Overture - Why Can't The English

Julie Andrews2011年11月22日


Overture - Why Can't The English - Julie Andrews

Look at her a prisoner of the gutter


Condemned by every syllable she utters


By right she should be taken out and hung


For the cold-blooded murder of the English tongue



Heavens what a noise

This is what the British population


Calls an elementary education

Come sir I think you picked a poor example

Did I


Hear them down in Soho square

Dropping "h's" everywhere

Speaking English anyway they like


You sir did you go to school

Wadaya tike me for a fool

No one taught him 'take' instead of 'tike'


Hear a Yorkshireman or worse

Hear a Cornishman converse

I'd rather hear a choir singing flat


Chickens cackling in a barn


Just like this one here



I ask you sir what sort of word is that


It's "Aaoooww" and

"Garn" that keep her in her place


Not her wretched clothes and dirty face


Why can't the English teach

Their children how to speak

This verbal class distinction by now

Should be antique


If you spoke as she does sir

Instead of the way you do

Why you might be selling flowers too

I beg your pardon

An Englishman's way of

Speaking absolutely classifies him


The moment he talks he

Makes some other Englishman despise him

One common language

I'm afraid we'll never get

Oh why can't the English learn to

Set a good example to people whose

English is painful to your ears


The Scots and the Irish leave you close to tears


There even are places where

English completely disappears


In America they haven't used it for years


Why can't the English teach

Their children how to speak


Norwegians learn Norwegian

The Greeks are taught their Greek

In France every Frenchman

Knows his language from "A" to "Zed"


The French never care what they do

Actually as long as they pronounce it properly


Arabians learn Arabian with

The speed of summer lightning

The Hebrews learn it backwards

Which is absolutely frightening

But use proper English

And you're regarded as a freak

Why can't the English


Why can't the English learn


To Speak



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