Twin Soliloquies

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Twin Soliloquies

Lyrics By Oscar Hammerstein II  Music By Richard Rodgers

During an otherwise platonic conversation, Emile and Nellie consider the romantic possibilities of their new relationship.

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“Twin Soliloquies” LYRICS

Nellie:
Wonder how I’d feel,
Living on a hillside,
Looking on an ocean,
Beautiful and still.

Emile:
This is what I need,
This is what I’ve longed for,
Someone young and smiling
Climbing up my hill!

Nellie:
We are not alike;
Probably I’d bore him.
He’s a cultured Frenchman—
I’m a little hick.

Emile:
Younger men than I,
Officers and doctors,
Probably pursue her—
She could have her pick.

Nettie:
Wonder why I feel
Jittery and jumpy!
I am like a schoolgirl,
Waiting for a dance.

Emile:
Can I ask her now?
I am like a schoolboy!
What will be her answer?
Do I have a chance?

Reprise (Act One, Scene 12)

Nellie:
This is how it feels
Living on a hillside…

Emile:
This is what I need,
This is what I’ve longed for,
Someone young and smiling
Here upon my hill!