Listen to Why Can't the English? (Voice) song with lyrics from Marni Nixon

Why Can't the English? (Voice)

Marni Nixon18 Oct 1994

Why Can't the English? (Voice) Lyrics

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 sound


This is what the British population


Calls an elementary education


Oh sir I think you picked a poor example

Did I


Hear them down in chelesy square

Dropping he'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 yorkshire man or worse

Hear a cornishman converse

I'd rather hear a choir singing flat


Chickens cackling in a barn

Just like this one




I ask you Sir

What sort of word is that


It's aoow and gaarn 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 Scotch and the Irish leave you close to tears


There even are places where English completely



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 have taught their greek

In France every frenchman knows

His language made 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

And Hebrews learn it backwards

Which is absolutely frightening

Use proper English you're regarded as a freak

Why can't the English


Why can't the English learn to speak


Why Can't The English - Marni Nixon