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I Whistle a Happy Tune

Whenever I feel afraid
I hold my head erect
And whistle a happy tune
So no one will suspect
I'm afraid.

While shivering in my shoes
I strike a careless pose
And whistle a happy tune
And no one ever knows
I'm afraid.

The result of this deception
Is very strange to tell
For when I fool the people
I fear I fool myself as well!

I whistle a happy tune
And ev'ry single time
The happiness in the tune
Convinces me that I'm not afraid.

Make believe you're brave
And the trick will take you far.
You may be as brave
As you make believe you are

You may be as brave
As you make believe you are

I think that’s a very good idea mother
A very good idea
Yes, it is a good idea isn’t it?
I don’t think I shall ever be afraid again
Good!

The result of this deception
Is very strange to tell
For when I fool the people I fear
I fool myself as well!

I whistle a happy tune
And ev'ry single time
The happiness in the tune
Convinces me that I'm not afraid.

Make believe you're brave
And the trick will take you far.
You may be as brave
As you make believe you are....

You may be as brave
As you make believe you are.

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Welcome to Bangkok

The man is Lun Tha, emissary of the court of Burma.
He bring present to king from Prince of Burma.
Her name is Tuptim.

That girl is a present?

For king!
King is pleased with her.

 

My Lord and Master

He is pleased with me!
My Lord and Master
Declares he's pleased with me-

What does he mean?
What does he know of me
This lord and master?
When he has looked at me what has he seen?
Something young
Soft and slim,
Painted cheek,
Tap'ring limb,
Smiling lips
All for him,
Eyes that shine
Just for him-
So he thinks...

Just for him!
Though the man may be
My Lord and Master,
Though he may study me
As hard as he can,
The smile beneath my smile
He'll never see
He'll never know I love another man
He'll never know, I love another man.

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Hello Young Lovers

When I think of Tom.
I think about a night,
When the earth smelled of summer
And the sky was streaked with white,
The soft mist of England
Was sleeping on a hill.

I remember this,
And I always will...
There are new lovers now
On the same silent hill,
Looking on the same blue sea.
And I know Tom and I are a part of them all
And they're all a part of Tom and me.

Hello young lovers, whoever you are,
I hope your troubles are few.
All my good wishes go with you tonight,
I've been in love like you.

Be brave, young lovers, and follow your star,
Be brave and faithful and true,
Cling very close to each other tonight.
I've been in love like you.

I know how it feels to have wings on your heels,
And to fly down the street in a trance.
You fly down a street on the chance that you’ll meet,
And you meet -- not really by chance.

Don't cry young lovers, whatever you do,
Don't cry because I'm alone;
All of my memories are happy tonight,
I've had a love of my own.
I've had a love of my own, like yours
I've had a love of my own.

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Happy Land

"There is a happy land, far, far away,
Where saints in Glory stand, bright, bright as day."

In the beginning God created the-heaven and the-earth.
Mis-on-ary

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Home, Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho home
Ah ah ah ah
Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho home
Ah ah ah ah
Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho home
Ah ah ah ah

With pleasures and promises
Though we may grow
Be it ever so humble
There's no place like home.
A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there,
Which seek through the world,
Is ne'er met with elsewhere.

Father, yesterday Misses Anna teaches us that the world is a
round ball which spins on and invisible stick through its
middle. Everyone knows that the world lies on the back of a
great turtle who keeps if from running into the stars.

Well, this ball. It stick through it... I believe!

You believe. Does that mean you do not know? But you must
know, because you are king!

Good. Someday when you are king, you too shall know everything.
When you are king, but I do not know.
In my head are many facts but I'm not sure.
What to tell a growing son how to bring truth and justice to my people?

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A Puzzlement

When I was a boy
World was better spot.
What was so was so,
What was not was not.
Now I am a man;
World have changed a lot.
Some things nearly so,
Others nearly not.

There are times I almost think
I am not sure of what I absolutely know.
Very often find confusion
In conclusion I concluded long ago
In my head are many facts
That, as a student, I have studied to procure,
In my head are many facts..
Of which I wish I was more certain I was sure!

Is a puzzlement

Shall I join with other nations in alliance?
If allies are weak, am I not best alone?
If allies are strong with power to protect me,
Might they not protect me out of all I own?
Is a danger to be trusting one another,
One will seldom want to do what other wishes;
But unless someday somebody trust somebody
There'll be nothing left on earth excepting fishes!

