The Creation Of Man Lyrics

Broadway 1997
Scarlet Pimpernel the Musical - The Creation Of Man Lyrics

PERCY:
Peacocks!

PRINCE OF WALES:
Sink me!

PERCY:
Think ye, sir, how those feathered boys love to flaunt their tails!
Stallions!

PRINCE:
Zounds, sir!

PERCY:
Hounds, sir! Stags!
Of the goosie and the gander, sir,
which gender is the grander, sir?
To render total candor, sir,
the splendor is the male's!

PRINCE, spoken:
What? A man's duty is to wield the sword!
Defend the cave, what?

PERCY, spoken:
Gad, no, Highness! A man's duty is to uphold the banner of beauty!
And you, as prince of our land, must lead the way!

PERCY:
Be an example to your sex.

MEN:
Give your boot a dapper strap,

MAN:
and it's smarter if your garter has some snap.

PERCY:
Cravats should be flounced about our necks.

MAN:
Let the royal coattails flap!

MAN:
Be bewitching with some stitching on your cap!

MEN:
Now drape you cape and puff your cuff!
Embroider those lapels!

PERCY:
Be the king of the beasts in pastels!

La, but someone has to strike a pose
and bear the weight of well-tailored clothes,
and that is why the Lord created men!

PRINCE, spoken:
You're a nincompoop, Blakeney!

PERCY, spoken:
Thank you, sir!

PRINCE, spoken:
Always said you were! Always said, "Leave the fancy dress to the women!"
Let me be a Roman, don a tunic! Bare the legs, eh what?

PERCY, spoken:
Sink me, the man's lost his senses! Bare legs!

PERCY:
Strut, sir!

PRINCE:
What, sir?

PERCY:
Roosters do.
Give a cock his comb and the hens will pale.
Bucks, bulls!
More, sir!

MEN and PERCY:
Boars, sir!

PERCY:
Rams!
Of the nanny-goat and billy, sir,
whose beard is fully woolly, sir?
It's bully for the billy
for he's willy-nilly male!

PRINCE, spoken:
Well, the male animal is dashing, of course. Robin redbreast! Moose with antlers!

PERCY:
Sir! Be a lion-hearted prig!
Fill those pantaloons with light!

PRINCE:
I could dangle down a spangle ... out of sight.

PERCY:
Oh, yes! Be bold!

MAN:
When it's cold, slap on that wig.

MEN:
Draw your breeches in quite tight -

PERCY:
Even more so and your torso will ignite!

MAN:
Now smock your frock!

MAN:
Perfume your plume!

PRINCE:
I'll let my waistcoat swing!

MEN:
And the jungle will bow to its king!
La, but someone has to strike a pose
and bear the weight of well-tailored clothes!

PRINCE:
And that is why the Lord created men!

PRINCE, spoken:
Now, it's strange. There's nothing about it in the book of Genesis.

PERCY, spoken:
Genesis? Ah, but think, sir!

PERCY:
Adam was a gentleman in Eden.
Though his body was admired,
you will grant the adding of a fig leaf
was inspired!

PRINCE:
Oh, a fig leaf - just the job!

PERCY:
If you're out to make a splash, cheri,
do know your haberdashery!

MEN:
Buttons, buckles, ruffles, and lace

PERCY:
represent the human race!

MEN:
La, but someone has to strike a pose
and bear the weight of well-tailored clothes!
Each species needs a sex that's fated
to be highly decorated!
That is why the Lord created men!

[Thanks to Anne, Gavin for corrections]

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