Not for the Life of Me Lyrics

Broadway production (2002)
Thoroughly Modern Millie the Musical - Not for the Life of Me Lyrics

MILLIE
I STUDIED ALL THE PICTURES
 IN MAGAZINES AND BOOKS
I MEMORIZED THE SUBWAY MAP, TOO
IT’S ONE BLOCK NORTH TO MACY’S, 
AND TWO BLOCKS TO BROTHERS BROOKS
MANHATTAN, I PREPARED FOR YOU
YOU CERTAINLY ARE DIFF’RENT
FROM WHAT THEY HAVE BACK HOME,

WHERE NOTHIN’S OVER THREE STORIES HIGH
AND NO ONE’S IN A HURRY,
 OR WANTS TO ROAM
BUT I DO, THOUGH THEY WONDER WHY
THEY SAID I SOON BE GOOD AND LONELY
THEY SAID I WOULD SING THE HOMESICK BLUES



[Taking a train ticket from her pocket.]

SO I ALWAYS HAVE THIS TICKET IN MY POCKET,

A TICKET HOME IN MY POCKET
TO DO WITH AS I CHOOSE

[Tearing the ticket in two.]

BURN THE BRIDGE
BET THE STORE
BABY’S COMING HOME NO MORE,
NOT FOR THE LIFE OF ME
BREAK THE LOCK
POST MY BAIL
DONE MY TIME,
I’M OUT OF JAIL
NOT FOR THE LIFE OF ME
A LIFE THAT’S GOTTA BE MORE THAN A ONE –LIGHT TOWN,
WHERE THE LIGHTS ARE ALWAYS RED
GOTTA BE MORE THAN AN OLD GHOST TOWN,

WHERE THE GHOST AIN’T EVEN DEAD
CLAP-A-YOUR HANDS,
JUST-A-BECAUSE

DON’T YOU KNOW THAT WHERE I AM AIN’T
WHERE I WAS
NOT FOR THE LIFE OF ME
BOH-DOH-DEE-OH
NOT FOR THE LIFE OF
NOT FOR THE LIFE OF
NOT FOR THE LIFE OF ME!

[Thanks to Darci Faye for lyrics]

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