Being Bouvier Lyrics

[Major Bouvier]

Being Bouvier

Means being a handsome chap

Golf with a handicap

Less than eight or nine

[Brooks](spoken)

Sir?

[Major Bouvier]

Being Bouvier

Means helping the working man

Voting Republican

Down the party line!

[Brooks](spoken)

Check!

[Major Bouvier]

Being Bouvier

Means being French Catholic

Married - if God says "stick," you stay.

And that's why they call me "Major,"

Forever, I'll wager.

My right as a ripe old-ager to say:

A major am I at being Bouvier

[Brooks](spoken)

But Major Bouvier, sir, the time-

[Major Bouvier](spoken)

All right, all right, I'm coming.

[Major Bouvier & Brooks]

Being Bouvier

[Brooks]

Means guiding your family.

[Major Bouvier]

Spending responsibly.

[Major Bouvier & Brooks]

Captain of the ship. Aye!

Being Bouvier

[Brooks]

Incarnates good character.

[Major Bouvier]

Prying my granddaughter

From her mother's grip!

Staunchly standing up

To pianists with lazy wrists.

[Major Bouvier & Brooks]

Holding the Socialists at bay!

[Major Bouvier]

To Hell with the damn New-Dealers!

[Brooks]

Free thinkers!

[Major Bouvier]

Free-mealers!

[Brooks]

The free-love fanatics!

[Major Bouvier]

The crackpot operatics

Of Edith, that blowzy sack of hay...

The worst of the brood at being Bouvier!

[Jackie & Lee](spoken)

Gran'pa! Gran'pa's here!

[Major Bouvier](spoken)

Jackie! Lee! And Edie... the last hope of the great Bouvier clan!

[Edie](spoken)

Oh, honestly-

[Major Bouvier](spoken)

I mean it! My sons, a pair of ne'er-do-wells. My daughter, an hysteric! Well, they say greatness always skips a generation.

Now it's up to you to burnish the family crest. Take a good look at it, children, and remember...

(sung)

This crest of our French royal provenance.

It took a while for it.

We paid a pile for it.

So don't end up spinsters and dilettantes.

The name "Bouvier"

Will surpass all others

All of your uncles, dads... and mothers.

[All]

Being Bouvier

Means leading the average Joes!

[Major Bouvier]

Honor!

[All]

When all else goes astray!

[Major Bouvier]

And thus with no more digressing

I give you my blessing

Be "staunch," little girl

I'm guessing some day

You, too, will become a major-

[Jackie, Lee, & Brooks]

Major-

[All]

Major Bouvier!

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