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How Bad Can I Be? is a song sung by the Once-Ler in the 2012 animated film The Lorax.

It was performed by the Once-Ler's voice actor, Ed Helms, and a chorus.

LyricsEdit

How bad can I be?
I'm just doin' what comes naturally
How bad can I be?
I'm just followin' my destiny

How bad can I be?
I'm just doin' what comes naturally
How bad can I be?
How bad can I possibly be?

Well, there's a principle in nature
(Principle in nature)
That almost every creature knows
Called survival of the fittest
(Survival of the fittest)

And check it, this is how it goes:
The animal that wins gotta scratch and fight
And claw and bite and punch
And the animal that doesn't

Well, the animal that doesn't
Winds up someone else's La-la-la-la lunch
(Munch, munch, munch, munch, munch)
I'm just sayin'

How bad can I be?
I'm just doin' what comes naturally
How bad can I be?
I'm just followin' my destiny

How bad can I be?
I'm just doin' what comes naturally
How bad can I be?
How bad can I possibly be?
(Ahhh!)

There's a principle in business
(Principle in business)
That everybody knows is sound
It says the people with the money
(The people with the money)
Make this ever-loving world go 'round

So I'm biggering my company
I'm biggering my factory
I'm biggering my corporate sign
(Bigger, bigger, bigger, bigger, bigger)
Everybody out there, you take care of yours
And me? I'll take care of mine, mine, mine, mine, mine
(Shake that bottom line)

Let me hear you say Smogulous Smoke!
(Smogulous Smoke!)
Schloppity Schlopp!
(Schloppity Schlopp!)
Complain all you want
It's never ever, ever, ever gonna stop
(Stop!)

Come on! How bad can I possibly be?

How bad can I be?
I'm just building the economy
How bad can I be?
Just look at me petting this puppy

How bad can I be?
A portion of proceeds goes to charity
How bad can I be?
How bad could I possibly be? Let's see!

(How bad can I be?)
(Buy, sell, trade, squash)
All the customers are buying
(How bad can he be?) 
(Pork, fat, cut, smash) 
And the money is multiplying
(How bad can we be?) 
(Gold, yen, mark, pound)
And the PR people are lying
(How bad can I be?)
(Short, coal, oil, war)
And the lawyers are denying
(How bad can I be?)
Who cares if a few trees are dying
(How bad can we be?) 
(Pork, fat, cut, smash)
This is all so gratifying

How bad
How bad can this possibly be?

Other AppearancesEdit

  • The song was featured on the Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: Original Songs from the Motion Picture album.