Doris Day Sings “A Wonderful Guy” with the Original Lyrics

Doris Day

Doris Day

In the musical South Pacific, there is a well-known song called (I’m in Love with) A Wonderful Guy. What’s not well known, though, is that the song had a life before South Pacific, with the original lyrics.

So what? You’re saying. And quite frankly, I have to agree. So what?

Sorry, readers, but this post’s for me, first and foremost… though there’s great music here.

I’m working on improving my singing and one of the songs I like to sing is A Wonderful Guy. I love it enough that I don’t care that I’m a guy singing the thing! Mind you, I’d bet money that one day, I’ll rewrite the lyrics to get a version I can really sing, as I’m also a songwriter.

Anyway, the best version of A Wonderful Guy I was able to find is one sung by the fabulous Doris Day. However, it was not from South Pacific. Too bad, as she would have been so perfect for it, in my opinion. Doris Day sang the original song lyrics and so for my singing practice, I went to piece it together since there was no page I could easily find with those lyrics! Imagine that! Something so well-known so well hidden on the Internet!

So because I either have something new or is just too hard to find on the Internet, I turned into a blog post. New or added value content, that’s my raison d’être to blog. I don’t think many people would be interested, but that’s OK. It’s for me to use, first and foremost, and anyone who wants to enjoy it.

Btw, my blog does not count my usage of it, in case anybody is thinking I’m pushing traffic my own way. 🙂

I expect everyone of my crowd to make fun
Of my proud protestations of faith in romance,
And they’ll say I’m naïve as a babe to believe
Every fable I hear from a person in pants.

I’ve been known to share your satirical attitude,
Thinking that love could be kept in its place.
‘Til all of a sudden that lyrical platitude
Bounced up and hit me smack in the face.
That’s how I turned out to be
The happy young woman you see.

I’m as corny as Kansas in August,
I’m as normal as blueberry pie.
No more a smart
Little girl with no heart,
I have found me a wonderful guy!

I am in a conventional dither,
With a conventional star in my eye.
And you will note
There’s a lump in my throat
When I speak of that wonderful guy!

I’m as trite and as gay
As a daisy in May,
A cliché comin’ true!
I’m bromidic and bright
As a moon-happy night
Pourin’ light on the dew!

I’m as corny as Kansas in August,
High as a flag on the Fourth of July!
If you’ll excuse an expression I use,
I’m in love, I’m in love,
I’m in love, I’m in love,
I’m in love with a wonderful guy!

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South Pacific version of italicized verse

Fearlessly I’ll face them and argue their doubts away,
Loudly I’ll sing about flowers in spring,
Flatly I’ll stand on my little flat feet and say
Love is a grand and a beautiful thing!
I’m not ashamed to reveal
The world famous feelin’ I feel.

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4 thoughts on “Doris Day Sings “A Wonderful Guy” with the Original Lyrics

  1. Thanks for posting – I agree her version is the best. She’d have made a great Nellie. In high school I played the male lead in “South Pacific” (Emile) but would have preferred being able to sing this song, which I did sing at the audition.

    • Paul, you are the subject of my envy for having the talent to not only get the lead role, but also to be able to put it towards singing A Wonderful Guy. Thanks for the comment.

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