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If I Were A Rich Man Lyrics

Artist: Zero Mostel
Album: Fiddler On The Roof

(SPOKEN:) Dear God, you made many, many poor people. I realize, of course, that
it's no great shame to be poor... but it's no great honor, either. So what would have
been the difference if I had... a small fortune?

If I were a rich man,
Daidle deedle daidle
Daidle daidle deedle daidle dum
All day long I'd biddy-biddy-bum
If I were a wealthy man.
I wouldn't have to work hard,
Daidle deedle daidle
Daidle daidle deedle daidle dum
If I were a biddy-biddy rich,
Daidle deedle daidle daidle man.

I'd build a big tall house with rooms by the dozen
Right in the middle of the town,
A fine tin roof with real wooden floors below.
There would be one long staircase just going up
And one even longer coming down,
And one more leading nowhere, just for show.

I'd fill my yard with chicks and turkeys and geese
And ducks for the town to see and hear,
Squawking just as noisily as they can,
And each loud "pa-pa-geeee! pa-pa-gaack! pa-pa-geeee! pa-pa-gaack!"
Would land like a trumpet on the ear,
As if to say, "Here lives a wealthy man."
Oy!

If I were a rich man,
Daidle deedle daidle
Daidle daidle deedle daidle dum
All day long I'd biddy-biddy-bum
If I were a wealthy man.
I wouldn't have to work hard,
Daidle deedle daidle
Daidle daidle deedle daidle dum
If I were a biddy-biddy rich,
Daidle deedle daidle daidle man.

I see my wife, my Golde, looking like a rich man's wife,
With a proper double chin,
Supervising meals to her heart's delight.
I see her putting on airs and strutting like a peacock,
Oy! What a happy mood she's in,
Screaming at the servants day and night.

The most important men in town will come to fawn on me--
They will ask me to advise them,
Like a Solomon the Wise--
"If you please, Reb Tevye?"--
"Pardon me, Reb Tevye?"--
Posing problems that would cross a rabbi's eyes--
(chanting) Ya va voy, ya va voy voy vum...
And it won't make one bit of difference
If I answer right or wrong--
When you're rich, they think you really know.

If I were rich, I'd have the time that I lack
To sit in the synagogue and pray,
And maybe have a seat by the Eastern wall,
And I'd discuss the learned books with the holy men
Seven hours every day--
That would be the sweetest thing of all...
Oy!

If I were a rich man,
Daidle deedle daidle
Daidle daidle deedle daidle dum
All day long I'd biddy-biddy-bum
If I were a wealthy man.
I wouldn't have to work hard,
Daidle deedle daidle
Daidle daidle deedle daidle dum
Lord who made the lion and the lamb,
You decreed I should be what I am--
Would it spoil some vast, eternal plan,
If I were a wealthy man?
Comments/Interpretations
by Brooke on 7/3/2008 8:31am
I love that song it is so cool.
by Demitriusina on 3/12/2010 3:26pm
coolest
by Celia on 5/9/2010 7:10pm
I've seen Fiddler so many times and love the song - just HAD to see the words written down!
by oy!!!! on 9/19/2010 9:43pm
Love it

PANBG
by Shadoweye on 5/7/2011 1:20pm
Nice job but i think it's "discuss the holy books with the learned men" not "discuss the learned books with the holy men".

Just sayin. Nothing worth arguing over.
by Rick on 2/10/2012 7:17pm
An AMAZING song. Well done Zero !
by ladyy on 2/13/2012 10:38am
yes problems
by Greeni on 3/11/2012 12:42pm
Great Song! So cheeky, I love the part "cause when you rich they think you really know" haha. It's so funny!
by Wahotaho on 4/21/2012 11:49pm
And one staircase going nowhere just for show! lol
by yo-Yo on 4/25/2012 8:45pm
nice Job Zero!
by jazzyfresh134 on 9/19/2012 5:43pm
i have to sing this for my graduation
by jhs thesp on 10/13/2012 2:21pm
Love the song. Don't love zero. Sorry, he will never be as good as topol
by Flu-Bird on 10/21/2012 7:48pm
Lots of chicks geese and ducks to


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