IT'S NOT WHERE YOU START From the Broadway Musical "Seesaw" (1973) (Cy Coleman / Dorothy Fields) Tommy Tune & Company (Broadway Production) - 1973 Shirley MacLaine - 1976 Barbara Cook - 1993 Also recorded by: Maggie Worsdale; Lyric Theatre Singers. It's not where you start, it's where you finish It's not how you go, it's how you land A hundred to one shot, you call him a clutz Can out run the favorite, all he needs is the guts Your final return will not diminish And you can be the cream of the crop It's not where you start, it's where you finish And you're gonna finish on top If you start at the top, you're certain to drop You've got to watch your timing, better begin by climbing Up, up, up the ladder If you're going to last, you can't make it fast, man Nobody starts a winner, give me a slow beginner Easy does it my friend, conserve your fine endurance Easy does it my friend, for that's your life insurance While you are young, take it rung after rung after rung after rung after rung after rung after rung after rung It's not where you start, it's where you finish, It's not how you go, it's how you land A hundred to one shot, you call him a clutz Can out run the favorite, all he needs is the guts Your final return will not diminish And you can be the cream of the crop It's not where you start, it's where you finish And you're gonna finish on top! (Contributed by - September 2007)