Doris Day - There Once Was A Man Lyrics




There once was a man who loved a woman
She was the one he slew a dragon for
They say that nobody ever loved as much as he
But me
I love you more.

Tell me

And there once was a man who loved a woman
She was the one he gave his kingdom for
They say that nobody ever loved as much as he
But me
I love you more

My love is a giant, fierce and defiant
But how can I prove it to you?
Ain't got no kingdom or dragon
To back up my braggin'
How can I show what I would do?

I only know there once was a man
Who loved a woman
She was the one he ate the apple for
They say that nobody ever loved as much as he
But me, I love you more

There once was a woman who loved a man
He was the one that she took poison for
They say that nobody ever loved as much as she
But me, I love you more

And there once was a woman who loved a man,
He was the one she swam the channel for
They say that nobody ever loved as much as she
But me, I love you more.

My love's meteoric, it's merely historic
A whirlwind, a cyclone on wheels
It rocks my whole solar plexus,
It's bigger than Texas
I just can't tell you how it feels
I only know there once was a woman
Who loved a man
Loved him enough to cause the Trojan War
They say that nobody ever loved as much as she
But me,
I love you more! more! more! more!

More than a hangman loves his rope
More than a dopefiend loves his dope
More than an Injun loves his scalps
More than a yodeler loves his alps
More More More more more!

There once was a man who loved a woman
There once was a woman who loved a man
She was the one he slew the dragon for
He was the one that she took poison for
They say that nobody ever loved as much as he she
But me, I love you more!
But me! I love you more!





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Doris Day There Once Was A Man Comments
  1. Magitroopa

    RIP Doris Day

  2. Miguel Antonio González San Martín, de Chile.

    ¡Please: the film complete!

  3. Timothy Dingman

    John Rait. I can't believe the quality of the voice and the acting

  4. Ejame Medal

    I love this musical too!!!

  5. Katie Wahl

    Woof. I've heard a lot of versions of this but this one just hurts my ears. I'm sure they're probably hitting the right notes but the lilt/yodels at the end legitimately hurt my ears.

    Maverik

    Katie Wahl well Dorris is definitely hitting the notes a little flat, but the yodeling is supposed to be there for sure.

  6. Jalen Morrison

    There once was a man who loved a woman
    She was the one he slew a dragon for
    They say that nobody ever loved as much as he-ee
    But me-ee
    I love you more.
    (BABE: Tell me!)
    And there once was a man who loved a woman
    She was the one he gave his kingdom for
    They say that nobody ever loved as much as he-ee
    But me-ee
    I love you more
    My love is a giant, fierce and defiant
    But how can I prove it to you?
    Ain't got no kingdom or dragon
    To back up my braggin'
    How can I show what I would do?
    I only know there once was a man
    Who loved a woman
    She was the one he ate the apple for
    They say that nobody ever loved as much as he-ee
    But me-ee, I love you more
    BABE:There once was a woman who loved a man
    He was the one that she took poison for
    They say that nobody ever loved as much as she-ee
    But me-ee, I love you more
    And there once was a woman who loved a man,
    He was the one she swam the channel for
    They say that nobody ever loved as much as she-ee
    But me-ee, I love you more.
    My love's meteoric, it's merely historic
    A whirlwind, a cyclone on wheels
    It rocks my whole solar plexus,
    It's bigger than Texas
    I just can't tell you how it feels
    I only know there once was a woman
    Who loved a man
    Loved him enough to cause the Trojan War
    They say that nobody ever loved as much as she-ee
    But me-ee,
    I love you more! more! more! more!
    More than a hangman loves his rope
    More than a dopefiend loves his dope
    More than an Injun loves his scalps
    More than a yodeler loves his alps
    More More More more more!
    SID: There once was a man who loved a woman
    BABE: there once was a woman who loved a man
    SID: She was the one he slew the dragon for
    BABE: He was the one that she took poison for
    SID // BABE: They say that nobody ever loved as much as he-ee // she-ee
    BOTH: But me-ee, I love you more!
    But me-ee-ee-ee-ee! I love you more!

  7. Maya jade

    I was in this play at my sleep away camp!

  8. leyla orlando

    We're doing this for our senior play and I'm Jenatte

  9. limors

    This was one of my favorite & most watched movies growing up. No wonder I like musicals so much!

