Friday, December 03, 2004

"why can't a woman be more like a man?"

Loved this song from “My Fair Lady” Liked all the songs in this movie. “With a little bit of luck” is damn funny.

"HIGGINS
What in all of heaven could've promted her to go,
After such a triumph as the ball?
What could've depressed her;
What could've possessed her?
I cannot understand the wretch at all.

Women are irrational, that's all there is to that!
There heads are full of cotton, hay, and rags!
They're nothing but exasperating, irritating,
vacillating, calculating, agitating,
Maddening and infuriating hags!
[To Pickering]
Pickering, why can't a woman be more like a man?
PICKERING
Hmm?
HIGGINS
Yes...
Why can't a woman be more like a man?
Men are so honest, so thoroughly square;
Eternally noble, historic'ly fair;
Who, when you win, will always give your back a pat.
Well, why can't a woman be like that?
Why does ev'ryone do what the others do?
Can't a woman learn to use her head?
Why do they do ev'rything their mothers do?
Why don't they grow up- well, like their father instead?
Why can't a woman take after a man?
Men are so pleasant, so easy to please;
Whenever you are with them, you're always at ease.
Would you be slighted if I didn't speak for hours?
PICKERING
Of course not!
HIGGINS
Would you be livid if I had a drink or two?
PICKERING
Nonsense.
HIGGINS
Would you be wounded if I never sent you flowers?
PICKERING
Never.
HIGGINS
Well, why can't a woman be like you?
One man in a million may shout a bit.
Now and then there's one with slight defects;
One, perhaps, whose truthfulness you doubt a bit.
But by and large we are a marvelous sex!
Why can't a woman take after like a man?
Cause men are so friendly, good natured and kind.
A better companion you never will find.
If I were hours late for dinner, would you bellow?
PICKERING
Of course not!
HIGGINS
If I forgot your silly birthday, would you fuss?
PICKERING
Nonsense.
HIGGINS
Would you complain if I took out another fellow?
PICKERING
Never.
HIGGINS
Well, why can't a woman be like us?
[To Mrs. Pearce]
Mrs. Pearce, you're a woman...
Why can't a woman be more like a man?
Men are so decent, such regular chaps.
Ready to help you through any mishaps.
Ready to buck you up whenever you are glum.
Why can't a woman be a chum?
Why is thinking something women never do?
Why is logic never even tried?
Straight'ning up their hair is all they ever do.
Why don't they straighten up the mess that's inside?
Why can't a woman behave like a man?
If I was a woman who'd been to a ball,
Been hailed as a princess by one and by all;
Would I start weeping like a bathtub overflowing?
And carry on as if my home were in a tree?
Would I run off and never tell me where I'm going?
Why can't a woman be like me?"

14 comments:

s! said...

wow, i got first comment! :-)

s! said...

i really liked the book and the movie too.. a throwback to the early Hollywood, when movies were so uncomplicated!

despiteme said...

WOW...that sure brought back memories! when i was 16 my entire English Class had to memorize that entire thing for our choral speaking competition. Our school was one of the few schools that actually ran choral speaking competitions and every class competed against each other. We were runners up in our age category that year. And as i read that entire blog...the words (and the intonations and expressions) just came flooding back. That was indeed a sweet rush of memories...thanks gal..that was really nice!

makash said...

i so want to watch the movie :(
i have read the book ( the movie version )
and audrey hepburn is ................

i don't have words to describe what i feel.

Anbu said...

The song in HUM TUM-"Ladkiyan kyon ladkon see nahin hote" outlined why gals are not like men.A very nice song.

Anonymous said...

Aaila bole to pura ka pura dialogie chep diya......apun ko yeh angreji movie ke gane samjah main nahi aate......khas kar.....kya bolte hain usko.....musicals......Bohot jhilaoon movie hain bap...."MY FAIR LADY".......dekhne ke bad laga, do lagaoon kan ke niche....director ke.......

manuscrypts said...

saw it a long time back... but liked the song anyways.. :)

:: S-a-t-z :: said...

Sounds interesting.. I shd watch this movie;)

Dreamcatcher said...

I am supposed to be writing a paper on "Pygmalion" as i write this and it was sheer coincidence that you blogged on this.
The movie is wonderful, also like her"isn it luverly" song.

Pallavi said...

I loved Pygmallion !!

Anonymous said...

You should listen to the one called "If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life... never make a pretty woman your wife".

Anonymous said...

That comment was mine...

Amol Hatwar
http://hatwar.org/epilogue

lilrascal said...

ladki kyun, na jane kyun, ladkon si nahin hote..hope i got that right. i love reading what you write...absolute brilliance, you were my inspiration to start blogging...thank u

divya said...

cos women are special how can they be like men?
cos its a women who can find joy in flowers and smile at small little things..she is sensitive but she is not weak