re: What are Oscar Hammerstein II's best lyrics? (or... your personal favorites)
Posted by: carolinaguy 02:52 pm EDT 04/17/24
In reply to: What are Oscar Hammerstein II's best lyrics? (or... your personal favorites) - GrumpyMorningBoy 07:12 am EDT 04/17/24

One of my favorite passages in the OH2 canon comes from "Soliloquy" in CAROUSEL. (I can quibble with two things in it, but I still adore it.)

And I'm damned if he'll marry his boss's daughter
A skinny-lipped virgin with blood like water
Who'll give him a peck and call it a kiss
And look in his eyes through a lorgnette
Say, why am I taking on like this?
My kid ain't even been born yet

The extent to which "daughter" and "water" rhyme depends on the singer's pronunciation, I guess. And I could wonder whether "lorgnette" would be in Billy Bigelow's vocabulary or not. Maybe it was a much more common word at the time the story's set.


I'm also quite partial to this bit from "Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?"

In your pursuit of pleasure, you
Have mistresses who treasure you.
(They have no ken
Of other men
Beside whom they can measure you.)
A flock of sheep, and you are the only ram—
No wonder you’re the wonder of Siam!
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