There are times I almost think
Nobody sure of what he absolutely know.
Everybody find confusion
In conclusion he concluded long ago
And it puzzle me to learn
That tho' a man may be in doubt of what he know,
Very quickly will he fight...
He'll fight to prove that what he does not know is so!
Oh-h-h-h-h-h Sometimes I think that people going mad!
Ah-h-h-h-h-h! Sometimes I think that people not so bad!
But not matter what I think I must go on living life.
As leader of my kingdom I must go forth,
Be father to my children and husband to each wife
Etcetera, etcetera, and so forth.
If my Lord in Heaven Buddha, show the way!
Everyday I try to live another day. If my Lord in Heaven Buddha, show the way!
Everyday I do my best for one-more day!

But...Is a puzzlement!

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School Song

We work and work
From week to week
At the Royal Bangkok Academy
And English words are all we speak
At the Royal Bangkok...

From week to week
At the Royal Bangkok Academy
And English words
Are all we speak
At the Royal Bangkok Academy
If we pay attention to our teacher
And obey her every rule,
We'll be grateful for
Those golden years
At our dear old school.
The Royal Bangkok Academy,
Our dear old school.

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Getting To Know You

It's a very ancient saying,
But a true and honest thought,
That if you become a teacher,
By your pupils you'll be taught.

As a teacher I've been learning --
You'll forgive me if I boast --
And I've now become an expert,
On the subject I like most.

Getting to know you.

Getting to know you,
Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you,
Getting to hope you like me.

Getting to know you,
Putting it my way,
But nicely,
You are precisely,
My cup of tea.

Getting to know you,
Getting to feel free and easy
When I am with you,
Getting to know what to say

Haven't you noticed
Suddenly I'm bright and breezy?
Because of all the beautiful and new
Things I'm learning about you
Day by day.

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Garden Scene

I am Lun Tha. You are Misses Anna, school teacher?

Yes, but you shouldn't be here...

I must meet with Tuptim again, please.

You have being seen her here?

Twice we've met. But each time it becomes more difficult.
She have said you are her friend who could help us.

Oh no, I couldn't. It's much too dangerous!
Not for me, but for Tuptim and you.

Please, Misses Anna...

I'm sorry, Lun Tha, but there is nothing I can do.

Wait there.

Tuptim!

Oh, Lun Tha!

Seeing you this way is not enough.

There is nothing we can do. I am watched too closely.

Must we go on forever hiding a love like this?

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We kiss in a shadow

We kiss in a shadow,
We hide from the moon,
Our meetings are few,
And over too soon.

We speak in a whisper,
Afraid to be heard;
When people are near,
We speak not a word.

Alone in our secret,
Together we sigh,
For one smiling day to be free

To kiss in the sunlight
And say to the sky:
"Behold and believe what you see!
Behold how my lover loves me!"

We speak in a whisper,
Afraid to be heard;
When people are near,
We speak not a word.

Alone in our secret,
Together we sigh,
For one smiling day to be free

To kiss in the sunlight
And say to the sky:
"Behold and believe what you see!
Behold how my lover loves me!"

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A Puzzlement (Reprise)

There are time I almost think
They are not sure of what they absolutely know.

I believe they are confused
About conclusions they concluded long ago.

If my father and your mother are not sure of what they absolutely know,
Can you tell me why they fight?

They fight to prove that what they do not know is so!

Oh-hhhhh!
Sometimes I think that people going mad

Ah-h-h-h-h-h!
Sometimes I think that people [speaks]-not so bad.

But not matter what I think
I must go on living life.
And someday as a leader I must go forth,
Be father to my children and husband to each wife
Etcetera, etcetera, and so forth.
If my Lord in Heaven Buddha, show the way,
Everyday I try to live another day.
If my Lord in Heaven Buddha, show the way,
Everyday I do my best for one-more day!
But…

Is a puzzlement

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Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?

Your servant! Your servant!
Indeed I'm not you servant
(Although you give me less than servant's pay)
I'm a free and independent employe...employee.

Because I'm a woman
You think, like ev'ry woman
I have to be a slave or concubine
You conceited, self-indulgent libertine! ...liberteen

Oh, how I wish I called him that! Right to his face! Libertine!
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 locked in county gaols (jails)!

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 are the only ram
No wonder you're the wonder of Siam!

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...

Your majesty,
Shall It tell you what I think of you?
You're spoiled!
You're a conscientious worker
But your spoiled.

Giving credit where it's due
There is much I like in you
But it's also very true
That your 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 that bowing and cow-towing
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 that 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 of 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 out knees, Your Majesty.
Give us a kick, if you please Your Majesty
Give us a kick, if you would, Your Majesty
Wow… Oh, That was good, Your Majesty!

