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Ya’ Don’t Hafta Be A Singer To Sing (w/ Georgia Engel)

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Ya’ Don’t Hafta Be A Singer To Sing
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Julia (Rubato)
Lily Tomlin
Gracie Allen
Carol Burnett
Lucille Ball
Tina Fey
Whoopie Goldberg
When it comes to comedy
Giants all

Sad to say
I’m just a singer
How I wish I could make ‘em laugh
But when it comes to comic timing
Guess you might say I’m just better at rhyming
Perhaps this funny business
Is just not my call

Georgia
(Spoken)
Ya’ don’t have to be a comic to make ‘em laugh, Julia.
Like you always say, “Ya’ don’t have to be a singer to sing.” Being a
comedienne is a lot like being a singer.
Just make the best of what cha got!

Julia
(Spoken)

But women like Gilda Radner and Bea Arthur are just naturally funny. And
Betty White … and Ellen Degeneres …
Julia (Continues and sings)
Now take me, for instance, Georgia
I ain’t exactly Madeline Kahn
And I could go on and on (As you know …)
But I manage to get a few laughs in each of my shows
So I thought I’d come to you
I just had to resort to a little support from a friend

Georgia
I’m here for ya’, girl.

Ya’ know, when I’m with you just hangin’ ‘round
Don’t cha know, we laugh all the time
And the truth of it is
You’re just as funny as you can be
Julia
I know …
I’m a natural ham
A rattlebrain is what I am
Therein lies the funniest facet of me
Now I see!
Yes a natural ham
A rattlebrain is what I am
So I make the best
With whatever it is I be
Right?

Georgia
Now ya’ got it!

Julia
It’s like you say I always say …
Ya’ don’t hafta be a singer to sing
Georgia
That’s right!
Anyone can do it in the shower
It just takes a dash of courage
To get over your reserve
A tablespoon of confidence
And a bucket full of nerve

You don’t hafta have a great big voice
Or God’s gift of rhythm in your soul
But at least ya’ got to know enough to carry a tune
Dare to stick it out there past the fear an’ get a grip
Both
Have the stuff to get up on that stage an’ let ‘er rip
But ya’ don’t hafta be a singer to sing

Ya’ don’t hafta be a singer to sing

Georgia
Now take me for instance, Julia
I ain’t exactly Maria Callas
And I never played the Palace
But I’ve managed to croon a few tunes on ol’ Broadway
Now my range is kinda short
So I sometimes resort to a little support from a friend
Julia
I’m here for ya’, girl.

Georgia
Ya’ see most of my notes are so remote
That, to me, I sound like a Billie goat
But I’ll tell ya’ my secret
If you promise to never tell

I got four good notes
An’ none of them’s a money note
But beyond that,
It all sounds to me like a yelp
That’s right!
I got four good notes
An’ none of them’s a money note
But beyond that, girl
I probably need some help
Julia
But remember Georgia …
Ya’ don’t hafta be a singer to sing
Georgia & Julia
Trading lines
Yeah …
Anyone can do it in the shower
It just takes a dash of courage
To get over your reserve
A tablespoon of confidence
And a bucket full of nerve

You don’t hafta have a great big voice
Or God’s gift of rhythm in your soul
But at least ya’ got to know enough to carry a tune
Dare to stick it out there past the fear an’ get a grip
Both
Have the stuff to get up
On that stage
An’ let ‘er rip
But ya’ don’t hafta be a singer to sing

Ya’ don’t hafta be a singer to sing
Georgia
Well here goes …

If yer tryin’ to be a singer
Baby ya’ gotta want it
If ya’ got it
Better flaunt it
Whatever it is ya’ got
Both
If ya’ think you can swing it
An’ yer out there tryin’ to wing it
Don’t think twice, just bring it!
Whatever it is ya’ got

So what if ya’ ain’t got the chops
Ya’ can’t be afraid of the flops
They ain’t gonna call the cops
So pull out all them stops and give it
Whatever it is ya’ got

No ya’ don’t hafta be a singer
Don’t hafta be a singer
Don’t hafta be a singer
To siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing
So siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing!

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