Bradley Cooper, Daisy Ridley At the Ballet cover

At the Ballet
by Bradley Cooper & Daisy Ridley
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Verse 1
Sheila:
Daddy always thought that he married beneath him
That's what he said, that's what he said
When he proposed he informed my mother
He was probably her very last chance
And though she was twenty-two
Though she was twenty-two
Though she was twenty-two
She married him
Verse 2
Life with my dad wasn't ever a picnic
More like a "come as you are."
When I was five I remember my mother
Dug earrings out of the car
I knew they weren't hers, but it wasn't
Something you'd want to discuss
He wasn't warm
Well, not to her
Well, not to us
Verse 3
But everything was beautiful at the ballet
Graceful men lift lovely girls in white
Yes,everything was beautiful at ballet
Hey! I was happy... at the ballet
Verse 4
spoken: That's when I started class
Verse 5
Up a steep and very narrow stairway
Verse 6
Sheila and Bebe:
To the voice like a metronome
Up a steep and very narrow stairway
Verse 7
Sheila: It wasn't paradise
Verse 8
Bebe: It wasn't paradise
Verse 9
Sheila and Bebe: It wasn't paradise
Verse 10
Sheila: But it was home
Verse 11
Bebe:
Mother always said I'd be very attractive
When I grew up, when I grew up
"Diff'rent," she said, "With a special something
And a very, very personal flair."
And though I was eight or nine
Though I was eight or nine
Though I was eight or nine
I hated her
Verse 12
Now, "Diff'rent" is nice, but it sure isn't pretty
"Pretty" is what it's about
I never met anyone who was "diff'rent"
Who couldn't figure that out
So beautiful I'd never lived to see
But it was clear
If not to her
Well then to me
Verse 13
Bebe and Maggie:
That everyone is beautiful at the ballet
Every prince has got to have his swan
Yes, everyone is beautiful at the ballet
Verse 14
Maggie: Hey!
Verse 15
Bebe: I was pretty
Verse 16
Sheila: At the ballet
Verse 17
Sheila, Bebe, and Maggie:
Up a steep and very narrow stairway
To the voice like a metronome
Up a steep and very narrow stairway
Verse 18
Maggie: It wasn't paradise
Verse 19
Bebe: It wasn't paradise
Verse 20
Sheila: It wasn't paradise
Verse 21
Sheila, Bebe, and Maggie: But it was home
Verse 22
Maggie:
I don't know what they were for or against, really, except each other. I mean, I was born to save their marriage but when my father came to pick my mother up at the hospital he said: "Well, I thought this was going to help. But I guess it's not." Anyway, I did have a fantastic fantasy life. I used to dance around the living room with my arms up like this. My fantasy was that it was an Indian Chief... And he'd say to me, "Maggie, do you wanna dance?" And I'd say, "Daddy, I would love to dance."
Verse 23
Bebe: But it was clear
Verse 24
Sheila: When he proposed
Verse 25
Maggie: That I was born to help their marriage and when
Verse 26
Sheila: That's what he said
Verse 27
Bebe: That's what she said
Verse 28
Maggie: I used to dance around the living room
Verse 29
Sheila: He wasn't warm
Verse 30
Bebe: Not to her
Verse 31
Maggie:
It was an Indian chief and he'd say
"Maggie, do you wanna dance?"
And I said, "Daddy, I would love to"
Everything was beautiful at the ballet
Raise your arms and someone's always there
Yes, everything was beautiful at the ballet
At the ballet
At the ballet!
Verse 32
Sheila, Bebe, and Maggie:
Yes everything was beautiful at the ballet.
Verse 33
Maggie: Hey!
Verse 34
Bebe: I was pretty
Verse 35
Sheila: I was happy
Verse 36
Maggie: "I would love to..."
Verse 37
Sheila, Bebe, and Maggie:
At the ballet

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