Pinwheel of Death

Elaine Stritch


SONGS

Writers Stephen Sondheim

Genres Showtune, Standard, Ballad, Food

Recorded 1970

Lyrics HERE'S TO
THE LADIES WHO LUNCH...
EV'RYBODY LAUGH.
LOUNGING
IN THEIR CAFTANS
AND PLANNING
A BRUNCH
ON THEIR OWN
BEHALF.
OFF TO THE GYM,
THEN TO A FITTING,
CLAIMING THEY'RE FAT,
AND LOOKING GRIM
'CAUSE THEY'VE BEEN
SITTING
CHOOSING A HAT.
spoken: DOES ANYONE
STILL WEAR A HAT?
sung: I'LL DRINK
TO THAT.

HERE'S TO THE GIRLS
WHO STAY SMART.
AREN'T THEY A GAS?
RUSHING
TO THEIR CLASSES
IN OPTICAL ART,
WISHING IT WOULD PASS.
ANOTHER LONG,
EXHAUSTING DAY,
ANOTHER THOUSAND DOLLARS.
A MATINEE:
A PINTER PLAY,
PERHAPS
A PIECE OF MAHLER'S.
I'LL DRINK TO THAT...
spokensung:
AND ONE FOR MAHLER.

sung: HERE'S TO THE GIRLS
WHO PLAY WIFE.
AREN'T THEY TOO MUCH?
KEEPING HOUSE,
BUT CLUTCHING
A COPY OF LIFE
JUST TO KEEP
IN TOUCH.
THE ONES
WHO FOLLOW THE RULES
AND MEET THEMSELVES
AT THE SCHOOLS...
TOO BUSY TO KNOW
THAT THEY'RE FOOLS.
AREN'T THEY A GEM?
I'LL DRINK TO THEM!
LET'S ALL DRINK
TO THEM!

AND HERE'S TO THE GIRLS
WHO JUST WATCH,
AREN'T THEY THE BEST?
WHEN THEY GET DEPRESSED,
IT'S A BOTTLE OF SCOTCH,
PLUS A LITTLE JEST.
ANOTHER CHANCE
TO DISAPPROVE,
ANOTHER BRILLIANT ZINGER.
ANOTHER REASON
NOT TO MOVE,
ANOTHER VODKA STINGER,
AAAAHHHH -
I'LL DRINK TO THAT.

SO HERE'S TO THE GIRLS
ON THE GO,
EV'RYBODY TRIES.
LOOK INTO THEIR EYES
AND YOU'LL SEE WHAT THEY KNOW:
EV'RYBODY DIES.
A TOAST
TO THAT INVINCIBLE BUNCH,
THE DINOSAURS
SURVIVING THE CRUNCH,
LET'S HEAR IT
FOR THE LADIES WHO LUNCH:
EV'RYBODY RISE!
RISE!
RISE!
RISE!
RISE!
RISE!
RISE!
RISE!
RISE!