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Welcome to Sammy Smile Music LLC, the publishing entity for the songs and musicals of Neil Fishman and Harvey Edelman. This site features a range of songs including our catalog of theatrical properties that are available for production. Previously produced in schools, universities, regional theater, music halls, dinner theaters, and cabarets, throughout the United States, from Off-Broadway in New York and beyond, these musicals have delighted a wide range of audiences young and old. Complete sets of scripts, vocal scores, and orchestrations, are available for performance. Two of our musicals, “Spin - The Rumpelstiltskin Musical” and “Puss In Boots a Musical” are available as complete multicast recordings on audiobook, published by Harper Audio.

 PUSS IN BOOTS A MUSICAL – SONG LYRICS

Music by Neil Fishman                  Lyrics by Harvey Edelman

© 2019 by Sammy Smile Music LLC. All Rights Reserved

 

WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY

I, the farmer of this hamlet,

Being of sound mind and body,

Do hereby bequeath all my worldly possessions to my loyal sons…

As follows…

 

To Maurice, my very first born,

I leave my land so you can grow some sweet corn,

My tools to help you farm and oh of course,

For fertilizer, yes… my horse.

 

With these possessions, you can make a life,

Perhaps find a wife,

Someday raise a child or two,

And tell them ‘bout the grampa they never knew… never knew.

 

Where there’s a will there’s a way,

Where there’s a try there’s a do,

Oh please believe me, your diligence will pay,

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

 

Where there’s a horse, there’s a plow,

With land and sweat off my brow,

I’ll grow some barley, and make a little hay,

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

 

To Lawrence, my second child,

I leave my grazing land where grass grows wild,

And my goat, two chickens and my sow,

For fertilizer, yes… my cow.

 

With these possessions you can make a life,

Perhaps find a wife,

Someday raise a child or two,

And tell them ‘bout the grampa they never knew… never knew.

 

Where there’s a cow, there is milk,

Sweet tasting butter like silk,

I’ll make some ice cream, perhaps a nice parfait,

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

 

To Clarence, my final offspring,

I’m afraid what’s left is next to nothing,

But so I am not forced to leave you flat,

I leave a farthing, and… our cat.

 

With these possessions, you can make a life,

Perhaps find a wife,

Someday raise a child or two,

And tell them ‘bout the grampa they never knew… never knew.

 

I’ve got the will, where’s the way?

Hate to complain, what the hey?

You drew the short straw,

What more can we say,

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way,

     Yes, my sons!

Where there’s a try, there’s a do,

     You tell ‘em kiddos,

We got the good stuff,

At least we’ll be okay,

Where there’s a will,

     Pop, are you ok?

Where there’s a will…  

Pop!! I think he’s gone.

I’m afraid so.

So sad.

Now where were we?

 

Where there’s a will there’s a way,

     But what about dad?

Where there’s a try, there’s a do,

     What’s wrong with you two?

We got the good stuff, no need to pine away

     Guys?!

Where there’s a will

Where there’s a will

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

 

CHAPTER 1 DITTY

Hear ye!  Hear ye! Our story now begins,

No time for violins,

Clarence is cast aside,

His birthright has been denied,

Wandering the countryside,

He needs a travel guide.

 

POTENTIAL IS…

Potential is… what’s inside,

Things never tried before,

The song not sung, the bell not rung,

The world beyond your door.

 

Potential is… a stove that’s hot,

Before the pot is filled,

A kite not flown, a seed not sown,

A field that’s not been tilled.

 

Potential is… the unturned key,

Inside me and you

Potential is… the dreams we dream,

Before we make them true.

 

Something that we call potential,

In every single one of us,

Is waiting for the chance to show all its stuff,

The source of every small achievement,

A promise of what life can bring,

Potential is the well from which all human wonders spring.

 

Potential is… what you need,

If you want to make the grade,

But without a try, the do or die,

Potential fades…

 

CHAPTER 2 DITTY

Hear ye!  Hear ye! Listen one and all,

It's time to send out the call,

The Princess has come of age,

The Princess has come of age,

The Princess has come of age,

Now is the time to engage...