  10. daniel stanwyck

    I wonder why Raitt did  not make it bigger in the movies.  He had all the prerequisites:  good looking, talent, a nice guy persona.  All that and a nickel won't get you on the bus anymore.

    nick palmeri

    they shood have sang this at kate n will wedding

    joeb267382

    The main reason John Raitt didn't have more success in films was because he really couldn't act at all. Many fans of this film say that the worst thing about it was the monologues by John Raitt. John Raitt had a good run on Broadway but eventually people like Jerry Orbach and Angela Lansbury started doing musicals and Raitt just wasn't anywhere near as good as them. I believe that's why John Raitt stopped working on Broadway by late the late 60s and only did Summer Stock. Even today Hugh Jackman is a far better Broadway performer than Raitt ever was.

    poetcomic1

    He was the greatest in Carousel and a wonderful Curly in Oklahoma. They always gave the movie roles of the hit musicals to Gordon Macrae who had a pretty voice but lacked that masculine presence of Raitt. Doris Day couldn't resist, in this number, giving him a cute slap on his butt - you won't see that in anyother fifties musical!

    joeb267382

    But did you actually think that Raitt could act?

    Margaret Stix

    John Raitt is such a bad actor in Pajama Game, that it is painful to watch. So outshone by the rest of the cast.

  11. nick palmeri

    who was the man who gave his kingdom

    Jeffrey Bradshaw

    Likely refers to King Edward VIII. In 1936 he abdicated the throne of England in order to marry Wallis Simpson.

    nick palmeri

    @Jeffrey Bradshaw the shood have sang it at kate n will's wedding

  12. Chelsea Hernandez

    they're gonna do this play at my school i'm towards the end of february i'm trying out for babe williams

  13. Charlee Shaw

    Love this movie

  14. islezeus

    you need to get a life

  15. Peter Shalen

    I listened to the record dozens of times when I was a kid in the '50's, but I'd never seen it on stage or screen before. It's delightful.

  16. crizzy8

    Very little musicality...

    Ronette Pulaski

    insipid comment

  17. Josquinquin

    Uh.. Non-singers here calling "straight tone" singing out of tune, need to get over it a d get with a decent goal coach. .. Stretch your ears, fools!!

    serenity rahn

    especially since it's more of a comedy than a romantic song and the "body language" is quite cute!

  18. Caleb Goodness

    After playing the piano part in the pit for this song, I can't listen to it without pulling my hair out!

    serenity rahn

    and that's why you came here to listen to it yet one more time?

    Ronette Pulaski

    um ... then why are you lurking here exactly?

  19. Sky Full Of Cosplay

    I just say this today a conastoga and it was amazing you should go see I if you live near there

  20. 180blackops

    I'm pop

  21. Rachael C

    OMG I'm soo scared now cause I just got the lead of babe.... I've never got such a big lead before.

  22. MegoSamaLadySir

    I had just seen the play today and can't get this song out of my head XD

  23. 204sbb

    oh god i'm auditioning with this song tomorrow...why...god...no...

  24. Sephirothskr

    I hate this song. But besides this song, great play great movie!

  25. Maurice Laperriere

    Out of tune but a great classic. I am wondering how come this tune has not been arranged more after more than half of a century. Every time I listen to it, like to night while I am on call at the ER, the out of tune spells hurt my throat...but I still like it...a lot.

  26. Charkie

    @voyger29 correction: if i must say so Lucille Ball is another great

  27. Charkie

    love my auntie D in this this flim she's is great. I must sayso is Lucille Ball. They just dont come like that anymore.

  28. Snowydog123

    Its harder to cultivate leading men with so little being done on Broadway in terms of new work, but how about Brent Barrett and George Dvorsky doing these parts regionally. Oh yeah and Harry Connick.

  29. morgan painter

    Yeah the guy had talent. We need some like him to crowd out the junk music flooding the market.

  30. Nancy Elizabeth

    2:45 Oh, that's sexy. If I was a man, I'd find that to be just the sexiest pose ever.

  31. sqweebs2

    Doris Day and John Raitt, AMAZING mixture!

  32. ninaplaysguitar

    John Raitt going up on the "me-e's!" is the BEST.

  33. theblueangel28

    this is one of my favorite musicals of all time..i used to watched this song 5 times a day on my vhs!!

  34. Josh w

    @MrMusic1983 U r hearing tone and lack of energy/air through the pitch, the pitches are centered, the may be microtonally flat, MAYBE but you are interpreting one musical inaccuracy as another.

