Cole Porter

Tom, Dick, or Harry

LYRIC

(Spoken intro)
[BAPTISTA]
Gentlemen, importune me no farther
For how firmly I am resolved you know;
That is, not bestow my youngest daughter
Before I have a husband for the elder

[BIANCA]
Ah, me!

(Verse)
[GREMIO]
I've made a haul in all the leading rackets
From which
Rip-roaring rich
I happen to be
And if thou wouldst attain the upper brackets
Marry me, marry me, marry me

[LUCENTIO]
My purse has yet to know a silver lining
Still lifeless
Is my wifeless
Family tree
But if for love unending thou art pining
Marry me, marry me, marry me

[HORTENSIO]
I come to thee a thoroughbred patrician
Still spraying
My decaying
Family tree
To give a social goose to thy position
Marry me, marry me, marry me
Marry me

[GREMIO AND LUCENTIO]
Marry me

[HORTENSIO]
Marry me

[GREMIO AND HORTENSIO]
Marry me

[LUCENTIO]
Marry me

[GREMIO]
Marry me

[GREMIO, HORTENSIO, AND LUCENTIO]
Marry me!

(Chorus)
[BIANCA]
I'm a maid who would marry
And will take with no qualm
Any Tom, Dick, or Harry
Any Harry, Dick, or Tom
I'm a maid mad to marry
And will take double-quick
Any Tom, Dick, or Harry
Any Tom, Harry, or Dick

[GREMIO]
I'm the man thou shouldst marry

[BIANCA]
Howdy, Pop!

[GREMIO]
Howdy, Mom!

[LUCENTIO]
I'm the man thou shouldst marry

[BIANCA]
Art thou Harry, Dick, or Tom?

[HORTENSIO]
I'm the man thou shouldst marry

[BIANCA]
Howdy, pal!

[HORTENSIO]
Howdy, chick!

[BIANCA]
Art thou Tom, Dick, or Harry?

[GREMIO, HORTENSIO, AND LUCENTIO]
Call me Tom, Harry, or Dick

[ALL]
I'm/She's a maid who would marry
And would no longer tarry
I'm/She's a maid who would marry
May my/her hopes not miscarry
I'm/She's a maid mad to marry
And will take double-quick
Any Tom, Dick, or Harry
Any Tom, Harry, or Dick

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About "Tom, Dick, or Harry"

This song is for the Shakespeare play within the Broadway musical Kiss Me Kate, in which Bianca ponders her choice of three suitors and laments that she can’t get married until her older sister does.

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