Country House lyrics

Stephen Sondheim

[PHYLLIS]
How about a country house?

[BEN]
Fine

[PHYLLIS]
You want to get a country house?

[BEN]
If you like...

[PHYLLIS]
What would you like?

[BEN]
No, a country house would be fine

[PHYLLIS]
Would you like one?

[BEN]
Sure, if that would make you happy

[PHYLLIS]
Swell

[BEN]
Whatever makes you happy

[PHYLLIS]
Yes, well...

[BEN]
Why not? We'll get a country house
What kind?

[PHYLLIS]
Kind?

[BEN]
Whatever kind you have in mind

[PHYLLIS]
You choose

[BEN]
Look, it's your idea
A country house

[PHYLLIS]
Oh, forget it

[BEN]
And a good one

[PHYLLIS]
Oh

[BEN]
If that's what makes you happy

[PHYLLIS]
Happy...

[BEN]
Comparatively happy

[BOTH]
All right, where?

[BEN]
I don't care

[PHYLLIS]
That's not fair

[BEN]
Well, then

[BOTH]
Somewhere by the sea. / Somewhere by the woods

[BEN]
By the sea, then

[PHYLLIS]
Don't agree just to agree

[BEN]
Look, it's all the same to me

[PHYLLIS]
Yes, I know

[BEN]
Meaning...?

[PHYLLIS]
Oh, let it go

[BOTH]
Look, as long as we're together...

[BEN]
How about a trip abroad?

[PHYLLIS]
Let's

[BEN]
We haven't had a trip abroad for years...

[PHYLLIS]
Not for ages

[BEN]
Take a ship abroad, get away

[PHYLLIS]
Just the two of us

[BEN]
A chance to be together

[PHYLLIS]
That's the point

[BOTH]
As long as it's together

[PHYLLIS]
It's what we need, a trip abroad

[BEN]
Where to?

[PHYLLIS]
To?

[BEN]
To London, Paris...?

[PHYLLIS]
Somewhere new

[BEN]
Up to you

[PHYLLIS]
'Round the world

[BEN]
No, really...

[PHYLLIS]
'Round the world won't do?

[BEN]
Where?

[BOTH]
Let's not get into that again / If that would make you happy
No, really. Fine. If that would make you happy

It just might
All right, when?

[PHYLLIS]
Name the day

[BEN]
Just not May

[PHYLLIS]
Why?

[BEN]
The meeting in Atlanta
June? July...?

[PHYLLIS]
No, that's my benefit for ANTA

[BEN]
So?

[PHYLLIS]
So?

[BEN]
It's enough to lend your name

[PHYLLIS]
And you couldn't do the same?

[BEN]
It's my Board

[PHYLLIS]
Oh, dear Lord

[BEN]
And they can't be ignored

[PHYLLIS]
No, and you can't afford to be bored
With your Board, can you?

[BEN]
Well, so much for travel...

[PHYLLIS]
How about a friendly shrink?

[BEN]
What?

[PHYLLIS]
You want to see a friendly shrink?

[BEN]
Why me?

[PHYLLIS]
Us

[BEN]
I think I'd rather have another drink

[PHYLLIS]
Okay, your turn

[BEN]
But if that would make you happy...

[PHYLLIS]
What?

[BEN]
Joke: If a shrink would make you happy

[PHYLLIS]
Nice joke

What about a St. Bernard?

[BEN]
What?

[PHYLLIS]
We could adopt a St. Bernard

[BEN]
In New York?
Are you serious, a St. Bernard?

[PHYLLIS]
Or a child

[BEN]
Ah, the child...

[BOTH]
All right, why?

[PHYLLIS]
Why not?

[BEN]
Why now?

[PHYLLIS]
We need something we can share

[BEN]
We need air

[PHYLLIS]
We need something

[BEN]
We need something if it's real

[PHYLLIS]
Maybe saying what we feel?

[BEN]
It's the deal

[PHYLLIS]
For a change

[BEN]
You go first

[PHYLLIS]
After you

[BEN]
I've got nothing to conceal
So there's nothing to reveal

[PHYLLIS]
We're all set there then

[BEN]
I could take a few days off

[PHYLLIS]
Maybe we could take a suite at the Waldorf

[BEN]
Mm...

[PHYLLIS]
Just the two of us
Second honeymoon...

[BEN]
Should be better than the first

[PHYLLIS]
There are times when you can be a louse

[BEN]
The hell, let's get a house


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