  35. MrMusic1983

    @Jessieboo1991 Indeed - she has .. [had] .. quite a 'belty' voice (I guess you could consider her a 'belter' in some ways) and it's probably the forcing of the voice which sometimes caused the intonation problems heard in this clip. But, does it really matter? Probably not - she was a great performer!

  36. MrMusic1983

    @Jessieboo1991 Doris is great, but her singing is pretty out of tune in many places which is a shame really.

  37. mmcckkgg

    Doris Day was such a bundle of energy. What a great voice. I never saw a Doris Day film I didn't like. And she is such a great Human being for all she has done for animal rights.

  38. mistresspat7

    I read sometime ago during the filming of this scene he accidently hurt or broke her ribs. Obviously a strong guy. Great movie i love this scene.

    Patricia Giannascoli

    I did not read that he broke her ribs. However, I did read that James Garner broke her ribs in one of their movies.

  39. vilhelmcasp

    anyone remember when movie actors were THIS talented?

  40. Neverwalkingalone

    What an abusive relationship. Poor guy.

  41. ɐuoıɟ ɹǝllıɯ

    Love this movie, love this song. Doris Day and John Raitt are both amazing. Love both costumes, love everything.

  42. Mackenzie Reilly

    About the whole Injun thing, it's funny cuz I was recently in a production of this and we changed the line for that. Then one night the girl playing Babe forgot her line and said "more than a climber loves the alps," so sid had no choice but to say the cut line!!! What a fun time.

    serenity rahn

    PCing a musical from the 1950's? Personally i've always been surprised the line "more than a dope fiend loves his dope" has never been cut

  43. Inactive

    @dnhgry
    and i have to sing it for caberae....

  44. Noah Pinto

    @AnarchyNakiwarai
    Yes, I do know my history, and their are two parts of that line that are offensive. First referring to Native Americans as "injuns" is the first part that's bad, and the second is the idea that they love scalping. It's a crude stereotype and also simply not true - European settlers and Americans scalped more Native Americans than the other way around.

    But since you agree that it's offensive...why are you calling me out? Perplexing.

  45. Noah Pinto

    "More than an Injun loves his scalps"?

    Uhhh. OFFENSIVE.

  46. Jason Fu

    I wonder why the neighbors haven't come out and yelled at them yet. Haha.

  47. Tara

    This song is so cute. I saw this musical at my school today i loved it. I didn't know it was from the 50s. Anyway i love this musical

    "There Once Was a Man, who loved a womaaaan"

  48. RetroEstate

    25 years old--all I listen to are musicals,classic standards,harry connick jr,sinatra,dean martin...good stuff..

  49. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz675

    yikes don't touch doris days pretty ribs lol

  50. JadedBass

    no i do too. there are people like us out there...

  51. lisambofoh

    I must be the only 21 year old who has this on their Ipod.

    serenity rahn

    good for you! getting off to a good start, i see

  52. Cheyenne McKenzie

    i love this movie!!!!!

  53. Griffith Harland

    "Sorry!!!!! This was 1954. I played these old 78's on my Gramaphone ."

  54. Griffith Harland

    At this time. Elvis was still a dream. This was 1964..

  55. Miss ABC123

    i love her voice!!!

  56. Juliaflo

    Nope--Damn Yankees.

  57. Juliaflo

    Pop quiz--What musical emanated from the boilerplate for The Pajama Game (The correct answer will score you a home run).

    serenity rahn

    either Bye Bye Birdie or .... How To Succeed in Business (Without Really Trying)?

  58. Snowydog123

    Yup that too!!

  59. Juliaflo

    He also sired Bonnie.

  60. Lily Baker

    doris is beautiful in whatever but I hate that haircut! too masculine

    serenity rahn

    what bothers me is how she has to hold the left side in place for the dips -- distracting. No hairspray in that era?

  61. DorisDayFanatic

    Deehouse55, It already is uploaded! If you want a link just send me a message!

  62. Snowydog123

    Everyone comments on Doris Day, and she is great in this scene, but how about John Raitt. He really fills those pants and that tight shirt. He was quite a hunk o guy. Oh, and he could sing, too.

  63. unadka

    I just checked all versions of this and other songs from Pajama game. Noone singer is near Doris. She is the greatest in singing and acting.
    I agree with you DDno1 by saying to Doris
    I LOVE YOU MORE!

  64. dorisdayno1

    tell me!!! doris is the best singer in the world - i love love love her!
    my favourite song from the movie the high notes at the end - only doris could do that! my idol! ps i'm nearly 18 loved her all my life , my life, my world! but memememem i love you moreeeeeeeee!

