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Aladdin (Cole Porter)
ALADDIN -- LYRICS
ALADDIN, 1958 Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter Produced by Richard Lewine for CBS-TV's "DuPont Show of the Month" On February 21, 1958. Book by S. J. Perelman. Directed by Ralph Nelson. SONG LIST FOR CBS-TV's "DUPONT SHOW OF THE MONTH" INTRODUCTION OVERTURE COME TO THE SUPERMARKET (IN OLD PEKING) MAKE WAY (FOR THE EMPEROR) TRUST YOUR DESTINY TO YOUR STAR OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS BUT ONCE (AT THUH DOOR) ALADDIN WOULDN'T IT BE FUN I ADORE YOU NO WONDER TAXES ARE HIGH I ADORE YOU (REPRISE) FINALE LYRICS HERE ACCORDING TO THE CBS-TV's "DUPONT SHOW OF THE MONTH" INTRODUCTION [COLE PORTER] "This is Cole Porter. After many years writings songs for the theater and motion picture, I find it very exciting writing for our newest entertainment medium, television. I hope you will like these songs which I've written specially for the CBS's television production of ALADDIN." OVERTURE [ORCHESTRA] COME TO THE SUPERMARKET (IN OLD PEKING) [CYRIL RITCHARD AND MALE CHORUS] MAGICIAN AND CHORUS: If you want a fancy fan Or a turkey born in Turkey-stan Or a slave that's awf'lly African Or a Teapot early Ming, Come to the supermarket in old Peking. If you want to buy a kite Or a pup to keep you up at night Or a dwarf who used to know Snow White Or a frog who loves to sing, Come to the supermarket in old Peking. Sunflow'r cakes, moonbeam cakes, Gizzard cakes, lizard cakes, Pickled eels, pickle snakes, Fit for any king, If you want a bust of jade Or an egg that's more or less decayed Or in case you care to meet a maid For a nice but naughty fling, Come to the supermarket, If you come on a pony, you can park it, So come to the supermarket And see Pe- King. If you want a gong to beat Or a rickshaw with a sassy seat Or a painting slightly indiscreet That is simply riveting, Come to the supermarket in old Peking. If you want some calico Or a gentle water buffalo Or a glowworm guaranteed to glow Or a cloak inclined to cling, Come to the supermarket in old Peking. Bird's-nest soup, seaweed soup, Noodle soup, poodle soup, Talking crows with the croup, Almost anything. If you want to buy a saw Or a fish delicious when it's raw Or a pill to kill your moth'r-in-law Or a bee without a sting, Come to the supermarket, If you come on a camel, you can park it, So come to the supermarket And see Pe- King! MAKE WAY (FOR THE EMPEROR) [GEORGE HALL AND MALE CHORUS] CHAMBERLAIN AND MALE CHORUS: Make way for His Majesty And her Oh So Serene Highness. Make way for the Emperor And his daughter, the pretty Princess. Don't add to the traffic jam, Let the loyal parade progress, Make way for the Emperor And his daughter, the pretty Princess. Show your devotion to Your protector and his daughter Or be condemned to stew In a bath of boiling water. Monarchs can be merciful, They can also be merciless, So, make way for the Emperor And his daughter, the pretty Princess. Bow to Mighty Chang And his offspring so forgiving, Or be prepared to hang Till you're not among the living. Monarchs can be merciful, They can also be merciless, So, make way for the Emperor And his daughter, the pretty Princess. Make way... Make way... Make way... TRUST YOUR DESTINY TO YOUR STAR [DENNIS KING] ASTROLOGER: Gaze at the stars when at night you're alone And from out of the blue select one for your own. If you want your purse to be lined with gold, Trust your destiny to your star. If you long for glory and fame untold, Trust your destiny to your star. When for someone's lips you have yearned and yearned But you live without hope so far, You will soon discover your love is returned If you trust, And you must Trust your destiny to your star. When for someone's lips you have yearned and yearned But you live without hope so far, You will soon discover your love is returned If you trust, And you must Trust your destiny to your star. OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS BUT ONCE (AT THUH DOOR) [CYRIL RITCHARD AND CHORUS] MAGICIAN AND CHORUS: When I was a baby a-playing, Sweet Grandmama said, "My Pet, There's an ancient Mongolian saying That you never, never should forget." Opportunity knocks but once--at thuh door, Opportunity knocks but once--at thuh door, Opportunity won't knock twice- Or thrice- Or any more, Opportunity knocks but once--at thuh door. So when it knocks, don't hesitate, don't pause, But grab it quick because, because, because, because Opportunity knocks but once, When for happiness someone hunts, Opportunity knocks but once--at thuh door. MAGICIAN: Opportunity knocks but