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    "A Puzzlement" Lyrics

    Original Broadway Cast

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    When I was a boy, world was better spot
    What was so was so, what was not was not
    Now, I am a man, world have changed a lot
    Some things nearly so, others nearly not

    There are times I almost think
    I am not sure of what I absolutely know
    Very often find confusion
    In conclusion, I concluded long ago

    In my head are many facts
    That, as a student, I have studied to procure
    In my head are many facts
    Of which I wish I was more certain, I was sure
    Is a puzzlement

    What to tell growing son?
    What for instance, shall I say to him of women?
    Shall I educate him on the ancient lines?
    Shall I tell the boy as far as he is able
    To respect his wives and love his concubines?

    Shall I tell him everyone is like the other
    And the better of the two is really neither?
    If I tell him this I think he won't believe it
    And I nearly think that I don't believe it either

    When my father was a king
    He was a king who knew exactly what he knew
    And his brain was not a thing
    Forever swinging to and fro and fro and to

    Shall I, then be like my father
    And be willfully unmovable and strong?
    Or is it better to be right?
    Or am I right when I believe I may be wrong?

    Shall I join with other nations in alliance?
    If allies are weak, am I not best alone?
    If allies are strong with power to protect me
    Might they not protect me out of all I own?

    Is a danger to be trusting one another
    One will seldom want to do what other wishes
    But unless someday somebody trust somebody
    There'll be nothing left on earth excepting fishes

    There are times I almost think
    Nobody sure of what he absolutely know
    Everybody find confusion
    In conclusion, he concluded long ago

    And it puzzle me to learn
    That tho' a man may be in doubt of what he know
    Very quickly he will fight
    He'll fight to prove that what he does not know is so

    Oh, sometimes I think that people going mad
    Ah, sometimes I think that people not so bad
    But not matter what I think, I must go on living life
    As leader of my kingdom, I must go forth
    Be father to my children and husband to each wife
    Etcetera, etcetera and so forth

    If my Lord in Heaven Buddha, show the way
    Everyday I try to live another day
    If my Lord in Heaven Buddha, show the way
    Everyday I do my best for one more day

    But is a puzzlement
    This song was submitted on November 28th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © IMAGEM U.S. LLC.
    Written by Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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