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Song Discussion:"Western People Funny" 
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Post Song Discussion:"Western People Funny"
I've always considered this to be a very underrated song. Legend has it that WPF was written as a 'throwaway number' to allow extra time to get the Small House setpieces set up. It saddens me a little that so many critics consider this to be such a weak song, because I'd go so far as to say that melodically this song is the closest that Rodgers ventured into Sondheim territory. So, who else loves this wonderful song?

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Ive always liked the number. it gives Lady Thaing a few more layers as well.. showing her not only wise in affairs of emotional attatchment but also in the ways of the world.

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I really liked this song. It had a nice tune and a bouncy tempo.
I will admit, it gets a bit repetetive after a while for me, but I never understand why people describe it as "weak", because it certainly isn't.

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I think some of the smaller songs like "Western People Funny" and "My Lord and Master" are the best songs in the show. Western People Funny certainly is a clever little song with a cute melody and very funny lyrics. Is it cut often from the show---I don't think it was in the most recent revival with Donna Murphy.

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I love your opening post, Apples. It's very well-explained and cleverly written.

On topic, I also like the number, both for its melody and the reasons that Dawlome gave. :wink:

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SomeoneLikeYou wrote:
I love your opening post, Apples. It's very well-explained and cleverly written.

On topic, I also like the number, both for its melody and the reasons that Dawlome gave. :wink:


Thank you; I'm glad you liked it! I seem to recall that I started that thread on campus and I had to make a class in five minutes, so I had very little time to write an opening post. I had hoped that it wouldn't sound too rushed.

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Some have called this song racist and condescending (I think that's why it was left out of the Lou Diamond Philips revival). But I don't see it as such. If anything, it shows that the Siamese ladies have a good deal of practical common sense!

In effect, they're saying, "Western women squeeze themselves into uncomfortable shoes, ungainly skirts, torture devices passing themselves off as corsets--and yet somehow WE'RE THE BACKWARD ONES?!"

(And as much as I sigh over historical costumes in movies, I'd have to reluctantly agree with Lady Thiang!)

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