Merrily We Roll Along - Bobby and Jackie and Jack Lyrics

2012 New York City Center Encores!
Merrily We Roll Along the Musical - Bobby and Jackie and Jack Lyrics


Charley:
Nineteen sixty…

Beth:
It’s nineteen sixty…

Frank:
And gosh, what a swell year it’s been!

All three:
So many blessings,
Such wonders it has brought,
You hardly know where to begin:
There’s xerox
And lasers,
The twist and the “pill,”
A city in brazil…

Beth:
…that no one wants to fill…

All three:
Khrushchev stopped screaming
And librium came in.

Charley:
And nixon didn’t win.

All three:
Goodbye then to ike and the brass,
To years that were cozy but crass.

Frank:
It’s true ike was icky,

Charley:
But better him than dicky —

All:
Now meet the first first family with class en masse.

Charley:
There’s bobby —

Beth:
And jackie —

Frank:
And jack —

All three:
And myriads more in the back:
There’s ethel and teddy and pat alone,

Charley:
Plus eunice

Beth:
And peter

Frank:
And jean

Pianist:
And joan

Charley:
And what’s-his-name — ?

Beth:
Stephen.

Frank:
And hold the phone —
The one in the army —

Beth, charley:
One in the army?

Frank:
Captain… major…

Charley:
Sargent!

Frank:
That’s it!

All three:
So many cards in the pack.
You want to know how to keep track?
Well, one is good-looking
And young and rich
While one is good-looking
And young and rich,
The rest are good-looking
And young and rich —
There isn’t a lot that they lack,
Not bobby and jackie and jack
And ethel and ted and eunice
And pat and joan
And steve and peter
And jean and sarge —
There’s probably dozens of others at large,
God knows —
And joe and rose.

All three:
We’re bringing back style to the white house.

Beth:
I’m painting it beige for a start.

All three:
We’re making it into a cultural lighthouse

Charley:
For glamour

Beth:
And beauty

Frank:
And art.

Beth:
Evenings of the budapest playing vivaldi
And munch doing bits of ravel.
I’ll get leontyne price to sing her
Medley from “meistersinger”
And margot fonteyn to dance “giselle.”

Charley:
(spoken) together?

Beth:
Won’t it be perfectly swell?

Frank:
We’ll have bernstein play next on
The bechstein piano —

Charley:
And auden read poems and stuff.

Beth:
And galina —
— vishnevskya,

Frank, charley:
Gesundheit!

Beth:
The russian soprano —
Just pronouncing her name
Is refreshing enough!

All three:
We’re bringing back style to the white house,
With casual culture the rule.

Frank:
(spoken) o.K., bobby. I’ll make you attorney general. Just get off my back.

Charley:
With bobby

Beth:
And jackie

Frank:
And jack,

All three:
The white house is under attack.

Frank:
Eight years is the limit but eight will do,

Charley:
By then there’ll be bobby —

Pianist:
— and teddy, too —

Beth:
Or peter or stephen —

Frank, charley, pianist: (to beth)
Or even you —

Beth:
Ooh!
— and then there’s the colonel —

Frank, charley:
Colonel?

Beth:
Major?

Frank, charley:
Major?

Beth:
You know!

Frank:
Sargent.

Beth:
Yes…

All three:
Dozens to take up the slack
If anything goes out of whack.

Frank:
And some day elections will be unknown

Beth:
’cause each of our kids will ascend the throne

Charley:
And their kids have more kids with kids of their own

Frank:
— it’s sort of a family knack —

All three:
Till most of the nation’s
Made up of relations
Of bobby and jackie and jack
And ethel and ted and eunice
And pat and joan
And steve and peter and jean and sarge
And joe and rose and rows and rows
And rows and rows and rows and rows —
The decade is starting anew,
And maybe the country is, too.

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