Rachel Tucker as Elphaba and Julian Forsyth as Doctor Dillamond in the London production.

Something Bad is a song with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and is featured in the musical, Wicked. It is sung by Doctor Dillamond with Elphaba. Dillamond declares that Animals are no longer permitted to perform in their professions. Elphaba goes on saying that if anything bad is really happening, they need to tell the wizard, that is why they have a wizard. During the song, Doctor Dillamond starts to lose his power of speech, saying baaad instead of bad.

It is the fifth song sung in Act I of the show and was featured on the original Broadway cast recording, sung by William Youmans and Idina Menzel.


DR. DILLAMOND: (spoken)

Oh Miss Elphaba, the things one hears these days!

Dreadful things.


I've heard of an Ox, a professor from Quox no longer permitted to teach

who has lost all powers of speech.

And an owly Munchkin lock

A vicar with a thriving flock, forbidden to preach

Now he only can screech!

Only rumors but still enough to give pause to anyone with paws,

Something bad, is happening in Oz


Something bad, happening in Oz?


Under the surface,

Behind the scenes,

Something Baaaaaaaad


Sorry, bad


Dr. Dillamond,

If something's bad is happening to the Animals,

Someone has to tell the Wizard,

That's why we have a Wizard.


So nothing bad.

DR. DILLAMOND: (spoken)

I hope you're right.

BOTH: (sung)

Nothing all that bad. DR DILLAMOND:

Nothing truly,



Sorry, bad.


It couldn't happen here,

In Oz...

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