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"You Can't Stop The Beat" is the finale of Hairspray Live!

Background[]

The song began with Tracy (Maddie Baillio) and Link (Garrett Clayton) dueting, with Penny (Ariana Grande) and Seaweed (Ephraim Sykes) joining in soon after and making for a "spot-on lovebirds jam session."

Once Tracy booted out Amber (Dove Cameron) as the newly crowned Miss Teenage Hairspray, the whole gang joined in, making for the "perfect ending of an overall applause-worthy show."

Trivia[]

  • The cast performed the song at the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.[1]
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Ariana Grande You Can't Stop The Beat Hairspray Live! Official HD

Lyrics[]

[TRACY]
You can't stop an avalanche as it races down the hill
You can try to stop the seasons, girl, but you know you never will
And you can try to stop my dancing feet, but I just cannot stand still!

'Cause the world keeps spinnin' round and round
And my heart's keepin' time to the speed of the sound
I was lost 'til I heard the drums, then I found my way

[TRACY / LINK]
'Cause you can't stop the beat
Ever since this whole world began
A woman found out if she shook it she could shake up a man
So now I'm gonna shake and shimmy it the best that I can today

'Cause you can't stop the motion of the ocean or the sun in the sky
You can wonder if you wanna, but I never ask why
And if you try to hold me down I'm gonna spit in your eye and say
That you can't stop the beat!

[TRACY]
So whaddya say, Penny?

[PENNY]
I am now a checkerboard chick!

You can't stop the river as it rushes to the sea
You can try to stop the hands of time, but you know it just can't be
And if they try to stop us, Seaweed, I'll call the N-double A-C - P

Cause the world keeps spinnin' round and round

[SEAWEED]
Round and round

[PENNY]
And my heart's keepin' time to the speed of sound

[SEAWEED]
Speed of sound

[PENNY]
I was lost 'til I heard the drums, and I found my way

[PENNY / SEAWEED]
Cause you can't stop the beat!
Ever since we first saw the light
A man and woman like to shake it on a Saturday night
So I'm gonna shake and shimmy it with all of my might today

Cause you can't stop the motion of the ocean or the rain from above
You can try to stop the paradise we're dreamin' of
But you cannot stop the rhythm of two hearts in love to stay
Cause you can't stop the beat!

[EDNA]
Tracy, I got a little something I'd like to add, if you don't mind!

You can't stop my happiness, cause I like the way I am
And you just can't stop my knife and fork when I see a Christmas ham!
And if you don't like the way I look, well, I just don't give a damn!

[EDNA & ENSEMBLE]
'Cause the world keeps spinnin' round and round
And my heart's keepin' time to the speed of sound
I was lost 'til I heard the drums, then I found my way
'Cause you can't stop the beat

Ever since this whole world began
A woman found out if she shook it she could shake up a man
So I'm gonna shake and shimmy it the best that I can today!

'Cause you can't stop the motion of the ocean or the sun in the sky
You can wonder if you wanna, but I never ask why
And if you try to hold me down, I'm gonna spit in your eye and say
That you can't stop the beat!

[EDNA, spoken]
Wilbur, be a dear. Call for backup now!

[WILBUR]
Backup!

[MOTORMOUTH]
Step aside, Miss Buttercup! It's time to wrap this mother up!

Oh, oh, oh
You can't stop today (no!)
As it comes speeding 'round the track (Oooh, yes child!)
Yesterday is history (be gone!)
And it's never comin' back! (Look ahead, cause...)
Tomorrow is a brand new day, and it don't know white from black (yeah!)

'Cause the world keeps spinnin' round and round
And my heart's keepin' time to the speed of sound
I was lost till I heard the drums, then I found my way
'Cause you can't stop the beat!

Ever since we first saw the light
A man and woman like to shake it on a Saturday night
So I'm gonna shake and shimmy it with all of my might today!

Cause you can't stop the motion of the ocean or the rain from above
They can try to stop the paradise we're dreamin' of
But you cannot stop the rhythm of two hearts in love to stay
You can't stop the beat!

[ENSEMBLE]
Aah, aah, aah
Ahh, ahh, ahh
Ahh, ahh, ahh ahh
Come on, you Von Tussles, go on, shake your fanny muscles!

[VELMA / AMBER]
We can't!

[ENSEMBLE]
Yes, you can!

[VELMA / AMBER]
No, we can't!

[ENSEMBLE]
Yes, you can!

[VELMA / AMBER]
Yes, we can!

[ENSEMBLE]
Hallelujah, halle- you can't stop the beat!

[VELMA / AMBER]
Ever since we first saw the sun
It seems Von Tussle girls are always tryin' to please someone
But now we're gonna shake and shimmy it and have some fun today!

[FULL CAST]
Cause you can't stop the motion of the ocean or the rain from above
You can try to stop the paradise we're dreamin' of
But you cannot stop the rhythm of two hearts in love to stay!
Cause you can't stop the beat!

You can't stop the beat!
You can't stop the beat!
You can't stop the beat!

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Hairspray Live!
December 2, 2016 • 1:03:36 • Masterworks Broadway
Songs
Released Big, Blonde and Beautiful • Come So Far (Got So Far To Go)Cooties • Good Morning Baltimore • I Can Hear The Bells • I Know Where I've Been • It Takes Two • (It's) Hairspray • Ladie's Choice • Mama, I'm A Big Girl Now • Run and Tell That • (The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs • The Nicest Kids In Town • Velma's Revenge • Welcome to the 60's • Without LoveYou Can't Stop The Beat • You're Timeless To Me
Artists Andrea MartinAriana Grande • Derek Hough • Dove Cameron • Ephraim Sykes • Garrett Clayton • Harvey Fierstein • Jennifer HudsonKristin ChenowethMaddie Baillio • Martin Short • Sean Hayes • Shahadi Wright
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