 

THIS IS THE WAY IT SHALL BE

Spread the word far and wide,

It’s time the princess was a bride,

Tell young men who still are free,

To stake their claims direct to me.

But tell them they should not show,

Unless they come with lots of dough.

 

This is the way it shall be,

Money is surely the key,

His bank account, house and land,

Will determine how he’ll stand,

To win the Princesses hand,

Take it from me, nothing comes free,

This is the way it shall be,

This is the way it shall be.

 

That’s not the way it shall be,

I’m eighteen and need to be free,

Free to choose the one I love,

Trust I know what I speak of.

 

That’s not the way it shall be,

                                      This is the way it shall be,

Free will is truly the key,

                                       You can call this a decree,

      My son-in-law must stink of gold, to comfort me when I grow old,

                I’m the master of my fate,

      Where I live and who I date.

                                     Take it from me,

                                     The bride’s C.O.D.,

This is the way it shall be…

This is the way it shall be.

 

This is the way it shall be,

                                         That’s not the way it shall be,

You can call this my decree,

                                         Princesses don’t make decrees,

If I’m not master of my fate, I would rather abdicate.

                  Daughter please! Don’t debate!

                  It’s your fate, to consummate!

                                                    I won’t consummate,

Obstinacy,

Guess he means me

This is the way…

This is the way…

This is the way…

This is the way it shall be.

 

This is the way it shall be,

Whatever will be it will be,

It does not matter much to us,

From where we stand, well what’s the fuss,

Dissent is treasonous,

If ever those three, learn to agree,

That is the way it shall be,

That is the way it shall be.

 

That’s not the way it shall be,

   This is the way it shall be,

   Whatever will be it will be,

   It does not matter much to us,

I would rather not discuss,

   From where we stand, well what’s the fuss?

   Dissent is treasonous!

They must leave it up to me!

   If ever those three, learn to agree,

   That is the way it shall be,

   That is the way it shall be.

 

This is the way it shall be,

                 That’s not the way it shall be,

                                        Whatever you want it shall be,

Tell us if you disagree,

                                        Don’t ask the bourgeoisie

We’re the masters of her fate,

                  Here you rule with heavy hand,

                                       For we won’t, demonstrate,

Where she’ll live and who she’ll date.

                                       We don’t care, not our fate,

                  I’ve made up my mind.

Then she’ll consummate,

                                       They’ll find your man,

                  That’s not my plan,

                                        This is the way…

This is the way…

                  That’s not my way…

This is the way!

                                         That is the way!

                   This is my way!

                                         This is the way it shall be!

This is the way it shall be!

                    Way it shall be!

 

CHAPTER 3 DITTY

Hear ye!  Hear ye! Time to hear a plan,

A pet becomes a man,

Boots, vest, a cape, and hat,

Presto, aristocrat,

Out comes the welcome mat,

No one will smell a rat.

 

A PUSS IN BOOTS

A Puss in boots creates an effect,

Of noble roots that command respect,

A Puss in boots will cast a glow,

So absolute-ly no one will know:

That the gent they see,

Is little me,

Once a pussycat,

There's not a soul upon this earth,

Who will smell a rat.

 

A Puss in boots kicks off my scheme,

From destitutes, we'll fulfill our dream.

As Puss in boots, I'll plant the seeds,

To bear the fruits that will meet our needs.

For my opening,

I'll wow the king,

With visions of grandeur,

Spinning a heroic tale,

Of the Duc d’Amour.

 

The Duc d’Amour, it’s got a ring,

But are you sure, it will fool the king,

Fool the king? Well that’s no sweat,

A bit of bling, sure thing, sure bet.

 

So let’s go shop,

I’ll play a fop,

The royals will endear,

A pair of boots, a vest and hat,

A stylish musketeer.

