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Thread #48196   Message #865370
Posted By: Joe Offer
12-Jan-03 - 04:24 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Merry Minuet (Kingston Trio/Harnick)
Subject: Lyr Add: MERRY MINUET (Sheldon Harnick)
The version in the Digital Tradition is the one I've usually heard sung. I think the following is the original version, which appeared in the 1953 musical, Almanac. It has one additional verse (shown in italics).
-Joe Offer-

(Sheldon Harnick)

There are days in my life
When everything is dreary
I grow pessimistic
Sad and world weary.
But when I'm tearful and fearfully upset,
I always sing this merry little minuet.

They're rioting in Africa.
They're starving in Spain.
There's hurricanes in Florida,
And Texas needs rain.

The whole world is festering
With unhappy souls.
The French hate the Germans,
The Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate Yugoslavs
South Africans hate the Dutch
And I don't like anybody very much.

In faraway Siberia
They freeze by the score.
An avalanche in Switzerland
Just got fifteen more.

But we can be grateful
And thankful and proud
That man's been endowed
With a mushroom shaped cloud.
And we know for certain
That some lovely day
Someone will set the spark off
And we will all be blown away.

They're rioting in Africa.
There's strife in Iran.
What nature doesn't do to us
Will be done by our fellow man.

source: Their Words are Music: The Great Theatre Lyricists and Their Lyrics, edited by Lehman Engel, 1975