Nickleback – Not Leavin’ Yet

Chad Kroeger of Nickleback for the image of Not Leavin' Yet for the music video script written by Rico Lamoureux of The Flash Fiction Ponder.

Not Leavin’ Yet

 

Music Video Concept/Script

By

Rico Lamoureux

 

Song

By

Nickelback

 

All Rights Reserved

 

 

FADE IN:

EXT. MOUNTAINS OF MEXICO – DAY

AS GUITAR STARTS SONG a small plane pouring smoke goes down in a mountainous area. Charging through trees, it finally comes to a stop.

DISSOLVE TO:

Chad, blackened and clothes torn, pulls himself from the wreckage…

LYRICS

Come lie next to me

Jesus Christ

… And looks at the totaled plane, realizing how lucky he is.

LYRICS

Holes in hand

where a cross used to fit just right

DISSOLVE TO:

Walking a dirt path Chad spots a little old house in the distance.

LYRICS

The meeting called

The topic: a lady’s fate

DISSOLVE TO:

Approaching the house, Chad makes a friendly gesture to an old Mexican woman on the porch who’s holding a bucket of water.

As soon as she sees him the bucket immediately falls from her hands as she rushes over to him, falling at his feet as if he were a god.

Looking up at Chad, she’s hysterical. Clinching the crucifix around her neck while continuously bowing at his feet.

Looking up at him again, she kisses the back of her crucifix as tears run down her face.

LYRICS

You don’t have to remind me

I won’t be late

It’s now that Chad realizes she’s mistaking him for Jesus Christ. Repeatedly shaking his head NO he tries his best to let her know he is not who she thinks he is as he stands her to her feet, but it’s to no avail.

LYRICS

But please excuse me

I’m sorry I just can’t wait

Two young kids run out of the humble home to praise as well, their fragile and shaking grandfather doing his best to follow as his wife guides their visitor towards the porch. (All the while Chad trying to convey to them despite the language barrier that he is not their Savior.)

LYRICS

And don’t use grandfather as the bait

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. BEDROOM – CONTINUOUS

The elderly couple and their two grandkids guide Chad from a hall into a bedroom where a newborn baby is asleep in a homemade basket.

LYRICS

Down the hall the baby boy just born

Hardly able to hold the bowl of water in his hand the grandfather passes it to Chad so he can baptize the child.

LYRICS

Rosary around a crown of thorns

Chad once again trying to open his mouth to explain, but realizing it’s useless he reluctantly takes the bowl of water, makes the sign of the cross and sprinkles some of it over the baby’s head.

The old man is overjoyed.

LYRICS

Please excuse me

But I’m sorry I just can’t wait

And don’t use grandfather as the bait

But such a feeling instantly turns to great sorrow as he takes Chad’s hand and guides them towards a bed in the shadows.

LYRICS

Can’t you see the lady’s not ready

Hands and feet are bound and unsteady

Lying there near-death the newborn’s mother tries to reach out to the miracle that stands before her.

Chad looks back to her pleading father, the picture of Jesus Christ above the daughter’s bed, and then once again back to her.

He bends down by the bed and takes her hand into his.

LYRICS

In the hall the family’s grieving

I’m the one who stays

I’m not leavin’ yet

I’m not leavin’ yet

No…

DISSOLVE TO:

DURING INSTRUMENTAL SECTION:

  1. Chad keeps the ill woman’s fever down with a wet rag.
  2. He treks back to his plane, finds the first aid kit with antibiotics inside and heads back.
  3. He gives the ill woman some pills.
  4. Keeps her fever down.

DISSOLVE TO:

Chad chopping wood.

LYRICS

I’m not leavin’ yet

DISSOLVE TO:

The ill woman sitting up in bed eating soup.

LYRICS

I’m not leavin’ yet

DISSOLVE TO:

Chad fixes the roof of the old house.

LYRICS

I’m not leavin’ yet

DISSOLVE TO:

Now doing much better, Chad helps the recovering woman walk into the family room.

The children of their mother and the grandparents so grateful for the ‘miracle’.

LYRICS

Can’t you see the lady’s not ready

Hands and feet are bound and unsteady

DISSOLVE TO:

The old woman pumps water from a well into a bucket.

We tilt up as the bucket is lifted by…

LYRICS

In the hall the family’s grieving

Chad, who has it tied to a pole and balanced with another bucket of water on the opposite side.

LYRICS

I’m the one who stays

DISSOLVE TO:

Chad digs…

LYRICS

Can’t you see the lady’s not ready

Hands and feet are bound and unsteady

In the hall the family’s grieving

DISSOLVE TO:

… Lays down bamboo piping.

DISSOLVE TO:

… And installs a homemade faucet in the kitchen.

He turns it on and a second later water starts to flow.

Everyone is ecstatic.

LYRICS

I’m the one who stays

I’m not leavin’ yet

Chad looks at them with a sense of peace he’s never felt before.

LYRICS

I’m not leavin’ yet

The kids run and hug him, their mother and grandparents joining in too.

LYRICS

No…No

We crane up and out on the little old house.

LYRICS

No…No

No…No…

FADE OUT:

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