of them.”

In which we learn more about adverb usage (and their cost)


Announcer: “Adverbs deal with manner, place, time! Condition, reason! Com-
parison, contrast! Enrich your language with adverbs!”

Lolly, Jr.: “Besides, they’re absolutely free!”

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