(spoken) Oh, Miss Elphaba:
(sung) Many years I have waited
For a gift like yours to appear
Why, I predict the Wizard
Could make you his
Magic grand vizier!
My dear, my dear
I'll write at once to the Wizard
Tell him of you in advance
With a talent like yours, dear
There is a defin-ish chance
If you work as you should
You'll be making good:

Did that really just happen?
Have I actually understood?
This weird quirk I've tried
To suppress or hide
Is a talent that could
Help me meet the Wizard
If I make good
So I'll make good:

When I meet the Wizard
Once I prove my worth
And then I meet the Wizard
What I've waited for since: since birth!
And with all his Wizard wisdom
By my looks, he won't be blinded
Do you think the Wizard is dumb?
Or, like Munchkins, so small-minded?
No! He'll say to me,
"I see who you truly are -
A girl on whom I can rely!"
And that's how we'll begin
The Wizard and I:

Once I'm with the Wizard
My whole life will change
'Cuz once you're with the Wizard
No one thinks you're strange!
No father is not proud of you,
No sister acts ashamed
And all of Oz has to love you
When by the Wizard you're acclaimed
And this gift - or this curse -
I have inside
Maybe at last, I'll know why
When we are hand and hand -
The Wizard and I!

And one day, he'll say to me, "Elphaba,
A girl who is so superior
Shouldn't a girl who's so good inside
Have a matching exterior?
And since folks here to an absurd degree
Seem fixated on your verdigris
Would it be all right by you
If I de-greenify you?"

And though of course
That's not important to me
"All right, why not?" I'll reply
Oh, what a pair we'll be
The Wizard and I:
Yes, what a pair we'll be
The Wizard and:

My future is unlimited
And I've just had a vision
Almost like a prophecy
I know - it sounds truly crazy
And true, the vision's hazy
But I swear, someday there'll be
A celebration throughout Oz
That's all to do with me!

And I'll stand there with the Wizard
Feeling things I've never felt
And though I'd never show it
I'll be so happy, I could melt!
And so it will be
For the rest of my life
And I'll want nothing else
Till I die
Held in such high esteem
When people see me, they will scream
For half of Oz's fav'rite team:
The Wizard
And I!

Lyrics submitted by killstar

The Wizard and I song meanings
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    General CommentI love this song !
    The lines :
    "No father is not proud of you,
    No sister acts ashamed."
    are really powerful. I can really relate to them.

    It's just so ironic on so many levels...
    'A celebration throughout Oz, that's all to do with me!' She's psychic lol.
    And 'When people see me, they will scream.' Although I'm not sure that's intentional or not lol.
    HattiIsTheNewThingon January 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentListening to it now.
    Ididna's voice is just amazing.
    HattiIsTheNewThingon January 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOh, my. The hope she expresses here is just heartbreaking. "So happy, I could melt!" She never had a chance.. :( I love this song.
    katy_47on July 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentReminds me quite often of Whitney Houston's One moment in time.
    When she sings her last "I will be, I will be free" it sounds almost like Indina at the end of that song.
    I agree with all of you :)
    Cherelleon November 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI completly agree with HattiIsTheNewThing, and would like to add "I'll be so happy, I could melt!", but it also forshadows Elphaba's own selfish ambitions, which she comes to terms with in No Good Deed.
    TrueWickedon June 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwell i feel dumb...when she says "if i de-greenify you" i always thought she said "if i degree in FIU" like it was some kind of skin based college X/
    robstephenson June 19, 2010   Link

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