Barbra Streisand - At the Ballet Lyrics

Song from Barbra Streisand's album "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" 2016
Barbra Streisand - At the Ballet Lyrics

"At the Ballet" is a song from musical A Chorus Line performed by
Barbra Streisand with Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley.

[Barbra Streisand:]
Daddy always thought that he married beneath him
That's what he said, that's what he said
When he proposed he informed my mother
It was probably her very last chance
And though she was twenty-two,
Though she was twenty-two,
Though she was twenty-two,
She married him.

Life with my dad wasn't ever a picnic
More like a "Come as you are,"
When I was five I remember my mother
Dug earrings out of the car
I knew that they weren't hers
But it wasn't something you'd wanna discuss
He wasn't warm
Well, not to her
Well, not to us

But
Everything was beautiful at the ballet
Graceful men lift lovely girls in white
Yes, everything was beautiful at the ballet
I was happy... at the ballet.

And that's when I started ballet class.

[Daisy Ridley:]
Up a steep and very narrow stairway.
To the voice like a metronome.
Up a steep and very narrow stairway.

[Barbra Streisand:]
It wasn't paradise...

[Daisy Ridley:]
It wasn't paradise...

[Anne Hathaway:]
It wasn't paradise...

[All:]
But it was home.

[Daisy Ridley:]
Mother always said I'd be very attractive
When I grew up, when I grew up.
"Different," she said, "With a special something
And a very, very personal flair."
And though I was eight or nine,
Though I was eight or nine,
Though I was eight or nine,
I hated her.

Now, "Different" is nice, but it sure isn't pretty
"Pretty" is what it's about
I never met anyone who was "different"
Who couldn't figure that out.
So, beautiful I'd never lived to see.
But it was clear,
If not to her,
Well, then to me...
That...

[Barbra Streisand, Daisy Ridley & Anne Hathaway:]
Everyone is beautiful at the ballet.
Every prince has got to have his swan.
Yes, everyone is beautiful at the ballet

[Daisy Ridley:]
I was pretty...

[Barbra Streisand:]
At the ballet

[Barbra Streisand, Daisy Ridley & Anne Hathaway:]
Up a steep and very narrow stairway.
To the voice like a metronome.
Up a steep and very narrow stairway.

[Daisy Ridley:]
It wasn't paradise...

[Barbra Streisand:]
It wasn't paradise...

[Anne Hathaway:]
It wasn't paradise...

[All:]
But it was home.

[Anne Hathaway:] (Speaking)
I don't know what they were for or against, really, except each other.
I mean I was born to save their marriage
but when my father came to pick my mother up at the hospital
He said, "Well, I thought this was going to help, but I guess not..."
A few months later he left and he never came back.
Anyway, I did have a fantastic fantasy life.
I used to dance around the living room with my arms up like this
And in my fantasy, there was an Indian Chief...
And he would say to me,
"Izzie, do you wanna dance?"
And I would say, "Daddy, I would love to dance!"

[Barbra Streisand and Daisy Ridley:]
Doo-doo-doo-doo

[Anne Hathaway:]
But it was clear...

[Barbra Streisand and Daisy Ridley:]
Doo-doo-doo

[Anne Hathaway:]
When he proposed...

[Barbra Streisand and Daisy Ridley:]
Doo-doo-doo

[Anne Hathaway:]
That I was born to help their marriage and when

[Barbra Streisand:]
That's what she said...

[Daisy Ridley:]
That's what he said...
(Doo-doo-doo-doo)

[Anne Hathaway:]
I used to dance around the living room...
(Doo-doo-doo-doo)

[Barbra Streisand:]
He wasn't warm...
(Doo-doo-doo)

[Daisy Ridley:]
Not to her...

[Anne Hathaway:]
It was an Indian chief and he'd say:
"Maggie, do you wanna dance?"
And I'd say, "Daddy, I would love to..."

[Barbra Streisand:]
Everything was beautiful at the ballet,
Raise your arms and someone's always there.
Everything was beautiful at the ballet,

[Daisy Ridley:]
The ballet!

[All:]
The ballet!

Year!

[Barbra Streisand, Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley:]
Yes, everything was beautiful at the ballet!

[Daisy Ridley:]
I was pretty...

[Barbra Streisand:]
I was happy...

[Anne Hathaway:]
"I would love to..."

[Barbra Streisand, Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley:]
At...the...ballet.

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