  65. J. Emy

    aaw, that's fun.

  66. Zoe Sun

    Thank U

  67. Tolfaen

    I love this song so much!!! It's my favorite from the show!!!

  68. easycomedy

    I wasn't saying JUST because she was in movies...I'm saying WATCH them and you'll find out what I mean. I don't care whether you're trying to force someone to think something or not--you're still wrong. Decades of music listeners will agree with me. I seriously doubt you've ever listened to anything else she's done...even singers are allowed to mess up once or twice. Don't use this film as an example of what she is about, musically.

  69. easycomedy

    Okay, you've obviously seen VERY few Doris films (if not just this one). BUT ANYWAY, "her singing was not up to par with the other singers in her day"...that's almost unworthy of comment. Still let me educate you here: Calamity Jane, Tea for Two, Lullaby of Broadway, and Pillow Talk. This, grant it, is probably not her best film. Still she WAS awesome then and she is now!

    serenity rahn

    for my Boomer generation, you only have to say Que sera, sera and everybody thinks Doris Day ...

  70. theknack101

    Not really. The techs at my school got into the music backstage. Much dancing. but that was footloose. Still, you get the point

  71. bait668

    i was also a techie for my schools production of this i also know all the lyrics of all the songs sad isn't it?

  72. MuzzyVanH

    Yes, you are correct re. DD's casting, as Fosse was new to behind the scenes film/Hollywood and it would not have been left to him to cast a Big budget,technicolor Musical. I believe Cagney was impressed by Doris Day because they had worked together in Warners' 1950's THE WEST POINT STORY. He told powers that be at MGM something like: "...why not get that little blonde girl at Warners, she'll be fine." when suggesting that Day play R.Etting. He was right.

  73. Daylin Skye

    Doris Day is so amazing and so sexy.

  74. DeathGodRiku

    I have to agree

  75. Jade Fuda

    i watched this movie the other day!! LOVE this part especially!

  76. MuzzyVanH

    Bob Fosse's choreography should not be overlooked in regard to giving many of the numbers in this film an extraordinary punch and excitement.
    Raitt is great, and Doris Day shows us she is just as 'at home' tossing around a belted lyric with glee as she is soothing a beautiful ballad,...or fronting a Big Band.
    All makes for great entertainment.
    One of her best performances, even acting-wise, is as Ruth Etting in LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME, someone was brilliant enough to cast her opposite Cagney.

    serenity rahn

    wait, what? BOB FOSSE choreo'd this scene? No wonder it holds the eye so well ...

  77. Alli Noto

    i was in this play in my school and it was greattt

  78. MarcosCohen

    Thanks! Yes, RENT is my favorite musical ever and Mark Cohen is such an amazing part, my favorite ever as well. So here in my country, Mark is called Marcos, so is just a little joke. Glad you liked it :)

  79. sereniti2

    i adore doris day

  80. JakeRyanFilms

    but that's the point. they are supposed to sound like hicks and just sound silly and crazy in love. etc. etc.

  81. Kitten Kay Sera

    I Totally agree! Doris is THE MOST LOVELY singer/actress of our time !! I recently went to Carmel By The Sea with my friend and our dogs to trrrrry and meet my IDOL! THIS WHOLE adventure can be see in my new Show "The Kitten and Kisses Show" on youtube...and is entitled "DAY OF DORIS" (its divided into two parts)
    It's alot of fun.....Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps we get a Doris Sighting! Tune in to see :)

  82. esf1994

    This is the musical for my school this year. It's such a powerful song I don't know how people will be able to sing this at my school age. Let's just hope they can lol.

  83. Seth Hunt

    John Raitt ROCKS! Let's not forget he is in this clip too!

  84. MarcosCohen

    No, this is just becase Apollo used to be a place for black singers and DOris Day just wouldn't fit there, you know?

  85. George Lyons

    They just don't make 'em like this anymore - the shows or the singers.John Raitt and Doris Day are superb.

  86. DezdemonaThanatos

    I'm probably just confused but I thought Rock Hudson played Sid...But I've got a crap memory.

  87. Seth Hunt

    John Raitt is for sure better than Harry Conick Jr.

  88. David Garnes

    She doesn't sound awful. She just isn't trying to sound "pretty" in this song--it's meant to be sung exactly the way she does it. She was at her peak when this film was made.

  89. Mary Hannah Ellis

    Are you kidding me? Doris Day sounds awful.