William's Doll Lyrics

Mary Rodgers and Sheldon Harnick - William's Doll

[Performed by Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas]

When my friend William was five years old

He wanted a doll, to hug and hold

"A doll," said William, "is what I need

To wash and clean, and dress and feed

"A Doll to give a bottle to

And put to bed when day is through

And any time my doll gets ill

I'll take good care of it," said my friend Bill

A doll, a doll, William wants a doll

Don't be a sissy said his best friend Ed

Why should a boy want to play with a doll

Dolls are for girls said his cousin Fred

Don't be a jerk, said his older brother

"I know what to do," said his father to his mother

So his father bought him a basketball

A badminton set, and that's not all

A bag of marbles, a baseball glove

And all the things a boy would love

And Bill was good at every game

Enjoyed them all, but all the same

When Billy's father praised his skill

"Can I please have a doll now," said my friend Bill

A doll, a doll, William wants a doll

A doll, a doll, William wants a doll

Then William's grandma arrived one day

And wanted to know what he liked to play

And Bill said, "Baseball's my favorite game

I like to play, but all the same

"I'd give my bat and ball and glove

To have a doll that I could love"

"How very wise," his grandma said

Said Bill, "but everyone says this instead"

A doll, a doll, William wants a doll

A doll, a doll, William wants a doll

So William's grandma, as I've been told

Bought William a doll, to hug and hold

And William's father began to frown

But grandma smiled, and calmed him down

Explaining, William wants a doll

So when he has a baby someday

He'll know how to dress it, put diapers on double

And gently caress it to bring up a bubble

And care for his baby as every good father

Should learn to do

William has a doll, William has a doll

'Cause someday he is gonna be a father, too

William's Doll Lyrics From The Musical Free To Be You and Me


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