On the Roof (Op Het Dak)

Grover

Stop singing! Look, there is Pete! Pete, with another sack! What a surprise!

Ernie

(sing) What a surprise!

Sinterklaas

(sings along) Ooh la la la.

Bert

Quiet, Ernie, quiet. Welcome back to our room, Dear Holy Man.

Grover

Dear Holy Man? Where? I thought he was Saint Nicholas.

Bert

You can call him Dear Holy Man too. Right, Dear Holy Man?

Ernie

Or just Sinterklaas. Keeheehee.

Pete

Saint, we really have to be going. We have a lot more to do.

Grover

You can leave that sack here, Mr Pete. Just leave that sack here.

Bert

Grover.

Grover

Yes, Bert? What’s the matter?

Bert

You can’t say that.

Grover

Leave it here. The sack can stay here.

Ernie

Can I ask you something, Sinterklaas? They always say that you ride your white horse…

Bert

The “gray”…

Ernie

… over the rooftops. But…

Bert

Right… but, Sinterklaas…

Ernie

Let ME ask a question…

Bert

We want to sing a beautiful song for you. Fairly beautifully, Saint Nicholas. Dear Holy Man. Uhmmm…

Pete

Oh.

Grover

What are we going to sing?

Bert

Let’s see, what are we going to sing. You have to sing too, Ernie. Let’s sing something.

Ernie

But I only got a pencil.

Bert

That doesn’t matter. You could still sing.

Grover

I got a ball.

Ernie

But I wanted to know… how’s that possible? Riding a horse on the rooftops?

Sinterklaas

Uhm…

Grover

I do not know that either.

Bert

You can’t ask that, Ernie…

Does Sinterklaas Know Much? (Weet Sinterklaas Veel)

Ernie

I just want to ask Sinterklaas a question. That’s allowed, right?

Sinterklaas

What did you want to ask, Ernie? Just ask.

Ernie

Well… Do you know much?

Sinterklaas

Uhm… No, Ernie. My memory is a sieve. I forget everything instantly.

Bert

But you know a lot about the children, right, Sinterklaas? The children in the Netherlands. You know a lot about them.

Grover

And about me?

Sinterklaas

Not much. Children think I know a lot about them, but I don’t. I know more about their parents.

Ernie

Can I ask another question? I was wondering, are you allowed to put a box by the fireplace instead of your shoes? Because a shoe can’t hold too much. A box would be handier.

Sinterklaas

No. You’re allowed to do it, but I prefer putting things in a shoe to putting them into a box. I prefer shoes.

Ernie

And can I ask… why don’t you know anything about children?

Sinterklaas

Well, I know more about parents. When parents have been naughty, I know that. I can hear all that. But I don’t know much about children. I’m a friend to children. I only remember nice things about the children.

Bert

But Ernie can be naughty…

Ernie

Oh, yeah, and you ate that chocolate pigeon all by yourself!

Bert

Quiet, Ernie! Quiet!

Sinterklaas

What’s the matter with that chocolate pigeon?

Ernie

Well, Bert had the chocolate pigeon…

Bert

… No!

Ernie

… and it was there for both of us, and he…

Bert

Shared it fairly. Right, Ernie?

Ernie

Fairly fairly.

Sinterklaas

Did Bert eat it alone?

Grover

Oooohh!

Ernie

Keeheehee.

Bert

Well, Sinterklaas…

Sinterklaas

Be honest.

Bert

I… I hadn’t read the note yet. I had finished the pigeon, and then I read the note, about having to share it. I couldn’t help it.

Sinterklaas

If you are friends, you have to share everything fairly. Even if you can’t read that on a note.

Ernie

Do you share everything with Pete, Sinterklaas?

Sinterklaas

Not quite.

Pete

No. I wouldn’t say that.

Sinterklaas

If I would share everything, the kids wouldn’t get anything. I do give the Petes as much as possible. But there must be something left for the children.

