from Showboat by Kern & Hammerstein


I used to dream that I would discover
The perfect lover some day.
I knew I'd recognize him
If ever he came ‘round my way.
I always used to fancy then
He'd be one of the godlike kind of men
With a giant brain and a noble head
Like the heroes bold in the books I read

But along came Bill, who's not the type at all
You'd pass him on the street and never notice him;
His form and face, his manly grace
Are not the kind that you would find in a statue.

And I can't explain,
It's surely not his brain that makes me thrill.
I love him because he's wonderful
Because he's just my Bill.

He can't play golf, or tennis, or polo,
Or sing a solo, or row.
He isn't half as handsome
As dozens of men that I know.

He isn't tall and straight and slim,
And he dresses far worse than Ted or Jim;
Oh, I can't explain why he should be
Just the one, one man in the world for me;

He's just my Bill, an ordinary guy,
He hasn't got a thing that I can brag about.
And yet to be upon his knee
So comfy and roomy feels natural to me.

And I can't explain,
It's surely not his brain that makes me thrill.
I love him because he's - I don't know,
Because he's just my Bill.


from What’s in a Name, released May 1, 2012
Jacqueline Novikov (soprano)
Sarah E. Wheeler (piano)




Jacqueline Novikov Boston, Massachusetts

Soprano Jacqueline Novikov, founder of Forma Music, is dedicated to entertaining and educating audiences through classical vocal music. She uses music's powerful language to express life's humorous, serious, mundane and sacred truths. Jacqueline holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. ... more

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