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Something Wonderful
1951 Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers
From the musical The King and I. Based on Margaret Landon's short storyAnna and the King of Siam, from which was also made in 1946 a film by John Cromwell with Rex Harrison, the musical The King and I (with Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence, music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II) opened on March 29, 1951, at the St. James Theatre in New York.
In the 1956 it was made into a motion picture by Walter Lang, again with Yul Brynner while Deborah Kerr was given the role performed by the late Gertrude Lawrence. In the original Broadway version "Something Wonderful" was singed by Dorothy Sarnoff.

Recording sessions
1964: New York
This is a man who thinks with his heart
His heart is not always wise
This is a man who stumbles and falls
But this is a man who tries
This is a man you'll forgive and forgive
And help to protect as long as you live

He will not always say what you would have him say
But now and then he'll say something wonderful
The thoughtless things he'll do will hurt and worry you
And all at once he'll do something wonderful
He has a thousand dreams that won't come true
You know that he believes in them and that's enough for you

You‘ll always go along defend him when he's wrong
And tell him when he's strong he is wonderful
He'll always need your love and so he'll get your love
Cos a man who needs your love can be wonderful

(Lyrics transcription by Robert Munga)