Prime Artist:              Mitzi Gaynor
Lyrics by:                 Oscar Hammerstein II     (O. Greeley Clendenning H. II)
Music by:                  Richard Rodgers

From the Show:             South Pacific  1949 (S) 1953 (M)
From the Film:             South Pacific  1949 (S) 1953 (M)

When the sky is a bright canary yellow
I forget ev'ry cloud I've ever seen~
So they called me a cockeyed optimist,
Immature and incurably green!

I have heard people rant and rave and bellow
That we're done and we might as well be dead~
But I'm only a cockeyed optimist,
And I can't get it into my head.

I hear the human race
Is falling on its face
And hasn't very far to go,
But ev'ry whippoorwill
Is selling me a bill
And telling me it just ain't so!

I could say life is just a bowl of jello
And appear more intelligent and smart,
But I'm stuck, like a dope,
With a thing called hope,
And I can't get it out of my heart!
Not this heart!

Contributed by Carlene Bogle