When The Idle Poor Become The Idle Rich lyrics

- Finian's Rainbow

When The Idle Poor Become The Idle Rich lyrics

When The Idle Poor Become The Idle Rich

SHARON
When de idle poor
Become the idle rich
You'll never know
just who is who
or who is which
Won't it be rich
When everyone's poor relative
Becomes a "Rockefellative",
and pans no longer itch
What a switch!

FEMALE ENSEMBLE
When we all have Ermine
And have plastic teeth
How will we determine
Who's who underneath?

MALE ENSEMBLE
And when all your neighbours
are upper class
- You won't know your 'georges'
from your 'astors'.

SHARON
Let's toast the day
The day we drink that drinkie up
But with a little pinkie up.

COMPANY
The day on which
The idle poor
Become the idle rich

SHARON
When a rich man doesn't want to work
He's a bon vivant.

COMPANY
Yes, he's a bom vivant.

SHARON
But when a poor man doesn't want to work,
He's a laughter, he's a lounger
he's a lazier good for nothing

COMPANY
He's a jerk!

SHARON
When a rich man looses on a horse
Oh, isn't he the sport!

COMPANY
Oh, isn't he the sport!

SHARON
When a poor man looses on a horse
He's a gambler, he's a spender
He's a low life, he's a reason for divorce!

When a rich man chases after dames
He's a man about town,
A man about town.
But when a poor man chases after dames
He's a bounder, he's a rounder
He's a rotter, and a lot of dirty names!

COMPANY
You'll never know
just who is which.
When de idle poor
Become the idle rich.

SHARON
When de idle poor
Become the idle rich

COMPANY
When de idle poor
Become the idle rich
You'll never know
just who is who
or who is which.

SHARON
No one will see
The Irish or the Slav in you
'cause when you're on Park Avenue
Cornelius and Mike
Look alike

FEMALE ENSEMBLE
When poor tweedle Doe
This rich tweedle Dee

COMPANY
This discrimination will no longer be.

MALE ENSEMBLE
When we leave undone
and out of the nuts

SHARON
You won't know your banker.
from your but...ler.
Let's make the switch.
With just a few annuities
We'll hide those incongruities
With clothes from Abercrombie Fitch

FEMALE ENSEMBLE I
Wheeeeeeeeeen de idle poor

FEMALE ENSEMBLE II
Wheeeeeeen become the

MALE ENSEMBLE
Wheeeeeeeen idle rich

COMPANY
When de idle poor
Become the idle rich

[Thanks to Steve for corrections]
Last Update: April, 26th 2015


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