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"When the Going Gets Tough" is a song from the stage musical SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical (also called simply The SpongeBob Musical). It features Plankton and Karen trying to convince the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom that they have to leave due to the imminent danger of an erupting volcano while Spongebob tries to convince everybody to stay and fight for their home and Mr. Krabs doubts Plankton's true intentions.

Performers

Character Original Cast Broadway Television Special North American Tour
Sheldon J. Plankton Nick Blaemire Wesley Taylor Tristan McIntyre
Karen Plankton Stephanie Hsu Katie Lee Hill Caitlin Ort
SpongeBob SquarePants Ethan Slater Lorenzo Pugliese

Lyrics

[Give me some music, Karen!]

This task force is for losers
I've got the perfect plan
Right now the getting's good
So let's get out while we can

Look, lava's pretty hot
Let's give in to our fear
Disaster's on its way
That means we can't spend no more time in here

You all know who I am
Evil genius, giant brain
You can't stop a volcano
I mean are you all insane?
The ones who stay will all be vaporized without a doubt

Before that sucker blows
We gotta get the fish out
Fish out, fish out, fish out

Oh leggo
(Oh leggo)
And begone
(And begone)

Oh leggo
(Oh leggo)
And begone
(And begone)

Oh leggo
(Oh leggo)
And begone
(And begone)

Oh leggo
(Oh leggo)
And we gone
(And we gone)
 
'Cause when the going gets tough
(when the going gets tough)
That means it's time to get lost
(That means it's time to get lost)
When the going gets tough
(When the going gets tough)
That means it's time to get lost
(That means it's time to get lost)
So leggo, and begone
Let's be gone!

Hold on, Plankton
I am simply shocked
Bikini Bottom is our home
I can't believe you talk about
Just walking out, let's figure out
A way to stay, today, tomorrow
I feel sorrow, I feel fear
But I'm not leaving here
Who's with me?

The simple sponge is talking
Fascinating, do go on
The fry cook has a plan
Good luck with that 'cause I'll be gone
You don't just wait around
While you're under attack
No, you...
Run like crazy
Out the back
You got one day left, go home and pack!

Oh leggo
(Oh leggo)
And begone
(And begone)

Oh leggo
(Oh leggo)
And begone
(And begone)

Oh leggo
(Oh leggo)
And begone
(And begone)

Oh leggo
(Oh leggo)
And we gone
(And we gone)
 
'Cause when the going gets tough
(When the going gets tough)
That means it's time to get lost
(That means it's time to get lost)
When the going gets tough
(When the going gets tough)
That means it's time to get lost
(That means it's time to get lost)
So leggo, and begone
Let's be gone!
 
[Hold on! This is another one of your schemes! You've got something up your sleeve]
[I'm a one-celled organism. I don't even have sleeves!]
[Ohhhh!]

Oh leggo
(Oh leggo)
And begone
(And begone)

Oh leggo
(Oh leggo)
And begone
(And begone)

Oh leggo
(Oh leggo)
And begone
(And begone)

Oh leggo
(Oh leggo)
And we gone
(And we gone)
 
'Cause when the going gets tough
(When the going gets tough)
That means it's time to get lost
(That means it's time to get lost)
When the going gets tough
(When the going gets tough)
That means it's time to get lost
(That means it's time to get lost)
So leggo, and begone
Let's be gone!

This task force is for losers
I've  got the perfect plan
Right  now, the getting's good
So let's get out while we can!

Look, lava's pretty hot
Let's  give in to our fear
Disaster's  on its way
That means we can't spend no more time in here!

You  all know who I am
Evil genius, giant brain
You can't stop a volcano, I mean-
Are you all insane?

The  ones who stay will all be vaporized, without a doubt
Before that sucker blows, we gotta get the fish out!
Fish out, fish out, fish out

So let's go, and be gone
So let's go, and be gone
So, leggo, and be gone
So, leggo, and we gone!

Cause when the going gets tough
(When the going gets tough)
That means it's time to get lost
(That means it's time to get lost)
When the going gets tough
(When the going gets tough)
That means it's time to get lost
(That means it's time to get lost)
So leggo, and we gone, let's be gone!

Hold on, Plankton
I am simply shocked
Bikini Bottom is our home
I can't believe you talk about
Just walking out, let's figure out
A way to stay, today, tomorrow
I feel sorrow, I feel fear
But I'm not leaving here
Who's with me?

OH! The simple sponge is talking!
Fascinating! Do go on...
The frycook has a plan- good luck with that
Cause I'll be gone!
You don't just wait around when you're under attack, no
You-

Run like crazy, out the back!
You've got one day left
Better go home and pack!

Cause when the going gets tough
(When the going gets tough)
That means it's time to get lost
(That means it's time to get lost)
When the going gets tough
(When the going gets tough)
That means it's time to get lost
(That means it's time to get lost)
So leggo, and be gone, let's be gone!

[Hold on, tiny dancer! I wasn't hatched yesterday!]
[This sounds like another one of your schemes!]
[Wh-! At a time like this, how could you think such a thing?!]
[You've got something up your sleeve...]
[I'm a one-celled organism... I don't even have sleeves!]
[Ohhhh!]

[Watch this, Karen!]
[Break it down, now!]

Coming up as one of many
Mom and Dad had plenty more of me
And 20/20 vision? Never had it!
Had to be a devastating, conversating, luminous communicator
Hoping later every hater of this tiny, little, nerdy me would pay
You've never heard of me? Okay-
I'm a giant!
I don't give it up, I live it up!
Floating in the saline
Running from the balene
A celebrated single cell of ciliated, cerebellic genius!
Ha, ha, ha

Cause when the going gets tough
(When the going gets tough)
That means it's time to get lost
(That means it's time to get lost)
When the going gets tough
(When the going gets tough)
That means it's time to get lost
(That means it's time to get lost)

And be gone!
Let's be gone!
Let's be gone!
So leggo!

Other Appearances

  • The original cast version of the song was featured in the album SpongeBob SquarePants, The New Musical (Original Cast Recording).
  • The Broadway version was featured in the television special The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! 

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