Preppy Guest house musician Julian Velard parodies Pharrell Williams' Happy to be about people, places and things associated with the preppy lifestyle.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

You're listening to ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR and WNYC. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and with me is our special puzzle guru, the voice of Welcome To Night Vale, Cecil Baldwin.

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EISENBERG: And our next game is called Preppy. And here to play it are Emily Walker and Nicholas Morello.

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EISENBERG: What lunch table did you sit at when you were in high school?

NICHOLAS MORELLO: I would say more studious. I went to an all-male Jesuit high school so we didn't have as many cliques or have to worry about, you know, girls and all that stuff.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Didn't have to worry about girls.

MORELLO: So we just - we were a little bit more focused, a little more studious and just sat with friends. It wasn't too cliquey.

EISENBERG: Yeah, sounds like Canada.

MORELLO: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Emily, how about you?

EMILY WALKER: Oh, I was definitely a theater nerd, like...

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah.

WALKER: ...Through and through.

EISENBERG: Well, you are going to love this next game 'cause it's a musical game. And we are delighted to have back as our guest house musician Julian Velard.

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EISENBERG: All right, what are we doing?

JULIAN VELARD, BYLINE: So we've rewritten the Pharrell Williams song "Happy" to be about people, places and things associated with the preppy lifestyle. You have to tell me what I'm singing about, and the winner will move on to our final round at the end of the show. And we've actually got a little bit of audience participation in this song.

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VELARD: You know, instead of, (singing) because I'm happy-

I need you guys to go, (singing) because I'm preppy.

Can you do it with me?

(Singing) Because I'm preppy.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) Because I'm preppy.

VELARD: Right, but don't do it yet. I'll let you know when you do it.

(LAUGHTER)

VELARD: All right? OK, here we go.

(Singing) It might seem crazy - I got into Yale. But I chose this school on the Ivy trail. It's in lovely New Jersey. It was all-male. Pushing back, orange and black, Tigers will prevail.

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EISENBERG: Nick.

MORELLO: Princeton.

EISENBERG: Princeton is exactly correct.

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VELARD: You guys ready?

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: Yeah.

VELARD: (Singing) Because I'm preppy.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) Preppy.

VELARD: Nice. OK, here we go.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) Because I'm preppy.

VELARD: (Singing) Stroke along if you feel like your arms are feeling swell.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) Because I'm preppy.

VELARD: (Singing) Stroke along if you're seated properly in the shell.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) Because I'm preppy.

VELARD: (Singing) Stroke along if the coxswain orders it with a yell.

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UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) Because I'm preppy.

VELARD: (Singing) Stroke along. That's the way to make this here boat propel.

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EISENBERG: Nick.

MORELLO: Crew.

EISENBERG: Crew is correct. Rowing or crew, that is right.

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VELARD: (Singing) Hey, man, nice suit. Strike a classic pose. Every guy on "Mad Men" wore these clothes. Their base in Manhattan everyone knows. Many presidents went with these pros.

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EISENBERG: Emily.

WALKER: Brooks Brothers?

EISENBERG: Yes.

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EISENBERG: Yeah. It's just the coolest Brooks Brothers has ever sounded, so...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...You got confused, right?

WALKER: Obviously.

EISENBERG: Yeah, but you were right.

VELARD: (Singing) Because I'm...

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) Because I'm preppy.

VELARD: (Singing) Try 'em on if you feel like a leather shoe to wear.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) Because I'm preppy.

VELARD: (Singing) Try them on. Got no laces, slide your feet in with care.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) Because I'm preppy.

VELARD: (Singing) Try 'em on. Michael Jackson wore 'em with lots of flair.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) Because I'm preppy.

VELARD: (Singing) Try 'em on, add a cent if there ain't no tassels there.

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EISENBERG: Emily.

WALKER: Loafers.

EISENBERG: Correct.

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EISENBERG: I love a loafer.

VELARD: (Singing) Stick it up. I always stick it, stick it up, my polo shirt neck. Stick it up. I always stick it - stick it up, I said.

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EISENBERG: Nick.

MORELLO: Collar?

EISENBERG: Yeah, I think - right, puzzle guru?

CECIL BALDWIN, BYLINE: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Popped collar?

BALDWIN: Yeah, popped collar.

EISENBERG: Popped collar? Collar? Yeah.

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EISENBERG: We're going with that. Did you ever do that?

(LAUGHTER)

MORELLO: We had a dress code. That was out of dress code so we couldn't do that.

BALDWIN: The Jesuits don't pop their collars.

MORELLO: They do not.

EISENBERG: No.

VELARD: (Singing) Because I'm...

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) I'm preppy.

VELARD: (Singing) Cook along if you feel like from some fresh homemade cuisine.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) Because I'm preppy.

VELARD: Craft along if you feel like I'm the domestic queen.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) Because I'm preppy.

VELARD: (Singing) Cook along when I went to jail, I was off your screen.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Singing) Because I'm preppy.

VELARD: (Singing) Craft along. It's a good thing. So says my magazine.

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EISENBERG: Emily.

WALKER: Paula Deen.

EISENBERG: Oh...

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: Oh...

WALKER: No. No, it's the - oh, it's the other.

EISENBERG: Sorry.

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MORELLO: Martha Stewart.

EISENBERG: Nick stole that one with Martha Stewart.

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EISENBERG: The other one that did something bad.

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EISENBERG: (Laughter) All right. Cecil Baldwin, how did our contestants do?

BALDWIN: They both did great. But Nick, well done, we're going to see you in the final round.

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