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Stick to the Status Quo is the fifth song in High School Musical and on the movie soundtrack.

High School Musical

Stick to the Status Quo is the consequence of Troy altering the fabric of East High by auditioning for the school musical. Due to Triston’s social clout, several of his peers are inspired to publicly embrace their own secret passions. Zeke, a member of the basketball team, reveals that he loves baking, Martha, a "brainiac", reveals that she loves to dance, and an unnamed skater reveals that he plays the cello. Each of these revelations are met with anger by most of the students, who are uncomfortable with the fact that the norms are being disrupted. Triston is absent throughout the entire scene.

Sharpay and Ryan are among those who are upset with the changes at East High, presumably due to the fact that Triston and Gabriella are challenging them for the leads in the play. For that reason, it is in their best interests to "get things back where they belong." At the end of the song Gabriella slipped on a spilled milk carton on the floor and then one of her meals goes flying in the air and lands on Sharpay's shirt.




Character's Singing Role For This Song

Zeke - lead vocals

Jocks - backing vocals and dancers

Martha - lead vocals 

Sharpay - lead vocals

Ryan - lead vocals

Chad - backing vocals

Brainiacs - backing vocals and dancers

Students - backing vocals and dancers

Lyrics

Zeke:
You can bet
There's nothin' but net
When I am in a zone and on a roll
But I've got a confession
My own secret obsession
And it's making me lose control

Jocks:
Everybody gather 'round.

Zeke:
Well if Troy can tell his secret than I can tell mine... I bake.

Chad:
What?

Zeke:
I love to bake! Strudels, scones, even apple pandowdy.

Jocks:
Not another sound.

Zeke:
Someday I hope to make the perfect crème brûlée.

Jocks:
No, no, no, nooooooooooo (No, no, no)
Stick to the stuff you know
If you wanna be cool
Follow one simple rule
Don't mess with the flow, no no
Stick to the status quo

Martha Cox:
Look at me
And what do you see
Intelligence beyond compare
But inside I am stirring
Something strange is occurring
It's a secret I need to share

Brainiacs:
Open up, dig way down deep

Martha:
Hip hop is my passion! I love to pop and lock and jam and break!

Kratnoff:
Is that even legal?

Brainiacs:
Not another peep

Martha:
It's just dancing. Sometimes I think it's cooler than homework.

Brainiacs:
No, no, no, noooooooooo (No, no, no)
Stick to the stuff you know
It is better by far
To keep things as they are
Don't mess with the flow, no no
Stick to the status quo

Ripper:
Listen well
I'm ready to tell
About a need that I cannot deny
Dude, there's no explanation
For this awesome sensation
But I'm ready to let it fly

Skaters:
Speak your mind and you'll be heard

Ripper:
Alright, if Troy wants to be a singer then I'm coming clean! I play the cello!

Mongo:
Awesome!
What is it?
A saw?!

Ripper:
No, dude, it's like a giant violin!

Skaters:
Not another word!

Mongo:
Do you have to wear a costume?

Ripper:
Coat and tie!

Skaters:
No, no, no, nooooooooooo (No, no, no)
Stick to the stuff you know
If you wanna be cool
Follow one simple rule
Don't mess with the flow, no no
Stick to the status quoooooooo

Jocks, Brainiacs, & Skaters:
No, no, no, no
Stick to the stuff you know
It is better by far
To keep things as they are
Don't mess with the flow, no no
Stick to the status quo

Sharpay:
This is not what I want.
This is not what I planned.
And I just gotta say, I do not understand.
Something is really...

Ryan:
Something's not right

Sharpay:
Really wrong

Sharpay & Ryan:
And we gotta get things
Back where they belong
We can do it

Ripper:
Gotta play

Skaters:
Stick with what you know

Sharpay & Ryan:
We can do it

Martha Cox:
Hip hop hooray

Brainiacs:
She has got to go

Sharpay & Ryan:
We can do it

Zeke:
Crème Brûlée

Jocks:
Keep your voice down low

Jocks, Brainiacs & Skaters:
Not another peep
No, not another word
No, not another sound
No

Sharpay:
Everybody QUIET!

Gabriella:
Why is everybody staring at you?

Taylor:
Not me, you.

Gabriella:
Because of the callbacks? I can't have people staring at me. I really can't.

Jocks, Brainiacs, Skaters:
Noooooooooooooo (No, no, no)
Stick to the stuff you know
If you want to be cool
Follow one simple rule
Don't mess with the flow, oh no
Stick to the status quooooooooooooo

No, no, no, no
Stick to the stuff you know
It is better by far
To keep things as they are
Don't mess with the flow, no no
Stick to the status
Stick to the status
Stick to the status quo

Appearances

Gallery

Trivia

  • Dutch Whitlock, who played "I play the cello guy" was arrested for robbing a pizzeria.
  • The High School Musical franchise did not plan for Martha to be a recurring character in the sequels, but she was met with such a great reception in Status Quo that they were left with no choice.
  • Julia Lester has referred to this song as the "essential High School Musical song."
Songs:
Start of Something New - Get'cha Head in the Game -
What I've Been Looking For - What I've Been Looking For (Reprise) - Cellular Fusion -
Stick to the Status Quo - Counting On You - When There Was Me and You - Start of Something New (Reprise) -
Bop to the Top - Breaking Free - We're All In This Together - I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You
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