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Ambition (Tradition) Lyrics

TEVYE (spoken):
An actor in New York. Sounds crazy, no? But here in our little village of Manhattan,
there are over 50,000 actors, all trying their best not to end up in Baltimore. It isn't easy.
You may ask, "Why do we stay here if it's so competitive?" We stay because everyone else
is here. And what keeps us from ending up in Baltimore? That I can tell you in one word!!


Ambition, ambition!

Ambition, ambition!
(Drrrr ruh duh duh)

TEVYE (spoken):
Here in Manhattan we have our ambitions for everything. Opera, ballet, television, even
waiting on tables. For instance, we always wear these cute little bow ties, and carry these
side towels. This shows our constant devotion to... money!

MAN (sung):
I need so much money
For my rent, my phone and service
So I work all night
And never have the chance, hey!
To go and earn money
For my rent my phone and service
So I never have the time to sing and dance, hey!

TEVYE (spoken):
You may ask, "How did these ambitions get started?" I'll tell you. I don't know. But this
much I do remember.

When I was ten
I saw a show on TV
Saw a show on TV starring Gary Moore
I wrote and I asked him to put me on his show
But he said go ask Dinah Shore

Rejection, rejection!

Rejection, rejection!

When I went through puberty I was depressed
To see myself when I undressed
And so to modelling I acquiesed
Depression, depression!

Depression, depression!

At ten I was a pretty boy
At seventeen, a dream
I never had a pimple
So I do... commercials
Complexion, complexion

Complexion, complexion!

And when I was a child
Nobody looked my way
Until I got the lead
In my high school senior play
Attention, attention!

Attention, attention!

(All characters repeat their verses simutaneously)

Rejection, depression, complexion, attention!

TEVYE (spoken):
Ambition. Ambition. Without our ambitions,
our lives would be as crazy as... as an actor in New York!

Follow every rainbow
Til you find your dreams!

[Thanks to Garrett for lyrics]
Last Update: June, 10th 2013

Forbidden Broadway, Vols. 1-4 Lyrics

  1. Disc: 1
  2. Forbidden Broadway Lyrics 
  3. Non Plu Andral Lyrics 
  4. Don't Cry for Me, Argentina Lyrics 
  5. Annie's Favorite Showtune Lyrics 
  6. Pirates of Penzance Sequence Lyrics 
  7. Be a Catholic Lyrics 
  8. Triplets Lyrics 
  9. Bankable Stars Lyrics 
  10. I'm Entertainment Lyrics 
  11. Angela Lansbury Sequence/If the Show Had Run Past Labor Day Lyrics 
  12. Audition Sequence: Soliloquy from Carousel/I'm Sick of Playin [Excerpt] Lyrics 
  13. Merman & Martin Sequence: It's de-Lovely/My Heart Belongs to Daddy/Mu Lyrics 
  14. Carol Channing Sequence/Call on Carol/Dolly Is a Girl's Best Friend Lyrics 
  15. Ambition (Tradition) Lyrics
  16. Forbidden Broadway (Reprise) Lyrics 
  17. Disc: 2
  18. Opening and Who Do They Know? Lyrics 
  19. Forbidden Broadway, Vol. 2 Lyrics 
  20. Fugue for Scalpers Lyrics 
  21. Patti LuponeI / Get a Kick Out of Me Lyrics 
  22. Into the Woods/Weekend in the Country Lyrics 
  23. Annie 2 Lyrics
  24. Poor Butterfly Lyrics 
  25. Madonna's Brain Lyrics 
  26. Never, Never Panned Lyrics
  27. Somewhat Overindulgent Lyrics
  28. Chita-Rita Lyrics
  29. I Ham What I Ham Lyrics
  30. Hey, Bob Fosse Lyrics
  31. Almost Like Vegas in New York Lyrics 
  32. Teeny Todd Lyrics 
  33. Liza Lyrics 
  34. Ladies Who Screech Lyrics 
  35. Phantom of the Musical: Goldfinger/Lloyd Weber Lyrics 
  36. George M.! Lyrics 
  37. More Miserable Sequence Lyrics
  38. Finale Lyrics 
  39. Disc: 3
  40. Carol Channing Sequence: Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery Lyrics 
  41. Forbidden Broadway Vol. III Lyrics 
  42. Trouble in New York City Lyrics 
  43. Guys and Dolls Sequence: Guys and Dolls/I Know I've Seen This Show ... Lyrics 
  44. If I Sing It Slower Lyrics 
  45. On the Ashkebad, Tbusi and Kiev Express Lyrics 
  46. I Could Have Danced All Night Lyrics 
  47. Grand Hotel/I Can't Learn This Song Quite So Quickly/Follies Bergere Lyrics 
  48. Someday Lyrics 
  49. Dear Antonio/The Sounds of Shakespeare Lyrics 
  50. Everything's Coming Up Merman/Old Fashioned Ballad/There's Nobody ... Lyrics 
  51. Tonight Who Will Play Miss Saigon?. You Are Hallmark, I Postcard Lyrics 
  52. Put on Your Phony Vocie/All I Ask of You Lyrics 
  53. Camelounge Lyrics 
  54. Mess of the Spider Woman: Prologue/Come and See Me/Mess of the ... Lyrics 
  55. Back to Broadway Lyrics 
  56. Tell Me It's Not True/I Think I'm Acting/Downshow Lyrics 
  57. Scenery, Fly Me, Amplify Me/Listening to Us Lyrics 
  58. Finale: What Happened to Heart? Lyrics 
  59. Disc: 4
  60. Parody Tonight: Oh What a Beautiful Moron/One Foot More (With One Look) Lyrics 
  61. Show Boat Medley: P.C. Show Boat/Make Believe/Ol' Show Show Boat Lyrics 
  62. My Souvenir Things Lyrics 
  63. Elaine Stritch Lyrics 
  64. Big Lyrics 
  65. Bernadette and Mandy in So Miscast (Wunderbar and So in Love) Lyrics 
  66. King Is Her/Whistle a Sondheim Tune/Shall We Boink? Lyrics 
  67. Be Depressed Lyrics 
  68. Patti Lupone in Master Class/As If I Never Said Goodbye/Andrew ... Lyrics 
  69. You're the One I Want/Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee/There Are Worse Things Lyrics 
  70. Meow! I Hope I Get It (God I Hope I Get It) Lyrics 
  71. You Just Can't Sing Lyrics 
  72. Ann Reinking in Chicago Lyrics 
  73. Kiss Me Kate/Corrective Casting/Jerry and Liza Lyrics 
  74. Julie Hot Lyrics 
  75. Spoonful of Julie Lyrics 
  76. Tony Nominating Committee: Victor/Ignor-Ee-Ya Lyrics 
  77. Crazy Girl Lyrics 
  78. Rant Lyrics 
  79. Ouch! They're Tight Lyrics 
  80. Too Gay for You-Too Het'ro for Me Lyrics 
  81. Pretty Voices Singing: Think Punk Lyrics 
  82. Season of Hype Lyrics 
  83. This Ain't Boheme/Death and Resurrection Lyrics 
  84. Finale: Something Wonderful Lyrics 
  85. Encore-Ta-Ta Folks Lyrics 
  86. Exit Music: Julie the Star! Lyrics 

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