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COCK-EYED OPTIMIST, A fr "South Pacific" musical 1949 New York 1951 London film 1958 Richard Rodgers (m) Oscar Hammerstein II (l) 1949 as rec by Mary Martin w Salvatore Dell'Isola & his Orch (1949 stage production) also rec by- Mitzi Gaynor '55 Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians '58 Bing Crosby Stacey Kent Margaret Whiting When the sky is a bright canary yellow, I forget every cloud I've ever seen, So they called me a cock-eyed optimist, Immature and incurably green. I have heard people rant and rave and bellow That we're done and we might as well be dead, But I'm only a cock-eyed optimist, And I can't get it into my head. I hear the human race Has fallen on its face, And hasn't very far to go, But every whipoorwill Is selling me a bill, And telling me it just ain't so! I could say life is just a bowl of jello, And appear more intelligent than smart, But I'm stuck like a dope With a thing called hope, And I can't get it out of my heart, Not this heart! (Contributed by Peter Akers - September 2010)


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