On their way to Oz, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and Dorothy all join hands and skip together while singing ‘We’re Off to See The Wizard’. They enter a thick forest which immediately spooks and frightens Dorothy, so she says, “I don’t like this forest. It’s dark and creepy. Do you suppose we’ll meet any wild animals?” Worried that they will be attacked, the Tin Woodsman predicts the dark forest will be filled mostly with lions and tigers and bears. The scarecrow points out, “it’s probably going to get darker before it gets lighter.” The tin man is somewhat calm in proclaiming some of the wild animals they may see because the heart knows it is safe and that love conquers all fear, so the light will dispel the darkness. However, we cannot change what we do not acknowledge.
As they march along the twisting road, fearfully repeating the phrase “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”, which rapidly gains speed, a ferocious-looking Cowardly Lion with a matted mane and two tiny ears bounds into their path with a strange roar, “Rrowrrrr!” Both the Tin Man and the Scarecrow back away and are cowering on the ground. Then, the lion stands on two feet and challenges them with his two paws, and his brave elongated words.
Lion: Put ‘em up, put ‘em uuuuuup! Which one of you first? I’ll fight ya both together if you want. I’ll fight ya with one paw tied behind my back. I’ll fight ya standin’ on one foot. I’ll fight ya with my eyes closed. (To the Tin Woodsman) Oh, pulling an axe on me, hey? (To the Scarecrow) Sneakin’ up on me, hey? Why, gnong-gnong!
Tin Man: Here, here. Go away and let us alone!
Lion: Oh, scared, huh? Afraid, huh? (To the Tin Woodsman) How long can you stay fresh in that can? Ha-ha-ha-ha. Come on, get up and fight, ya shivering junkyard. (To the Scarecrow) Put your hands up, ya lopsided bag of hay.
Scarecrow: Now that’s getting personal, Lion!
Tin Man: Yes, get up and teach him a lesson.
Scarecrow: What’s wrong with you teachin’ him?
Tin Man: W-w-w-ell, I hardly know ‘im.