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The Lost Song

When I reviewed Leonard Berstein : West Side Story I mentioned that there was a song originally written for the production called Like Everyone Else. ... And it could be found on a cd called Lost in Boston.

Well, I got a copy of the cd so here are the lyrics as sung by A-rab, Anybodys and Baby John :

Shrimps ain't good for anythin',
watching parades or the movies or anythin',
no good for nothin' but crawlin' and stalling' around.

Kids ain't good for anythin',
shavin' or neckin' or anythin',
no good for nothin' but droopin' and poopin' around.

Girls ain't good for anythin',
swearin' or smokin' or spittin' or anythin'
I swear and I smoke and I get Hell,
why can't I be male.

Why can't I be - big, tall, male
like everyone else.

Listen to an excerpt

From the liner notes :

This Fugue for Delinquents- A-rab (Shrimps ain't), Baby John (Kids ain't) and Anybodys (Girls ain't)-was written during the tryout to help lighten up West Side's first act. Hearing the finished song, the creators decided it lightened things up too much. And with that
brilliant sociological treatise Gee Officer Krupke already knocking 'em dead, Like Everybody Else went unsung. Note how Bernstein constructs his rondo over that cool, boppy riff.

It's definitely a boppy number.


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Feb. 23rd, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Interesting song, but I think it was for the better that they nixed it. Thanks for posting the lyrics and information!
Feb. 23rd, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
It doesn't really fit the finished product but it's interesting to see and hear it. If you read Sondheim's latest books about his career he's got a lot of material that never made it into the final product and after seeing it, I was glad it hadn't.
Feb. 23rd, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, speaking of that material, I've always been meaning to ask if anyone here has the lyrics for those additional verses to Gee, Officer Krupke that Sondheim wrote.
Feb. 23rd, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that there were additional lyrics. Hmm...
Feb. 23rd, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they were mentioned in one of those West Side Story books you recommended and I bought. They're in a book of Sondheim's called ... something about a hat.
Feb. 23rd, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
Most likely it was Finishing the Hat , that's the one that had all the extra - and frightful - material that didn't make it into the show.
Feb. 23rd, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Ah yeah, that's the book. I wasn't planning to get hold of it, really; I was mainly just curious about the added lyrics of that song.
Feb. 23rd, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
I placed a hold on a copy so when the Library calls me, I'll take a look and see what it says.
Jan. 23rd, 2013 09:31 am (UTC)
Neither did I.
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