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"Proud Lady" from The Baker's Wife

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Proud Lady Sheet Music

Proud Lady downloadable sheet music from The Baker's Wife. It's also available in The Stephen Schwartz Songbook

Proud Lady Recordings

The Baker's Wife
[Original 1990 London Cast], Jay Records UK, 1999 Buy The Baker's Wife [new browser window]

Baker's Wife cover with cat
  • Includes: Chanson, If It Wasn't For You, Merci Madame, Scene, Bread, Gifts of Love, Plain and Simple, Proud Lady, Look for the Woman, Serenade, Meadowlark, Buzz-a-Buzz, Opening, Any-Day-Now-Day, Endless Delights, The Luckiest Man in the World, Feminine Companionship, If I have to Live Alone, Romance, Where is the Warmth?, Scene Pompom's Return, Finale
The Baker's Wife
[Original 1976 Broadway Cast], Take Home Tunes, 1997 The Baker's Wife [Original Soundtrack] [new browser window]
  • Includes: Chanson, Merci Madame, Gifts of Love, Proud Lady, Serenade, Meadowlark, Any-Day-Now-Day, Endless Delights, If I have to Live Alone, Where is the Warmth?, Final

Matt Bogart sings Proud LadyBroadway star Matt Bogart covers Stephen Schwartz's "Proud Lady" as well as the beautiful Bernstein/Schwartz number from Mass "Simple Song" on his album Simple Song

Proud Lady lyrics

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from a 2001 script (These are not the final lyrics)

AH, I'M IN LOVE
I'M IN LOVE AT LAST
I'M IN LOVE, I'M IN LOVE
AND ISN'T IT A CRIME?
ISN'T IT A CRYING SHAME THAT THE LOVE OF MY LIFE
SHOULD HAVE TO BE ANOTHER MAN'S WIFE?
BUT I'VE FINALLY FOUND THE ONE TRUE LOVE OF MY LIFE...

SHE SPLITS MY SENSES AT THE SEAMS
SHE SENDS A SHIVER UP MY SPINE
I SEE HER BODY IN MY DREAMS
AND IF SHE'S NORMAL, SHE SEES MINE
SHE'S ALL I'M EVER THINKING OF
HER MOUTH, HER HAIR, AND ALL THE REST
I THINK ALL WOMEN SHOULD HAVE LOVE
AND ONE LIKE HER SHOULD HAVE... THE BEST!

THERE IS NO RULE OR LAW IN HEAVEN OR ON EARTH
THERE IS NO WAY TO STOP THIS FIRE ONCE IT STARTS
IN LIPS AND HANDS AND HEARTS
AND OTHER MOVING PARTS...

AND I'M SINGING
OH, PROUD LADY
YOU AND I BOTH KNOW
SOMEDAY YOU WILL BE MINE
AND WE'LL GO TO A PLACE WHERE THE GRASS IS COOL
AND SHADY
AND WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE, YOU'LL COME INTO MY
ARMS
AND LOVE WILL FLOW LIKE WINE...

NEXT TIME I GO TO GET THE BREAD
I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I'LL WEAR
A BELT THAT'S TIGHT, A SHIRT THAT'S RED
AND OPEN JUST ENOUGH TO SHOW A LITTLE HAIR
NO OTHER GIRL I'VE EVER KNOWN
HAS LOOKED AS HOT AND KEPT AS COOL
I KNOW SHE CAN'T BE MADE OF STONE
I KNOW I CAN'T BE SUCH A FOOL

NO MATTER WHAT THE PAIN, NO MATTER WHAT THE PRICE
NO MATTER WHAT, I WOULDN'T STOP IT IF I COULD
HOW CAN A THING BE BAD
WHEN IT FEELS SO GOOD?

AND I'M SINGING
OH, PROUD LADY
YOU AND I BOTH KNOW
OH, YES, YOU WILL BE MINE
AND WE'LL GO TO THAT PLACE
WHERE THE GRASS IS COOL AND SHADY
AND WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE,
YOU'LL COME INTO MY ARMS
AND LOVE WILL FLOW LIKE WINE...

I'M IN LOVE
I'M IN LOVE, AT LAST
I'M IN LOVE, I'M IN LOVE
AND ISN'T IT A CRIME?
ISN'T IT A CRYING SHAME THAT THE LOVE OF MY LIFE
SHOULD HAVE TO BE ANOTHER MAN'S WIFE...?
WELL, I'M SORRY FOR THE GUY
BUT THERE'S NOTHING I WON'T TRY
TO WIN THE ONE TRUE LOVE OF MY WHOLE LIFE!

Notes on Proud Lady

As bookwriter Joseph Stein commented in an interview with Music Theatre international, the character of the boy Dominique has changed enormously from the first version in 1976 to the completed version now available for licensing (since about 2005). "Proud Lady" has changed with it. "Originally he was sort of the village Lothario and was eager to make conquests with every pretty girl that came along, including the baker's wife. But we changed the character to the extent where he really falls deeply in love with this woman, it is a very different kind of feeling he has towards her. As a result her attitude towards him is very different, because in the original version it was kind of demeaning for her to go off with someone who just considers her a conquest. But now his deep love for her, as reflected in 'Proud Lady' makes it much more understandable that she is affected by him."

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