Once Upon a Time in
New York City



From: Oliver & Company
Music: Barry Mann
Lyrics: Howard Ashman
Performed by: Huey Lewis


Now it's always once upon a time
In New York City
It's a big old, bad old, tough old town, it's true
But beginnings are contagious there
They're always setting stages there
They're always turning pages there for you

Ain't it great the way it all begins
in New York City?
Right away you're making time and making friends
No one cares where you were yesterday
If they pick you out you're on your way
To a once upon a time that never ends

So, Oliver, don't be shy
Get out there, let go and try
Believing that you're the guy
They're dying to see
'Cause a dream's no crime
Not once upon a time
Once upon a time in New York City

If it's always once upon a time
In New York City
Why does nightfall find you feeling so alone?
How could anyone stay starry eyed
When it's raining cats and dogs outside
And the rain is saying, "Now you're on your own"?

So, Oliver, don't be scared
Though yesterday no one cared
They're getting your place prepared
Where you want to be
Keep your dream alive
Dreaming is still how the strong survive
Once upon a time in New York City

Keep your dream alive
Dreaming is still how the strong survive
Once upon a time in New York City
Keep your dream alive
Dreaming is still how the strong survive
Once upon a time in New York City
And it's always once upon a time
In New York City


Why Should I Worry?

From: Oliver & Company
Written by: Dan Hartman & Charlie Midnight
Performed by: Billy Joel [Dodger]


One minute I'm in Central Park
Then I'm down on Delancey Street
From the Bow'ry to St Marks
There's a syncopated beat

Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo
I'm streetwise
I can improvise
Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo
I'm streetsmart
I've got New York City heart

Why should I worry?
Why should I care?
I may not have a dime
But I got street savoire faire
Why should I worry?
Why should I care?
It's just bebopulation
And I got street saviore faire

The rhythm of the city
But once you get it down
Then you can own this town
You can wear the crown

Why should I worry?
Why should I care?
I may not have a dime
But I got street savoire faire
Why should I worry?
Why should I care?
It's just bebopulation
And I got street saviore faire

Ev'rything goes
Ev'rything fits
They love me at the Chelsea
They adore me at the Ritz

Why should I worry?
Why should I care?
And even when I cross that line
I got street savoire faire
Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo


Streets of Gold



From: Oliver & Company
Music: Tom Snow
Lyrics: Dean Pitchford
Performed by: Ruth Pointer [Rita]


Now listen up
You've got a lot to learn
And if you don't learn you don't eat
But if you're tough
And always use your head
You'll feel right at home on the street
When you've got talent ev'rything is free
Watch how we do things, oooh, I guarantee

You're gonna see how the best survive
We make an art out of staying alive
If you do just as you're told
These are streets of gold
Ev'ry boulevard is a miracle mile
You'll take the town and you'll take it with style
If you play it brave and bold
These are streets of gold

To live from week to week
You need technique
So you practice ev'ry day
The only rule is:
Thou shalt not get caught
Get what you can and then get away
Remember all the places you can hide
Remember we are always on your side

You're gonna see how the best survive
We make an art out of staying alive
If you do just as you're told
These are streets of gold
Ev'ry boulevard is a miracle mile
You'll take the town and you'll take it with style
If you play it brave and bold
These are streets of gold

When you've got talent ev'rything is free
Watch how you do things, oooh, I guarantee
You're gonna see how the best survive
We make an art out of staying alive
If you do just as you're told
These are streets of gold
Ev'ry boulevard is a miracle mile
You'll take the town and you'll take it with style
If you play it brave and bold
These are streets of gold


Perfect Isn't Easy



From: Oliver & Company
Music: Barry Manilow
Lyrics: Jack Feldman & Bruce Sussman
Performed by: Bette Midler [Georgette]


Girl, we've got work to do
Pass me the paint and glue
Perfect isn't easy
But it's me
When one knows the world is watching
One does what one must
Some minor adjustments, darling
Not for my vanity
But for humanity

Each little step a pose
See how the breeding shows
Sometimes it's too much for even me
But when all the world says, "Yes"
Then who am I to say "No"?
Don't ask a mutt to strut like a show girl
No, girl, you need a pro

Not a flea or a flaw
Take a peek at that paw
La la la la
Perfection becomes me, nest ce pas?
Unrivaled, unruffled
I'm beauty unleashed
Yeah!
Jarred rock, hard stock
So classc and classy
We're not talking Lassie

And Ah! Ah! Ooo. . .
Tho' many covet my bone and bowl
They're barking up the wrong tree
You pretty pups all over the city
I have your hearts and you have my pity
Pretty is nice but still
It's just pretty
Perfect, my dears
Is me


Good Company


From: Oliver & Company
Written by: Robert Minkoff and Ron Rocha
Performed by: Myhanh Tran [Jennifer]


You and me together we'll be
Forever you'll see
We two can be good company
You and me
Yes, together we two
Together, that's you
Forever with me
We'll always be good company
You and me
Yes, together we'll be

You and me
Together we'll be
Forever, you'll see
We'll always be good company
You and me
Just wait and see


Buscando Guayaba



From:  Oliver & Company
Written by: Ruben Blades
Performed by: Ruben Blades


Me fui pa, I monte, buscando guayaba
Por la vereda del ocho y el dos
Y aunque econtre una casa dorada
Esa guayaba, no la hallaba yo
Mucho he buscado por todo el mundo
Y nunca, nunca pude encontrar
Una guayaba que me gustara, y detuviera mi caminar
Y aunque econtre una casa dorada
Esa guyaba no pude hallar
Bucando guayaba ando yo
Que tenga sabor, que tenga mendo

{The following is a literal English translation}

I have gone pa (dad), in search of guavas
Through the alleys of eight and two
And even though I've found a golden house
That guava, I could not find
I've searched a lot all over the world
And never, never found
One guava that I liked, and stopped my walking
And even though I found a golden house
That guava I was not able to find

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