Sing About Fun Things (Zingen Van Leuke Dingen)

Sinterklaas

Good, what shall we do? Pete, shall we go? Shall we take that sack along, Pete, or…? What shall we do?

Grover

Let’s sing something else! Let’s sing something!

Bert

Yes, yes, yes! What shall we sing about?

Ernie

Bert, we’re going to sing about fun things!

Grover

Oh, that is good. There are probably a lot of fun things in that sack, like chocolate letters or Christmas candy or electric trains…

Bert

And maybe a real pigeon loft…

Ernie

Let’s sing about fun things

About rain, the sun and the moon

Bert

About pigeons and skating and jumping rope

About apples and pears and bananas

Ernie

About you and me, and a little dance

About coats and purses and tomatos

Bert

About cookies and booklets, a wasp and a bee

Ernie

Listen how well that goes…

Bert

There’s a bell on my bike

You can’t see in the dark

But then you’re comfy in bed

Ernie

And when I’m sad

You won’t hear me

Because I’ll be playing my bugle

Bert

Curtains and chairs

Ernie

Or playing sjoel

Bert

Or reading, that’s what I like

Ernie

But wash your hands first

Bert

And brush your teeth

Ernie

And there’s a rabbit walking outside

Ernie

Let’s sing about fun things

About rain, the sun and the moon

Bert

About pigeons and skating and jumping rope

About apples and pears and bananas

Ernie

About you and me, and a little dance

About coats and purses and tomatos

Bert

About cookies and booklets, a wasp and a bee

Ernie

Listen how well that goes…

A ball and a box and a chicken and a cat

Bert

A vase, a cauliflower and a hat

Ernie

A tear in your pants and a jar of apple sauce

Bert

And a tissue in case you have to cry

Ernie

A bang

Bert

And a ball

Ernie

A balloon

Bert

And a barrel

Ernie

And a big blister on your foot

Bert

A boat sailing at sea

Ernie

Now you sing along

Bert

Because now you know how it goes

Ernie

Let’s sing about fun things

About rain, the sun and the moon

Bert

About pigeons and skating and jumping rope

About apples and pears and bananas

Ernie

About you and me, and a little dance

About coats and purses and tomatos

Bert

About cookies and booklets, a wasp and a bee

Ernie

Listen how well that goes!

Goodbye Sinterklaas (Sint En Piet Op Bezoek)

Sinterklaas

(applauds) Wonderful. Fantastic. Marvelous. Enormous.

Pete

(applauds) Pico bello. Now we have to go.

Ernie

But it’s not over yet. There are many more fun things to sing about. A flower and a cookie, and…

Sinterklaas

But listen.

Bert

And Grover didn’t sing along.

Ernie

You did, huh, kids at home?

Grover

No, but I was looking inside the sack while you were singing.

Bert

Grover!

Grover

What’s the matter, Bert? There’s a lot of…

Ernie

Quiet, Grover.

Sinterklaas

Bert and Ernie and Grover… We have to be going, because there’s many more children waiting for us.

Pete

And that sack…

Bert

The sack can stay here, right?

Ernie

Keeheehee.

Grover

I know what is in there.

Ernie

Sssshhh.

Sinterklaas

That sack is full of surprises for you. Especially for you. You were very happy with a few small things, so that’s why… who knows what kind of surprises are waiting inside this sack for you! Come on, Pete.

Ernie

Hooray!

Pete

But read the poems first. And now we have to go.

Sinterklaas

Yes, let’s leave. Goodbye.

Grover

Bye, Sinterklaas!

Ernie

Bye, Sinterklaas!

Grover

Let’s see what’s inside that sack!

Ernie

Sinterklaas looked a little bit like Uncle Rudolph.

Grover

The presents! THE PRESENTS!

Ernie

But let’s unwrap these presents now!

(While Bert, Ernie and Grover fuss over the presents, the canon music starts again. The album ends with the three of them singing “Saint and Pete visit us” once more.)

by Jogchem Jalink

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