 

A Puss in boots, they’ll be in awe,

A Puss in boots, one splendid boot per paw,

This pair, it suits, the style you possess,

They sure are beauts,

But I still look a mess.

 

In good time,

We’ll dress you fine,

Reeking with grandeur,

A ritzy, showy nobleman,

The famous Duc d’Amour.

 

A Puss in boots, they’ll be in awe,

     The Duc d’Amour, they’ll be in awe,

A Puss in boots, one splendid boot per paw,

     The Duc d’Amour, all four?

A Puss in boots, creates an effect,

     The Duc d’Amour, creates effect,

Of noble roots

                           that command respect.

 

Time to go,

To begin the show,

The first act of my scheme,

And to underscore our trip,

We can sing my theme.

 

A Puss in Boots,

     A Puss in Boots,

A Puss in Boots,

     A Puss in Boots,

A Puss in Boots.

 

CHAPTER 4 DITTY

Hear ye!  Hear ye! Time to storm the gates,

To tease and tempt the fates,

Puss thinks he’s got the juice,

Clarence, he fears the noose,

Working on some excuse,

He’d rather just vamoose.

 

CHAPTER 5 DITTY

Hear ye!  Hear ye! Everything is great,

The royals took the bait,

Still there is much to do,

The upcoming Duke debut,

And there’s the bugaboo,

The She-Boor rendezvous.

 

PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD

Put your best foot forward,

It's the first foot they see,

The one they remember,

You can take it from me,

Your best foot forward is the key.

 

Be on your best behavior,

Mind your P's and Q's,

In most every endeavor,

Watch the steps that you choose,

Your best foot forward just can't lose.

 

If you've got imperfections,

In need of some work,

Show them some new directions,

That hide every quirk.

Even I'm not flawless,

I've a drawback or two,

But when I make my debuts,

I know what to do...  I...

 

Put my best foot forward,

That's the one they'll recall,

Long after I've left them,

They'll be singing my praise,

The best foot forward always pays.

 

Though I’ve got imperfections,

In need of some work,

I’ll show them new directions,

That hide every quirk.

Lord knows I’m not flawless,

I’ve a drawback or two,

But when I make my debut,

I’ll know what to do.

I’ll put my best foot forward,

It's the first foot they’ll see,

The one they’ll remember,

You can take it from me,

The best foot forward wins,

It’s where my plan begins,

The best foot forward is the key.

 

CHAPTER 6 DITTY

Hear ye!  Hear ye! Listen one and all,

The Princess won’t play ball,

Brimming with discontent,

She’s made her argument,

Expecting to circumvent,

The King and Queen’s intent.

 

IT’S ALL UP TO ME

They see themselves, they don’t see me,

They see a diff’rent kind of person I can’t be.

The world that they live in, I just can’t believe,

They think my life’s a given, but I’m not so naïve,

Why can't they see, It’s all up to me.

 

They beat their drum, so endlessly,

I feel a diff’rent kind of rhythm driving me,

My life’s not some chess game, and I’m not their pawn,

It may make me less tame, but that’s the line I’ve drawn,

Here’s my decree, It’s all up to me.

 

I’m not a child, I have opinions, my own point of view,

I’m not one of their lame minions who conforms without a clue,

All I’ve learned I think I’ve earned, court is now adjourned,

I’ve no need for their traditions, or their matchmaker ambitions.

                                                          

I try to speak, but they don’t hear,

And when we disagree, I disappear,

No matter how I fight them, they’re settled in their ways,

I don’t mean to slight them, but this is not a phase,

They don’t recognize, I have to be free,

I won’t compromise, It’s all up to me.

 

CHAPTER 7 DITTY

Hear ye!  Hear ye! Clarence gets his turn,

To show his heart can burn,

Love may not be enough,

He’ll have to show his stuff,

Prove his is really tough,

Even in the buff.

 

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

I'm not so simple as you may suppose,

There are things deep inside me that nobody knows,

Thoughts and dreams and burning fires,

And the strength to achieve my desires.

