Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm

Song Title : Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm

Show Name : How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Character Name : Rosemary

Gender : Female

Age : Adult

Vocal Part : Alto

Range : C4-Eb5

Style : Ballad

Mood : Romantic, Comedic, Flirtatious

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Rosemary, a young secretary, dreams of a future living with Finch, a window cleaner.

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New Rochelle, New Rochelle,
That’s the place where the mansion will be
For me and the darling bright young man
I’ve picked out for marrying me.

He’ll do well, I can tell.
So it isn’t a moment too soon
To plan on my life in New Rochelle,
The wife of my darling tycoon.

I’ll be so happy to keep his dinner warm
While he goes onward and upward;
Happy to keep his dinner warm
Till he comes wearily home from down town.

I’ll be there waiting until his mind is clear
While he looks through me, right through me;
Waiting to say, “Good evening, dear.
I’m pregnant. What’s new with you from down town?”

Oh, to be loved by a man I respect;
To bask in the glow of his perfectly understandable neglect.
Oh, to belong in the aura of his frown–darling busy frown.
Such heaven–

Wearing the wifely uniform
While he goes onward and upward.
Happy to keep his dinner warm
Till he comes wearily home from down town.

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