Enjoy This Old Chestnut from Oz!

If I Were King of the Forest
from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz,
with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Yip Harburg

If I were King of the Forest,
Not queen, not duke, not prince.

My regal robes of the forest,
would be satin, not cotton, not chintz.

I’d command each thing, be it fish or fowl.
With a woof and a woof and a royal growl – woof.

As I’d click my heel, all the trees would kneel.
And the mountains bow and the bulls kowtow.
And the sparrow would take wing
If I,  If I, were King!

Each rabbit would show respect to me.
The chipmunks genuflect to me.

Though my tail would lash,
I would show compash
For every underling!
If I, If I, were King!


About Don Segal

See Commentary, Photos, Drawings and Poetry on my blog at donsegal.wordpress.com.
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One Response to Enjoy This Old Chestnut from Oz!

  1. Judith Ward says:

    Ah ha; you found the Oz quote; from movie, not book,eh?

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