Working - It's an Art Lyrics

2012 Revised Version
Working the Musical - It's an Art Lyrics

There's some as don't care
When they put down a plate
There's a sound
Not with me
When they move a chair
It'll scrape with a grate
On the ground
Not with me
I will have my hand right when I place a glass
Notice how I stand right as customers pass
Serve a demi-tasse
With a gesture so gentle
And do it again, 'til
It's near oriental!
(She hums a segment of "Un Bel Di" from "Madame Butterfly.")
It's an art
It's an art
To be a fine waitress
To see that you pleasure each guest
There's a twist to my wrist
When I bring your steak in
And watch how I take in
Your liver and bacon
It all needs to be stylish and smart
That's what makes it an art
I remember one day
As I do now and then
I had shakes
Down I went
There with my tray
Full of coffees and cordials and cakes
Down I went
But I kept my poise, not one guest heard me fall
Never made a noise, not one noise, food and all
If you have to crawl, you give 'em what they like
You carry your tray, like
It's almost ballet-like
(She sings a segment of Swan Lake)
It's an art
It's an art
To be a fine waitress
Each evening I treasure the test
Like tonight, there's a fight
'Cause they hired this busboy
This clothes-all-a-muss boy
The guests heard him cuss, boy!
Did we have a quick heart-to-heart
Even that is an art
Tips! Ha!
Tips are important
For people like captains and barmen
For them, it's a tip, see
For me, I'm a gypsy
Just toss me a coin
And I'll suddenly feel like I'm Carmen!
So on through the ulcer
The backache
The hot, sweaty feet
On you go
Through "Is your knife dull, sir?"
And "Madam wants what with her meat?"
On you go
Two AM approaches
The curtains descend
There among the roaches
My act's at an end
Ev'ry night I tend to find myself crying
There's no work so trying
Or so satisfying!
DELORES, spoken
I tell everyone that I'm a waitress and I'm proud!
If someone comes up to me, "Hey, you're terrific.
How come you're just a waitress?"
You know what I say to them?
I say "What, don't you think you deserve to be served by me?"
It's an art! (Miss!)
It's an art (Miss!)
To be a great waitress (Please take care of this)
To do without leisure or rest
(Can we have the check, please?)
So I zoom (Miss!)
Through the room (Miss!)
With a flair no one else has
(Bring some more of these!)
An air no one else has
I swear, no one else has my lilt (Miss!)
When I say (Miss!)
Á la carte (And another order to go)
You can see it gives me a glow
(My plate, miss! My cup, miss!)
Every time I prove I'm a pro
(I'm late, miss! Hurry up, miss!)
Maybe I'm not quite... (Miss!)
Michelangelo! (And a bag for my dog)
But I'm not just a waitress
(You were great, but I'm late)
I'm a one woman show!
(My check, please! My change, please!
C'mon, please, lady, let's go!)

[Thanks to Ashen S for the lyrics]

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