I'm a slayer of dragons on a charging steed,

That carries me to where the good fights lead,

And I know if I try, I could touch the sky, 

I've got More Than Meets the Eye,

I've got More Than Meets the Eye.

 

‘Til I first saw her, I just never knew,

All the powers within me, the things I could do,

Love has come and shined its light,

And the glow lets me know that its right,

I will fight for the Princess ‘til I win her hand,

I will do what I must so she'll understand,

And I know if I try, as time goes by,

She'll see More Than Meets the Eye.

 

I can’t wait, for the moment when I let her see,

All the feelings she’s kindled inside of me,

And I know if I try, as time goes by,

We’ll have More Than Meets the Eye,

We’ll have more, so much more…

We’ll have More Than Meets the Eye.

 

WHERE THERE’S A WILL (REPRISE)

Dear Clarence, have you forgotten,

Perhaps your ears were filled with bales of cotton,

A kind and wise old man gave what he had,

A priceless gift that came... from dad.

He offered you advice to make a life,

Perhaps, find a wife,

Someday raise a child or two,

And tell them 'bout their grandpa they never knew.

Where there's a will there's a way,

Where there's a try, there's a do,

Now I believe him, no need to dismay,

Where there's a will,

Where there’s a will,

Where there’s a will, there's a way. 

 

CHAPTER 8 DITTY

Hear ye!  Hear ye! Time to rule the mob,

It’s not that hard a job,

Target their greatest fear,

Shout nonsense in their ear,

Louder until they cheer,

No need to be sincere.

 

CHOP CHOP CHOP

There once was a village a lot like yours,

The people worked their farms and stores,

They laughed and loved and did their chores,

And had their share of peace and wars.

 

One day to help the tourist trade,

Someone fibbed about a big parade,

The king didn't know it was charade,

So he mounted a parade crusade.

 

When the king discovered it was a hoax,

He took it out on all of the blokes,

Including all the honest folks,

Kings don't make good brunts of jokes.

 

Chop, chop, chop,

And... Saw, saw, saw,

And those folks didn't look,

Like they'd looked befaw.

 

All their hands, hands, hands

and their feet, feet, feet

To their arms and legs,

Well they just didn't meet.

It's not a story I like to repeat...

All those people so incomplete.

 

Chop, chop, chop,

And ...Saw, saw, saw,

And those folks didn't look,

Like they'd look befaw.

 

All their hands, hands, hands,

and their feet, feet, feet,

To their arms and legs,

Well they just didn't meet.

It's not a story we like to repeat...

All those people so incomplete.

 

I guess there are people who doubt my news,

As free folks, you've got the right to choose,

So the choice is clear from where I stand,

Tell a lie or lend a hand.

I like my body as it is,

So I will choose to mind my biz,

What is the harm in little lies,

When they help you keep the same sleeve size.

 

We’ve now convinced the madding crowd,

To back up the story that we avowed,

And keep what nature has endowed

We support you clear and loud.

 

Chop, chop, chop

And saw, saw, saw,

Now we won’t end up,

In the King’s coleslaw.

 

All our hands, hands, hands

And our feet, feet, feet

To our arms and legs,

They’ll continue to meet,

It’s not a story we want to repeat,

It’s not a story we want to repeat,

It’s not a story we want to repeat,

All those people…

All those people so incomplete.

 

CHAPTER 9 DITTY

Hear ye!  Hear ye! Brothers see the light,

You know they aint that bright,

How could this come to be?

How did they find the key?

They solve the mystery,

Eating gluten free.

 

TATTLE-TALES

We’re gonna blow his cover,

We’re gonna snitch and squeal,

We’ll strip his masquerade,

Just like an apple peel.

We’re gonna spill the beans,

We’re gonna be rat finks,

We’re gonna leak his story,

Till his whole ship sinks.

 

Tattle-Tales, Tattle-Tales,

How we love to sing,

Tattle-Tales, Tattle-Tales,

We will tell the king,

All the spicy details,

Boy he’s gonna get it,

Jibber Jabber!

