The Ugly Duckling

Album: Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
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  • There once was an ugly duckling
    With feathers all stubby and brown
    And the other birds said in so many words

    Get out of town
    Get out, get out, get out of town
    And he went with a quack and a waddle and a quack
    In a flurry of eiderdown

    That poor little ugly duckling
    Went wandering far and near
    But at every place they said to his face
    Now get out, get out, get out of here
    And he went with a quack and a waddle and a quack

    And a very unhappy tear
    All through the wintertime he hid himself away
    Ashamed to show his face, afraid of what others might say
    All through the winter in his lonely clump of wheat
    Till a flock of swans spied him there and very soon agreed

    You’re a very fine swan indeed!
    A swan? Me a swan? Ah, go on!
    And he said yes, you’re a swan
    Take a look at yourself in the lake and you’ll see
    And he looked, and he saw, and he said
    I am a swan! Whee!

    I’m not such an ugly duckling
    No feathers all stubby and brown
    For in fact these birds in so many words said
    The best in town, the best, the best
    The best in town

    Not a quack, not a quack, not a waddle or a quack
    But a glide and a whistle and a snowy white back
    And a head so noble and high
    Say who’s an ugly duckling?

    Not I!
    Not I! Writer/s: FRANK LOESSER
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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