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Album: Glee: The Music, Volume 7
Glee: The Music, The Complete Season Three
Released: December 6, 2011
By: The Jackson 5
Sung by: New Directions
Solos: Kurt, Mike, Quinn, and Tina
Place: 2011 Western Ohio Sectional Championship
Episode: Hold on to Sixteen

ABC by The Jackson 5 is featured in Hold on to Sixteen, the eighth episode of Season Three. It is sung by the New Directions, with solos from Kurt, Mike, Quinn, and Tina.

ABC is the first song in the New Directions' Sectionals setlist Jackson Medley, followed by Control and Man in the Mirror. During this performance, Mike Chang Sr. is seen entering the auditorium and watching his son perform. Mike can be seen on the stage feeling a mixture of surprise, overjoy, and anger when he sees his father watching in the audience. In the performance, as Kurt dances during one of his solos, he notices Sebastian and glares at him.

Lyrics

Tina:
A buh-buh buh buh-buh

New Directions:
A buh-buh buh buh-buh

Tina:
You went to school to learn, girl
Things you never, never knew before

Kurt:
Like I before E except after C

Tina:
And why two plus two makes four
Now, now, now I'm gonna teach you (New Directions: Teach you, teach you)
All about love, dear (New Directions: All about love)

Mike:
Sit yourself down and take a seat
All you gotta do is repeat after me

Tina with New Directions (Tina):
ABC, (easy as) one, two, three, (or simple as) do re mi
ABC, one, two, three, (baby, you and me girl) (New Directions: You and me)
(Quinn: Ohhhh) (New Directions: ABC) (easy as) one, two, three (or simple as) do re mi
ABC, one, two, three (baby, you and me girl) (New Directions: You and me)

Mike (with New Directions):
(Come on,) let me love you just a (little bit)

Tina (New Directions):
Come on, let me love you just a little bit (Come on, little bit)
(Teach, teach, sing it out) Come on, come on, come on
Let me show you what it's all about (Come on, all about)

Quinn:
Reading and writing arithmetic,
Are the branches of the learning tree

Mike:
But listen without the roots of love let me tell you, girl

Kurt:
Your education ain't complete

Tina:
T-t-t-teacher's gonna show you (New Directions: Show you, show you)
How to get an A (New Directions: Nah nah nah nah naah)

Mike (New Directions):
Spell me (me), you (you) (with New Directions: add the two)
Listen to me baby, that's all you gotta do

Tina with New Directions (Tina):
(Oh) ABC (is easy as) one, two, three (or simple as) do re mi
ABC, one, two, three (baby, you and me girl) (New Directions: You and me)

Tina (New Directions):
(Quinn:​ Ohhhh) (ABC) See, it's easy, it's like counting up to three (One, two, three)
Sing a simple melody (Do re mi, ABC)

Tina with New Directions:
That's how easy love can be
That's how easy love can be
(Tina: Sing a simple melody) (New Directions: That's how easy love can be)
One, two, three,
You and me!

New Directions:
Ah... yeah!

Kurt:
Sit down, girl!
I think I love you

Mike:
No, get up, girl!
Show me what you can do!

Tina with New Directions:
Shake it, shake it, baby (Mike: Come on now)
Shake it, shake it, baby (Kurt: Ooh-ooh)
Shake it, shake it, baby (Mike: Huh!)
One, two, three, baby (Kurt: Ooh-ooh)
ABC, baby (Mike: Nah nah!)
Do re mi, baby
That's how easy love can be

Tina (New Directions):
(Quinn:​ Ohhhh) (with New Directions: ABC) It's easy, it's like counting up to three (One, two, three)
Sing a simple melody (Do re mi, ABC)

Tina with New Directions:
That's how easy love can be

Mike:
(New Directions: Come on, little bit) Now I'm gonna teach you how to sing it out

Tina:
Come on, come on, come on let me show you what it's all about (New Directions: Come on, all about)

Tina (New Directions):
(Quinn: ​Ohhhh) (with New Directions: ABC) It's easy, it's like counting up to three (New Directions: One, two, three)
Sing a simple melody (New Directions: Do re mi, ABC)

Tina with New Directions:
That's how easy love can be

Mike:
(New Directions: Come on, little bit) Now I'm gonna teach you how to
Sing it out, sing it out (Tina: Oh, oh!)
Sing it out, sing it out, (New Directions: Come on, all about) sing it out (Tina: Oh, baby!)

Tina (New Directions):
(Quinn: Ohhhh) (with New Directions: ABC) It's easy, it's like counting up to three (One, two, three)
Sing a simple melody (Do re mi, ABC)

Tina with New Directions:
That's how easy love can be

Mike:
(New Directions: Come on, little bit) Now I'm gonna teach you how to
Sing it out, sing it out

Mike and Tina with New Directions:
Easy as one, two, three

Trivia

  • This is the first time out of two that Tina sings lead in a competition. The second time was Gangnam Style in Thanksgiving.
  • This is the first number in a competition that Rory takes part in.

Errors

  • The Troubletones can be seen standing up but after Sam does the body roll, Mercedes is sitting down and so is the person next to her. The next time the camera is on them, they are standing up again. 

Gallery

Videos

The Jackson 5 - ABC03:31

The Jackson 5 - ABC

GLEE - ABC (Full Performance) (Official Music Video)02:30

GLEE - ABC (Full Performance) (Official Music Video)

Glee - ABC02:34

Glee - ABC

Glee - ABC (Acapella)02:30

Glee - ABC (Acapella)

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