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GUEST,ClaireBear I Need a Good Duet!!! (31) Lyr Add: OH HAPPY WE (Richard Wilbur, L Bernstein) 03 Jun 05

For a different take on love duets, take a look at the marriage duet ("Oh Happy We") from Bernstein's Candide, lyrics by Richard Wilbur. It's got a beautiful tune, and oh, the words!

I grabbed these lyrics from a blog, so not sure they're accurate or complete, but they will give you the general idea:

(CANDIDE) Soon, when we feel we can afford it,
We'll build a modest little farm.
(CUNEGONDE) We'll buy a yacht and live aboard it,
Rolling in luxury and stylish charm.
(CANDIDE) Cows and chickens.
(CUNEGONDE) Social whirls.
(CANDIDE) Peas and cabbage.
(GUNEGONDE) Ropes of pearls.

(CANDIDE) Soon there'll be little ones beside us;
We'll have a sweet Westphalian home.
(CUNEGONDE) Somehow we'll grow as rich as Midas;
We'll live in Paris when we're not in Rome.
(CANDIDE) Smiling babies.
Marble halls.
(CANDIDE) Sunday picnics.
(CUNEGONDE) Costume balls.

Oh, won't my robes of silk and satin
Be chic! I'll have all that I desire.
(CANDIDE) Pangloss will tutor us in Latin
And Greek, while we sit before the fire.
(CUNEGONDE) Glowing rubies.
(CANDIDE) Glowing logs.
(CUNEGONDE) Faithful servants.
(CANDIDE) Faithful dogs.

(CUNEGONDE) We'll round the world enjoying high life,
All bubbly pink champagne and gold.
(CANDIDE) We'll lead a rustic and a shy life,
Feeding the pigs and sweetly growing old.
(CUNEGONDE) Breast of peacock.
(CANDIDE) Apple pie.
(CUNEGONDE) I love marriage.
(CANDIDE) So do I.

(CUNEGONDE, CANDIDE) Oh, happy pair! Oh, happy we!
It's very rare how we agree.
Oh, happy pair! Oh, happy we!
It's very rare how we agree.

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