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Lyrical Life: West Side Story

When I was really young, we watched a lot of American musicals.  It seems odd at first glance, but I think my parents, actually my dad, probably loved musicals so much because they were very similar to Bollywood movies.  In the very early 80s, finding a Bollywood video was not an easy feat.  So I guess he made due with movie versions like Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and, of course, West Side Story.

The song "America" in West Side Story made my dad laugh really hard and I never quite knew why.  I just remember how gorgeous Rita Moreno was in that number and how much I wanted to be JUST LIKE her when I grew up.  Now that I think about it, I probably liked her so much because she was one of the only famous faces at the time that I had a remote shot of looking like as an adult.

I watched the video on YouTube the other day and started giggling.

I get it now, Dad. It is a funny song.

Anyway.  It's a great little number. Enjoy.

I like to be in America!
O.K. by me in America!
Ev'rything free in America
(For a small fee in America!)

- "America", Stephen Sondheim