once--at thuh door, OTHERS: At, at thuh door, MAGICIAN: Opportunity knocks but once--at thuh door, OTHERS: At, at thuh door, MAGICIAN: Opportunity won't knock twice- Or thrice- Or any more, Opportunity knocks but once--at thuh door, OTHERS: At, at thuh door, MAGICIAN: So when it knocks, don't hesitate, don't pause, OTHERS: Don't pause, MAGICIAN: But grab it quick because, because, because, because OTHERS: 'Cause, because, because, because, 'cause MAGICIAN: Opportunity knocks but once, When for happiness someone hunts, Opportunity knocks but once--at thuh door. OTHERS: Where? MAGICIAN: At thuh door, OTHERS: Where? MAGICIAN: At thuh door, As I said before, ALL: At thuh door. ALADDIN [ANNA MARIA ALBERGHETTI AND CHORUS] ALADDIN: Oh princess, fair princess, though I know it could never be, I saw you in a dream and you were saying to me: MAID: [speaking] Oh princess, you know that the eagle and the sparrow cannot mate. Can Her highness imagine herself in love with a commoner? PRINCESS: [speaking] Ah! But nothing is impossible when the human heart is concerned. [singing] They told me that such an unheard-of event Could never but never occur, Yet all of a sudden, as if heaven sent, My darling, there you were! Aladdin, Aladdin, How could you such love inspire? Aladdin, You madden A maiden with deep'ning desire. I sadden, Each moment we spend apart, Aladdin, Aladdin, Come and gladden your home in my heart. CHORUS: PRINCESS: Aladdin, Hmm-hmm Aladdin, Hmm-hmm How could you such love inspire? Aladdin, You madden A maiden with deep'ning desire. PRINCESS: CHORUS: I sadden, Hmm-hmm and sudden Hmm-hmm Each moment we spend apart, Huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh Aladdin, Aladdin, PRINCESS AND CHORUS: Come and gladden your home in my heart. [GONG] WOULDN'T IT BE FUN [GEORGE HALL (AS THE EMPEROR)] CHAMBERLAIN: Wouldn't it be fun not to be famous, Wouldn't it be fun not to be rich! Wouldn't it be pleasant To be a simple peasant And spend a happy day digging a ditch! Wouldn't it be fun not to be known as an important V.I.P., Wouldn't it be fun to be nearly anyone Except me, mighty me! Yesterday I had to endure a kite-flying match And rushed to an execution downtown, Then I gave a luncheon for some horrible hectic Huns Who proceeded to drink too much and fall down. After lunch I went to inspect a slave-labor camp And opened a new wing in my dungeon keep, Then I gave a feast for a lofty lama from Tibet And he stayed so late I never got to sleep, So help me Buddha! Wouldn't it be fun not to be wealthy, Wouldn't it be fun not to be great! How I'd love dearly To be a beggar merely And not be bored to death living in state! Wouldn't it be fun not to have always deadly diplomats for tea, Wouldn't it be fun to be nearly anyone Except me, mixed-up me! I ADORE YOU [SAL MINEO AND CHORUS] ALADDIN: Since I gazed at you so temptingly near, I adore you. There could never be a love more sincere, I adore you. So the day may dawn when I might appear And implore you To repeat the words I hunger to hear, "I adore you, dear." CHORUS: Since I gazed at you so temptingly near, I adore you. (I adore you) There could never be a love more sincere, I adore you. (I adore you) So the day may dawn when I might appear And implore you (And implore you) To repeat the words I hunger to hear, "I adore you, dear." Oooh! ALADDIN: So the day may dawn when I might appear And implore you (CHORUS: And implore you) To repeat the words I hunger to hear, "I adore you, dear." Oooh! NO WONDER TAXES ARE HIGH [CYRIL RITCHARD AND CHORUS] MAGICIAN: The Emperor is fond of marble dragons, So he ordered tons and tons of marble dragons, His extravagance nobody can deny, No wonder taxes are high. In ev'ry room he wants a golden Buddha And it takes a lot of gold to make a Buddha, Though to estimate the cost we wouldn't try, CHORUS: No wonder taxes are high. MAGICIAN: Yet we work, work, work Till our bones are all cracked, We don't even have a Workman's Compensation act. His Majesty delights in throwing parties, So we have to furnish food for all his parties. When your monarch is a social butterfly, CHORUS: No wonder taxes are high. MAGICIAN: Oh me, oh my! No wonder taxes are high. His Grace can only sleep on yellow satin, Ev'ry night he has a change of yellow satin, Though we want him to enjoy his hushabye, No wonder taxes are high. He likes to juggle emeralds and rubies, So he cornered all the emeralds and rubies, His collection is a knockout to the eye, CHORUS: No wonder taxes are high. Yet we work, work, work For a minimum fee, MAGICIAN: We don't even get a break to take midmorning tea. Our master loves to ogle pretty