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Something Wonderful

This is a man who thinks with his heart
His heart is not always wise.
This is a man who stumbles and falls,
But this is a man who tries.
This is a man you'll forgive and forgive,
And help protect, as long as you live...

He will not always say,
What you would have him say
But now and then he'll say
Something Wonderful.

The thoughtless things he’ll do
Will hurt and worry you
Then all at once he’ll do
Something wonderful.

He has a thousand dreams
That won't come true,
You know that he believes in them
And that's enough for you.
You'll always go along,
Defend him where he's wrong
And tell him, when he's strong
He is Wonderful.

He'll always need your love
And so he'll get your love
A man who needs your love
Can be Wonderful.

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Temple Scene

First we shall ask strength from Buddha
Bow, Bow, Bow

Ah ah ah hmm ah ah ah

Oh Buddha give us the aid of your strength and your wisdom.

And help us to prove to the visiting English that we are extraordinary and remarkable people.

Help also misses Anna to keep awake for scientific sewing of dresses even though she be only a woman and a Christian and therefore unworthy of your interest.

Ah your majesty this is really…

A promise is a promise. Head must not be higher than mine. A promise.

And Buddha I promise you shall give this unworthy woman a house.
We will build her a house of her own. A brick residence adjoining royal palace according to agreement etcetera etcetera etcetera

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Banquet Scene

Anna, my dear. You’re looking lovelier than ever. I was rather hoping to find you wasted away with homesickness.

For England? I have no one there Edward. Not anymore.

No one, Anna? Hear that? We danced to that once. Richmond. Remember?

Mmm hmm

Still dance?

Not very often.

You should.

Dancing after dinner. I had impression misses Anna would be of help for sitting of gests at dinner table etcetera etcetera etcetera.

In that case we’d better be going in. Anna?

Yes. We better be going in. Anna.

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Western People Funny

To prove we're not barbarians
They dress us up like savages!
To prove we're not barbarians
We wear a funny skirt!
Ah...............h!

To prove we're not barbarians
They dress us up like savages!
To prove we're not barbarians
We wear a funny skirt!

Western People Funny,
Western People Funny,
Western People Funny,
Of that there is no doubt,
They feel so sentimental
About the Oriental,
They always try to turn us
Inside down and upside out!

Upside out and inside down!

To bruise and pinch our little toes-
Our feet are cramped in leather shoes-
They'd break if we had brittle toes,
But now they only hurt!
Ah...............h!

To bruise and pinch our little toes
Our feet are cramped in leather shoes,
They'd break if we had brittle toes,
But now they only hurt!
Western People Funny!
Western People Funny!
Western People Funny!
Too funny to be true!

They think they civilise us
Whenever they advise us
To learn to make the same mistake
That they are making too!
Ah.............h!

They make quite a few!

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I Have Dreamed

I have dreamed that arms are lovely,
I have dreamed what a joy you'll be.
I have dreamed every word you whisper.
When your close,
Close to me.

How you look in the glow of evening
I have dreamed and enjoyed the view.
In these dreams I've loved you so
That by now I think I know
What it's like to be loved by you-
I will love being loved by you.

Alone and awake I've looked at the stars,
The same that smiled on you;
And time and again
I've thought all the things
That you were thinking too.

I have dreamed that arms are lovely,
I have dreamed what a joy you'll be.
I have dreamed every word you whisper.
When your close,
Close to me.

How you look in the glow of evening
I have dreamed and enjoyed the view.
In these dreams I've loved you so
That by now I think I know

What it's like to be loved by you
I will love being loved by you.

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Song of the King

A woman is a female who is human,
Designed for pleasing man, the human male.
A human male is pleased by many women,
And all the rest you hear is fairy tale.

Then tell me how the fairy tale began, sir.
You cannot call it just a poet's trick
Explain to me why many men are faithful
And true to one wife only.

They are sick!

But You do expect woman to be faithful?

Naturally!

Why naturally?

Because it is natural. It is like old Siamese rhyme.

A girl must be like a blossom
With honey for just one man.
A man must live like honey bee
And gather all he can.

To fly from blossom to blossom
A honey bee must be free,
But blossom must not ever fly
From bee to bee to bee.

Oh your Majesty, in my country we have a far off different attitude.
We believe that for a man to be truly happy, he must love one woman,
and one woman only.

This idea was invented by a woman!

Oh but it's a beautiful idea. And in England we are brought up
with it. And by the time a young girl goes to her first dance

Young girl? They dance also like I see tonight - in arms of men
not her husband?

