The Tabroom Staff

by Frank Riccobono

It's nine AM on a Saturday
The regular crowd rushes in.
There's a wise man sitting next to me,
And he's trying to balance a schem.
He says, "Son, can you get me the host school rep?
I'm not really sure where he is,
But the rooms are all locked, and the judge lounge unstocked
And he needs to help out with all this.

La la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

Give us a schem, you're the tabroom staff
Give us a schem today
Well, we're all at this school for tournament
And we want it to start right away.

Now John is a policy interper
Who never had time for his coach
And he stands front and center, says, "I'm double-entered,
But please can you tell me my code."
I say, "Kid, I believe you're mistaken here."
As the smile ran away from his face
"Well, we see that you're not on the roster now
Are you sure that you're in the right place?"

Oh, la la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

Now Paul by the door is a friend of mine
Who gives us his changes on-time
And he’s ready to judge if you give him a nudge
And he’ll do any rounds we assign.
And our biggest school still hasn’t shown their face
And five smaller schools all had to drop
And we’re twelve judges down, two or three in each round
And there’s nobody else we can swap

Give us a schem, you're the tabroom staff
Give us a schem today
Well, we're all at this school for tournament
And we want it to start right away.

It’s a pretty rough start to the tournament
And the opening meeting’s delayed
'Cause each change that we get, means we cannot start yet
And we’ll be here awhile, I’m afraid.
And the freshman are practicing tongue twisters
As their team members warm up their cords.
Yes, they're building a feeling of unity
But all they’re thinking about are awards.

Oh, la la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

Give us a schem, you're the tabroom staff
Give us a schem today
Well, we're all at this school for tournament
And we want it to start right away.

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