Track Title:               A Puzzlement

Prime Artist:              Yul Brenner
Lyrics by:                 Oscar Hammerstein II     (O. Greeley Clendenning H. II)
Music by:                  Richard Rodgers
From the Show:             The King and I  1951 (S)

From the Film:             The King and I  1956 (M)
When I was a boy
World was better spot
What was so was so
What was not was not
Now I am a man
World have changed a lot
Some things nearly so
Others nearly not

There are times I almost think
I am not sure of what I absolutely know
Very often find confusion
In conclusion I concluded long ago
In my head are many facts
That, as a student, I have studied to procure
In my head are many facts
Of which I wish I was more certain I was sure

(Spoken) Is a puzzlement what to tell growing son
What for instance, shall I say to him of women
Shall I educate him on the ancient lines
Shall I tell the boy as far as he is able
To respect his wives and love his concubines
Shall I tell him everyone is like the other
And the better of the two is really neither
If I tell him this I think he won't believe it
And I nearly think that I don't believe it either

When my father was a king
He was a king who knew exactly what he knew
And his brain was not a thing
Forever swinging to and fro and fro and to
Shall I, then be like my father
And be willfully unmovable and strong
Or is it better to be right
Or am I right when I believe I may be wrong
Shall I join with other nations in alliance
If allies are weak, am I not best alone
If allies are strong with power to protect me
Might they not protect me out of all I own

Is a danger to be trusting one another
One will seldom want to do what other wishes
But unless someday somebody trust somebody
There'll be nothing left on earth excepting fishes
There are times I almost think
Nobody sure of what he absolutely know
Everybody find confusion
In conclusion he concluded long ago
And it puzzle me to learn
That tho' a man may be in doubt of what he know
Very quickly he will fight
He'll fight to prove that what he does not know is so
Sometimes I think that people going mad
Sometimes I think that people not so bad
But not matter what I think
I must go on living life
As leader of my kingdom I must go forth
Be father to my children and husband to each wife
Etcetera, etcetera, and so forth
If my Lord in Heaven Buddha, show the way
Everyday I try to live another day
If my Lord in Heaven Buddha, show the way
Everyday I do my best for one-more day
(Spoken) But...Is a puzzlement

Contributed by Carlene Bogle