Well, of course!

I would not permit!

Oh but it’s very exiting. When you’re young at your first dance. And you’re sitting on a small guilt chair with your eyes lowered. Terrified that you’ll be a wallflower. And suddenly you see two black shoes, a white waistcoat, a face… It speaks.

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Shall We Dance?

We've just been introduced,
I do not know you well,
But when the music started
Something drew me to your side.
So many men and girls,
Are in each others arms.
It made me think we might be
Similarly occupied.
Shall we dance?
On a bright cloud of music shall we fly?
Shall we dance?
Shall we then say "Goodnight and mean "Goodbye"?
Or perchance,
When the last little star has left the sky,
Shall we still be together
With are arms around each other
And shall you be my new romance?
On the clear understanding
That this kind of thing can happen,
Shall we dance?
Shall we dance? Shall we Dance?

Mm hmm mm…
Mm hmm mm…

Why'd you stop? You dance pretty, go on, go on, go on!

Oh your Majesty I didn't realize, after all I'm not a
Dancing girl...In England no woman would dance while a
Man is looking at her...

But you will dance with strange men, holding hands, etcetera.

Yes, but not always a stranger. Usually a very good friend.

Good, then we will dance together! You show me.
Teach, teach, teach!

Well, it's quite simple, the polka. You count one, two, three
and one, two, three and one, two, three...

Shall we dance?

One, two, three and?

On a bright cloud of music shall we fly?

One, two, three and?

Shall we dance?

One, two, three and?

Shall we then say "Goodnight and mean "Goodbye"?

One, two, three and?

Or perchance,
When the last little star has leave the sky,
Shall we still be together
With are arms around each other
And shall you be my new romance?
On the clear understanding
That this kind of thing can happen,

Shall we dance?
Shall we dance? Shall we Dance?

One, two, three and one, two, three and
One, two, three and one, two, three and

One, two, three, one, two, three
One, two... Something wrong!
I know, I know, I forgot ‘and. Next time
I'll remember!

And one, two, three and one, two, three and
One, two, three and ...

Oh that's splendid, your Majesty!

Splendid! Splendid!

And one, two, three and one, two, three and
One, two, three and ...

That is not right!

Yes, it is! You're doing beautifully, your Majesty.

Not the way I see Europeans dance tonight.

Yes, it was! It was just like that!

We're not holding two hands, like this.

No. As a matter of fact...

Was… like this, No?

Yes.

Come!

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I Whistle a Happy Tune (Reprise)

Whenever I feel afraid
I hold my head erect
And whistle a happy tune
So no one will suspect
I'm afraid.
While shivering in my shoes
I strike a careless pose
And whistle a happy tune
And no one ever knows I'm afraid.

 

Finale Ultimo

Getting to know you, putting it my way,
But nicely,
You are precisely,

My cup of tea.

Mother, now that the King is dying, does that make you
friends again.

I suppose so, Louis. We can't hurt each other anymore.

He always frightened me.

Oh I wish you had known him better. You two could have been
such good friends; in many ways, he was just as young as you.

Was he as good a King as he could have been?

I don't think any man has ever been as good a King as he
could have been. But this one tried, he tried very hard.

You really like him, didn't you, mother?

Yes, Louis, I like him very much. Very much indeed.

Mother, it's the boat. It's time to go.

Louis, run down to the boat and ask Captain Orton to take
our things off.

Yes, mother.

Several weeks I do not see you, Misses Anna, and now I die.

No, your Majesty...

This is not scientific. I know when I die or do not die!
Raise.
Misses Anna you take notes. You take note from next King.
Well, suppose you are a King, is there nothing you would do?

I would make proclamations!

Yes!

First I would proclaim for coming New Year fireworks!

Hmm...Hmm?

Also boat races!

Boat races? Why? Boat races in New Year's celebration?

I like boat races. And father, I would like to make a
Second proclamation.

Yes, what is your second proclamation? Make it! Make it!

Regarding custom a-bowing to King, unfashionable at all.
I do not believe this is good thing. Causing embarrassing to everybody, degrading experience or so, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera! And this bad thing, I believe. You
are angry with me, my father?

Oh, why do you ask question? When you are a king, you are king!
You do not ask question of sick man, nor of woman! Misses Anna,
this proclamation against bowing to king, I believe to be your
fault!

Oh I hope so, your Majesty! I do hope so!

He'll always need your love
And so he'll get your love
A man who needs your love
Can be Wonderful.



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