Adelaide's Lament [From

Adelaide's Lament [From "Guys and Dolls"] [Live]
Lyrics and Meaning


Song Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
The average unmarried female
Basically insecure
Due to some long frustration may react
With psychosomatic symptoms
Difficult to endure
Affecting the upper respiratory tract
Verse 2
In other words
Just from waiting around
For that little band of gold
A person can develop a cold
Verse 3
You can spray her wherever you figure
The streptococci lurk
You can give her a shot
For whatever she's got
But it just won't work
If she's tired of getting the fish-eye
From the hotel clerk
A person
Can develop a cold
Verse 4
The female remaining single, uh
Just in the legal sense, ahh
Shows a neurotic tendency
See note
Where's note? Uh
Verse 5
Chronic organic syndromes
Toxic and hypertense
Involving the eye,
The ear and the nose and throat
Oh, that's very interesting
Verse 6
In other words
Just from worrying
Whether the wedding is on or off
A person
Can develop a cough
Verse 7
You can feed her all day
With the Vitamin A
And the Bromo Fizz
But the medicine never
Gets anywhere near
Where the trouble is
If she's getting a kind
Of name for herself
And the name ain't "his"
A person
Can develop a cough
Verse 8
And further more
Just from stalling
And stalling and stalling
The wedding trip
A person
Can develop la grippe
Verse 9
When they get on a train For Niagara
And she can hear church bells chime
The compartment is air conditioned
And the mood sublime
They get off at Saratoga
For the fourteenth time
Well, a person
Can develop la grippe
La grippe, la post nasal drip
With the wheezes
And the sneezes
And a sinus that's really a pip
Verse 10
From a lack of community property
And a feeling she's getting too old
A person
Can develop a bad, a bad, a really, really bad cold
Verse 11
Ah, ah, ah ah achoo

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