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Why Does the Whole Damn World Adore Me?

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Why Does the Whole Damn World Adore Me? Song Lyrics

Sherry! Cast
Sherry! Soundtrack - Musical, 2004
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Why Does the Whole Damn World Adore Me? SHERRY
At night when all my daily battles have been fought
And I lie in my private domain,
This is the sort of philosophic thought
That pops into my unsurpassed but over burdened brain:

Why does the whole damn world adore me?
I'm just an insignificant genius, nothing more
I'd give my soul if they'd ignore me
You'd think the simple simons had never seen a Renaissance Man before

Where do they get the pathetic illusion
That I care to be their cup of tea?
I've reached a sad but true conclusion
That it's absolutely deplorable
To be as downright adorable as me!

Day after day, week after week,
Why do they shout? Why do they shriek,
"Mr. Whiteside, Mr. Whiteside
Can we help it if our admiration shows?"
"You're as great as Guy Lombardo,
Norman Rockwell, Edgar Guest and Major Bowes!"

These people could give bad taste a bad name...

Why does the whole damn world admire me?
I never said I wanted to join the human race
Why do these dowagers desire me?
I don't know why they're making a fuss,
I'm just another attractive face

I'm quite content having dinner with Schweitzer
On the grass with our plates on our knees
But I refuse to eat a bite, sir
With a pack of cackling biddies
Or a bunch of blithering idiots like these!

Week after week, year after year,
What do I hate? What do I hear?
"Mr. Whiteside, have some bourbon!
My ol' daddy made it right here on the ranch!"
"Howdy doody, Mr. Whiteside!
How'd you like to meet my darlin' daugher Blanche?"

I wouldn't like that at all. Perhaps something in a smaller size.

Why does the whole damn world revere me?
I'm sick and tired of letting them worship at my shrine
It's such a bore when morons cheer me
I've almost reached a point
Where I wish I were a little bit less divine

The simple facts are so clear and revealing
That I'm finally forced to agree
I must be pretty damned appealing
To inspire the clamorous masses
To behave like amorous asses over me!

But must I hear their rude refrain
Filling my head, filling my brain:
"Mr. Whiteside, Mr. Whiteside,
Tell us how much gin and how much dry vermouth"
"Mr. Whiteside, Mr. Whiteside,
Make us cultured, make us clever, make us couth!"
"Mr. Whiteside, Mr. Whiteside,
Won't you share the secret of your sorcery?"
Gentle readers, here's my secret
In one magic word:

[Thanks to John for lyrics]
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Song title Artist name
Overture  add Sherry! Cast
Why Does the Whole Damn World Adore Me? Sherry! Cast
Whiteside's Prayer Sherry! Cast
In the Very Next Moment Sherry! Cast
Crockfield  add Sherry! Cast
Maybe It's Time for Me  add Sherry! Cast
How Can You Kiss Those Good Times Goodbye  add Sherry! Cast
With This Ring With This Ring Video add Sherry! Cast
Sherry Sherry Video add Sherry! Cast
Alas, Lorraine/Au Revoir  add Sherry! Cast
The Proposal Duet/Listen, Cosette  add Sherry! Cast
I Always Stay at the Ritz  add Sherry! Cast
Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Video add Sherry! Cast
Putty in Your Hands  add Sherry! Cast
Imagine That Imagine That Video add Sherry! Cast
The Preen Beguine  add Sherry! Cast
Marry the Girl Myself  add Sherry! Cast
Putty in Your Hands (Reprise)  add Sherry! Cast
Harriet Sedley  add Sherry! Cast
Au Revoir (Reprise)  add Sherry! Cast
Whiteside's Prayer (Reprise)/Finale  add Sherry! Cast
Bows  add Sherry! Cast

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