dancers, He already has a thousand pretty dancers, But today he commandeered a new supply, CHORUS: No wonder taxes are high. Oh me, oh my! No wonder taxes are high. MAGICIAN: He likes to look at fireworks in the ev'ning, So we're forced to shoot off fireworks ev'ry ev'ning, And so many that they clutter up the sky, CHORUS: No wonder taxes are high. MAGICIAN: He drinks a foreign drink that's known as brandy, So a caravan arrived and brought him brandy. It's too bad his royal throat is always dry, CHORUS: No wonder taxes are high. Yet we work, work, work Till we're covered with grime, MAGICIAN: But he wouldn't think of paying us for overtime. His Highness fairly reeks of heavy perfume And his concubines adore his heavy perfume. It's a shame the way they splash it on the guy, No wonder taxes are high. CHORUS: Oh me, oh my! No wonder taxes are high. I ADORE YOU (REPRISE) [ANNA MARIA ALBERGHETTI AND SAL MINEO] PRINCESS: Since I gazed at you so temptingly near, I adore you. ALADDIN: I adore you. There could never be a love more sincere, I adore you. PRINCESS: I adore you. So the day may dawn when I might appear And the day has dawned when I no more I fear To implore you ALADDIN: I implore you. PRINCESS AND ALADDIN: To repeat the words I hunger to hear, "I adore you, dear." ALADDIN: I adore you. PRINCESS: And the day has dawned when I no more I fear To implore you ALADDIN: I implore you. PRINCESS AND ALADDIN: To repeat the words I hunger to hear, "I adore you, dear." FINALE [ORCHESTRA] ALADDIN was given a stage production in London, at the Coliseum Theatre, where it opened on December 17, 1959. In addition to the songs specifically composed for the television special, the stage version also contained several interpolations. Here is the song list of the London version of ALADDIN: There must be someone for me (Originally written for MEXICAN HAYRIDE) No wonder taxes are high Come to the supermarket Make way Aladdin Opportunity knocks but once Ridin' high (Originally written for RED, HOT AND BLUE) Wouldn't it be fun I am loved (Originally written for OUT OF THIS WORLD) Cherry pies ought to be you (Originally written for OUT OF THIS WORLD) Trust your destiny to a star I adore you HERE ARE THE LYRICS TO THE SONGS INSERTED IN THE SHOW (as they were written by Cole Porter): THERE MUST BE SOMEONE FOR ME (Originally written for MEXICAN HAYRIDE) If you're a maid men always quit And with such velocity That you're getting ready to commit A ferocity, If you're blue because in each love affair, You have wound up on the shelf, Simply learn this little old nurs'ry air And repeat it to yourself: There's a boy cat for ev'ry girl cat, There's a boy bat for ev'ry girl bat, There's a boy rat for ev'ry girl rat, So there must be someone for me. There's a boy snail for ev'ry girl snail, There's a boy quail for ev'ry girl quail, There's a boy whale for ev'ry girl whale, So there must be someone for me. For each lassy hippo in the riverbed, Say the rhymes of Mother Goose, There's a laddie hippo she will shortly wed. So why in hell should I reduce? There's a boy mouse for ev'ry girl mouse, There's a boy grouse for ev'ry girl grouse, There's a boy louse for ev'ry girl louse, So there must be someone for me. There's a boy lamb for ev'ry girl lamb, There's a boy clam for ev'ry girl clam, There's a boy ham for ev'ry girl ham, So there must be someone for me. There's a boy trout for ev'ry girl trout, There's a boy lout for ev'ry girl lout, There's a Boy Scout for ev'ry Girl Scout, So there must be someone for me. Mister Charlie Chaplin, simply look at him He'll be sixty-three today, Yet whenever Charlie's feeling full of vim He gets another protégée. There's a boy tot for ev'ry girl tot, There's a boy hot for ev'ry girl hot, There's no boycott on any girl cot, So there must be someone for me. There's a boy chick for ev'ry girl chick, There's a boy tick for ev'ry girl tick, There's a boy hick for ev'ry girl hick, So there must be someone for me. There's a boy moose for ev'ry girl moose, There's a boy goose for ev'ry girl goose, There's a boy pa-poose for ev'ry girl pa-poose, So there must be someone for me. Mister John L. Lewis I could not begin To imagine as my spouse, Yet a lot of girls would love to slumber in The bushes of his eyebrows There's a boy loon for ev'ry girl loon, There's a boy prune for ev'ry girl prune, There's a boy goon for ev'ry girl goon, So there must be someone for me. RIDIN' HIGH (Originally written for RED, HOT AND BLUE) [COMING SOON] I AM LOVED (Originally written for OUT OF THIS WORLD) [COMING SOON] CHERRY PIES OUGHT TO BE YOU (Originally written for OUT OF THIS WORLD) [COMING SOON]