SONG:  “I Cannot See It

 

     Emperor             Empress

I CANNOT SEE IT!                                                  

I CANNOT SEE A WHIT!                                 

I CANNOT SEE THE STUFF!                     

IT’S ALL POWDER PUFF!                          

                              IT’S GORGEOUS.

THE DAMN THINGS ARE INVISIBLE!                

                              I HAVE NO DOUBT:

NOT EVEN FAINTLY QUIZ-ABLE!                      

                              IT’S GORGEOUS.

I CANNOT BE A FOOL                   

                              IT’S FABULOUS.           

IN MY EMPIRE!                                                                   

                              A KNOCKOUT,

                              GRANDIFOROUS 

                              FABULOUS.

                              IT’S SPLENDOROUS.

                              A STANDOUT,

                              KNOCK-ABOUT

                              SPLENDOROUS.

                              I HAVE NO DOUBT.

                              IT’S GORGEOUS.

I CANNOT BE A FOOL                               

                              IT’S FABULOUS.

IN MY EMPIRE!                   

                              A KNOCKOUT,

                              GRANDIFOROUS

                              FABULOUS.

                              IT’S SPLENDOROUS.

                              A STANDOUT,

                              KNOCK-ABOUT

                              SPLENDOROUS.

                              I HAVE NO DOUBT.

 

(By the end, the Emperor is reduced to a whimper and the Empress is full voice.)

 

                                                            Empress        

You are foolish, my dear. It’s very simple. What you must do is fake it impeccably. Everybody does it. Fake it until you convince yourself that your fakery is true. I know when I see your new adornments, they will be ravishing. You are no fool, my Emperor. In you our empire is stunning as hell.

 

                              (He exits very perplexed.)

 

                                                            Empress        

Ta! Ta!