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2015 broadway cast of the king and i – shall i tell you what i think of you? lyrics


your servant! your servant!
indeed i’m not your servant
although you give me less than servant’s pay
i’m a free and independent employé


because i’m a woman
you think, like every woman
i have to be a slave or concubine
you conceited, self-indulgent libertine


how i wish i’d called him that
right to his face
and while we’re on the subject, sire
there are certain goings on around this place
that i wish to tell you i do not admire

i do not like polygamy
or even moderate bigamy
i realize
that in your eyes
that clearly makes a prig o’ me
but i am from a civilized land called wales
where men like you are kept in county gaols

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 the only ram
no wonder you’re the wonder of siam

oh, i’m rather glad i didn’t say that. not with the women right there. and the children.

the children, the children
i’ll not forget the children
no matter where i go i’ll always see
those little faces looking up at me

at first, when i started to teach
they were shy and remained out of reach
but lately i’ve thought
one or two have been caught
by a word i have said
or a sentence i’ve read
and i’ve heard an occ-ssional question
that implied, at the least, a suggestion
that the work i was trying to do
was beginning to show with a few

that prince chulalongkorn
is very like his father
he’s stubborn, but inquistive and smart
i must leave this place before they break my heart
i must leave this place before they break my heart

[the clock strikes and anna notices the time.]

oh my goodness, i had no idea it was so late.

shall i tell you what i think of you?
you’re spoiled
you’re a conscientious worker
but you’re spoiled
giving credit where it’s due
there is much i like in you
but it’s also very true
that you’re spoiled

everybody’s always bowing
to the king
everybody has to grovel
to the king
by your buddha you are blessed
by your ladies you’re caressed
but the one who loves you best
is the king

all this bowing and kowtowing
to remind you of your royalty
i find a most disgusting exhibition
i wouldn’t ask a siamese cat
to demonstrate his loyalty
by taking this ridiculous position

how would you like it if you were a man
playing the part of a toad?
crawling around on your elbows and knees
eating the dust in the road
toads! toads! all of your people are toads!

yes, your majesty; no, your majesty
tell us how low to go, your majesty
make some more decrees, your majesty
don’t let us up off our knees, your majesty
give us a kick if you please, your majesty
give us a kick if you would, your majesty
oh! that was good, your majesty!