Grant Avenue

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Grant Avenue

Lyrics By Oscar Hammerstein II  Music By Richard Rodgers

Madame Rita Liang intends to transform the Golden Pearl Theater into the hottest nightspot in Chinatown. She inspires everyone with a grand vision of Grant Avenue, a bustling and successful place where Western tourists can see some “exotic” – but palatable – Chinese culture.

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“Grant Avenue” LYRICS

Liang:
On the most exciting thoroughfare I know.
They call it –

Grant Avenue, San Francisco,
California, U.S.A.
Looks down from Chinatown
Over a foggy bay.
You travel there in a trolley,
In a trolley up you climb—
Dong dong! You’re in Hong Kong,
Having yourself a time.

You can eat, if you are in the mood,
Shark-fin soup, bean-cake fish.
The girl who serves you all your food
Is another tasty dish!

You know you
Can’t have a new way of living
Till you’re living all the way
On Grant Avenue.

Linda:
Where is that?

Liang:
San Francisco,
That’s where’s that!
California, U.S.A.

A Western street with Eastern manners,
Tall pagodas and golden banners
Throw their shadows through the lantern glow.
You can shop for precious jade or
Teakwood tables or silk brocade or

Linda:
See a bold and brassy nightclub show,

Liang:
On the most exciting thoroughfare I know.
They call it –
Grant Avenue,

Linda:
San Francisco,

Harvard:
California,

Ta:
U.S.A.

Liang:
Looks down from Chinatown
Over a foggy bay.

Liang, Ta, Linda, Harvard:
You travel there in a trolley,
In a trolley up you climb—
Dong dong! You’re in Hong Kong,
Having yourself a time.

Mei Li:
You can eat, if you are in the mood,
Shark-fin soup, bean-cake fish.

Chin:
The girl who serves you all your food
Is another tasty dish!

Liang:
You know you

All:
Can’t have a new way of living
Till you’re living all the way
On…

Liang:
Grant Avenue.
Where is that?

Wang:
San Francisco,

Liang:
That’s where’s that!

All:
California, U.S.A.