Malvolio's Tango Lyrics

MALVOLIO

MY LADY CALLS...?

OLIVIA

Malvolio?! Is that you?

MALVOLIO

DOES MY LADY BLUSH

TO SEE ME YELLOW IN MY LEG,

AFTER SHE WAS PURPLE IN HER PROSE?

DOES THE BLOOD NOT RUSH

TO BRING A CRIMSON TO HER CHEEK?

DOES SHE FEEL A TINGLE IN HER TOES,

AS I MIGHT

WERE THE STRAPS NOT SO TIGHT?

WHAT STRANGE NEW COLORS ARE THESE

THAT PASSION DARES TO PAINT?

ARE YOU FEELIHNG FAINT?

WELL, NEVER FEAR...

FOR HERE I AM,

READY TO BE COMMANDED,

PRIVY TO CERTAIN PREF'RENCES

YOU CUNNINGLY CONVEYED.

CLEARLY, MA'AM,

ALL IS TO BE COMMENDED.

AS YOU CAN SEE,

ORDERS WILL BE OBEYED.

OLIVIA

What's gotten into you, Malvolio?

MARIA

Why do you behave with such ridiculous boldness?

MALVOLIO

"BE NOT AFRAID,"

THAT'S WHAT SOMEONE ONCE TOLD ME.

I'M NOT AFRAID,

BUT I STILL MAY NEED SOMEONE TO HOLD ME.

YESTERDAY, THE TRUSTED SERVANT,

UNDER YOUR CONTROL,

WORTHY NOT TO TOUCH MY LADY'S GLOVE.

ALL AT ONCE I'M THRUST

INTO A MORE EXALTED ROLE,

LIFTED UP TO SERVE YOU FROM ABOVE,

OR BESIDE,

OR PERHAPS FROM ASTRIDE.

WHAT STRANGE NEW POSES ARE THESE

THAT SOON WE TWO MAY STRIKE?

USE ME AS YOU LIKE

I'M STILL YOUR SLAVE.

AND IF I SHOULD MISBEHAVE...

OLIVIA

I think perhaps you ought to go to bed, Malvolio.

MALVOLIO

To bed...? Ay, madam!

(sings)

HERE I AM,

READY TO DO YOUR BIDDING,

HAPPY TO HAVE YOUR PILLOWS FLUFFED,

YOUR LINES FRESHLY LAID.

DEAR, MY LAMB,

I WILL ARRANGE YOUR BEDDING.

CALL UPON ME -

ORDERS WILL BE OBEYED.

OLIVIA

Maria, go fetch Sir Toby and have him look to this fellow. The man requires some special kind of attention. He is very

important to this house and I would not risk losing him.

MALVOLIO

"Have Sir Toby look to this fellow," she said. Not "this man" or "this steward," but "fellow"...

(sings)

YESTERDAY THE LOWLY STEWARD AT THEIR BECK AND CALL,

SCAMP'RING OFF TO FETCH SIR TOBY'S TEA.

LITTLE DOES SIR TOBY KNOW HE'S RIDING FOR A FALL

AND FROM NOW ON HE WILL TEND TO ME.

TOBY

Malvolio, my niece has asked that I take special care of you.

MALVOLIO

I am aware. And I trust that some new accommodations have been prepared for me.

TOBY

It's been arranged.

MALVOLIO

Then you may conduct me thither.

(sings)

FATE TO SOME

DELIVERS THE LIFE THEY COVET.

ALL IT DEMANDS IS FEARLESSNESS

TO SEE YOUR FORTUNE MADE.

FEET GROW NUMB

BRAVELY, I THINK NOT OF IT

WHEN I RETIRE,

MY TOES MAY REQUIRE SOME AID.

BUT LUCKY FOR ME,

ORDERS WILL BE OBEYED.

Malvolio's Tango Lyrics From The Musical Illyria


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