 

Tattle-Tales, Tattle-Tales,

We’ll give the king a scoop,

Tattle-Tales, Tattle-Tales,

Tell him all the poop,

How we love to regale,

We’re such Tattle-Tales.

 

We’re gonna tell his highness,

The Duc d’Amour’s a fake,

A punky little pauper,

And to boot… a flake.

The king will not be happy,

He’s gonna get irate,

He’ll have him drawn and quartered,

And chopped up for bait. 

 

Tattle-Tales, Tattle-Tales,

We've got the gift of gab,

Tattle-Tales, Tattle-Tales,

I just like to blab,

Every time we exhale,

Boy he's gonna get it,

We can babble...

  

Drivel drabble…

Tattle-Tales, Tattle-Tales,

We have to spill our guts,

Tattle-Tales, Tattle-Tales,

All the ifs ands or buts,

When our own effort fails,

We'll be Tattle-Tattle-Tattle-Tattle-Tales.

 

CHAPTER 10 DITTY

Hear ye!  Hear ye! Our tale comes to a head,

We’re hanging by a thread,

Fin’lly we meet the boor,

Lurking behind the door,

What will she have in store,

The She-Boor Death du Jour.

 

MISUNDERSTOOD

Misunderstood, that's what I am, I'm

Misunderstood, a little lost lamb,

Just because I'm different, people think I'm no good,

If they got to know me, then I know they would...

Find that I'm just Misunderstood.

Misunderstood, oh whoa is me, So

Misunderstood, but no one can see,

Way deep down inside me I'm a babe in the wood,

Trying all the while to do the things I should,

Can't they see I'm Misunderstood.

 

I admit I have some faults,

Been accused of vile assaults,

Truth is, I’m really quite tame.

Why are folks so quick to blame?

They don’t even know my name.

If they looked me in the eye,

They’d see I couldn’t lie,

No matter what they pin on me,

I’ve got an alibi.

 

Misunderstood, that's how I feel, I'm

Misunderstood, it's such an ordeal...

They think I'm Godzilla, 'stead of Red Riding Hood,

Like creamy, sweet vanilla, I'm so awfully good,

Why am I so misunderstood?

 

The villagers get so upset,

When I make a teensy threat,

To break their puny miserable necks,

It’s really just a simple ruse,

Unsubstantiated news,

I just feed the myth,

The tale I’m sticking with,

If they try to prosecute,

I’ll just take the fifth.

 

Misunderstood, wouldn't hurt a fly,

Misunderstood, my life’s a lie,

I really try to do the things my mom said I should,

All I can remember, she was awful (break) ly good,

Just like me she was Misunderstood.         

 

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

Believe in yourself,

And show the world who you really are.

Believe in yourself,

And make the truth your guiding star.

 

Life is more than just a charade,

More than a passing parade,

Much more than being afraid to be just who you are.

 

Believe in yourself,

     Believe in yourself,

Become the best that you can be,

Believe in yourself,

      Believe in yourself,

Cause you’re the one who needs to see

 

That the you who’s living inside,

     Living inside,

Is the you, you don’t have to hide,

     Don’t have to hide,

It’s you being alive so be just who you are.

 

Are you list’ning to your inner voice?

It will help you make the right choice,

     My choice!

Follow your passion, swallow your pride,

     Swallow your pride,

Cause what really,

     What really,

All that really,

     All that really matters,

Is that you decide.

 

Believe in yourself,

     Believe in yourself,

And show the world who you really are.

Believe in yourself,

     Believe in yourself,

And make the truth your guiding star.

 

Life is more than just a charade,

     Just a charade,

More than a passing parade,    

     Passing parade,

Much more than being afraid to be just who you are.

 

Let the you who’s living inside,

     Living inside,

Show you, you don’t have to hide,

     Don’t have to hide,

It’s you being alive, so be just who you are…

     Believe in yourself!

Believe in yourself!

Believe in yourself!

 

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