Leonard Bernstein – What A Waste Lyrics

HE SAID THE WORLD WOULD
CHEER HER SOME DAY. GO HOME! GO WEST! CAME TO NEW YORK,
AIMED AT THE OPERA,
SING “RIGOLETTO” HIS WISH. GO WEST! NOW, HE PAINTS THOSE TOOTHPASTE ADS ON THE BUS! A MILLION KIDS JUST LIKE YOU
COME TO TOWN EVERY DAY
WITH STARS IN THEIR EYES. THEY’RE GOING TO CONQUER THE CITY,
THEY’RE GOING TO GRAB OFF THE PULITZER PRIZE,
BUT IT’S A TERRIBLE PITY,
BECAUSE THEY’RE IN FOR A BITTER SURPRISE. OH, WHY DID YOU EVER LEAVE OHIO? AND THEIR STORIES ALL FOLLOW ONE LINE,
LIKE HIS,
LIKE HIS,
LIKE MINE! GO HOME! WHAT A WASTE,
WHAT A WASTE,
WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME! BORN IN DULUTH,
NATURAL WRITER,
PUBLISHED AT SEVEN — GENIUS TYPE —
WROTE THE SCHOOL PLAY,
WROTE THE SCHOOL PAPER,
SUMMA CUM LAUDE — ALL OF THAT TRIPE —
CAME TO NEW YORK,
GOT ON THE STAFF HERE,
THIS WAS MY CHANCE TO BE HEARD. WELL, SINCE THEN I HAVEN’T WRITTEN A WORD. WHAT A WASTE,
WHAT A WASTE,
WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME! GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM! NOW, THEY WATCH HER FLIPPING FLAPJACKS AT CHILDS’. LEONARD BERNSTEINWhat A Waste Lyrics
GO HOME! WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME! KID FROM CAPE COD,
FISHERMAN’S FAMILY,
MARVELOUS SINGER — BIG BARITONE —
RENTED HIS BOAT,
PAID FOR HIS LESSONS,
STARVED FOR HIS STUDIES,
DOWN TO THE BONE. GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM! WHAT A WASTE,
WHAT A WASTE,
WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME! CAME TO NEW YORK — HAD AN EXHIBIT,
ART CRITICS MADE A BIG FUSS. GIRL FROM MOBILE,
VERSATILE ACTRESS,
TRAGIC OR COMIC,
ANY OLD PLAY,
SUFFERED AND STARVED,
MET STANISLAVSKY. AT THE FULTON MARKET NOW HE YELLS “FISH!”
WHAT A WASTE,
WHAT A WASTE, AH — FISH! MAN FROM DETROIT,
WONDERFUL ARTIST,
WENT TO PICASSO — PABLO SAID “WOW!”
SETTLED IN FRANCE,
BOUGHT HIM A BERET,
LIVED IN MONTMARTRE,
REALLY LEARNED HOW. CAME TO NEW YORK,
REPERTOIRE READY,
CHEKHOV’S AND SHAKESPEARE’S AND WILDE’S.