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I enjoy 'I Enjoy Being a Girl'
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Posted by: WaymanWong 12:22 am EDT 04/18/24
In reply to: re: What are Oscar Hammerstein II's best lyrics? (or... your personal favorites) - theatreguy40 02:05 pm EDT 04/17/24

I'm so happy to see some love for ''Flower Drum Song,'' whose bright, delightful songs often get relegated to lower-tier Rodgers & Hammerstein.

I've always thought ''I Enjoy Being a Girl'' has gotten a bad rap, as if it's some dated, sexist anthem of how all women ought to think.

Hammerstein was writing a fun and flirty lyric for Linda Low's character; it's about what SHE enjoys. And she's as playful as Hammerstein's rhymes.

Like rhyming ''swervy'' and ''curvy''; ''female'' and ''free male,'' and ''hair do'' and ''air do.'' Wordplay, like that, ''by me, that's only great.''

Many artists have sung ''I Enjoy Being a Girl,'' but none better than Pat Suzuki (now 93), who originally introduced it on Broadway. Brava!
Link Pat Suzuki: 'I Enjoy Being a Girl' on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' (1958)
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