Friday, September 04, 2009

South Pacific

This lyric is from the show 'South Pacific' by Rogers and Hammerstein.

When the movie version was being filmed the Producers tried to get them to cut this song from the show for fear it might be offensive and alienate some people.

Hammerstein refused because he believed this song encapsulated the core message of the show.

You've Got To Be Carefully Taught

You've got to be taught to hate and fear
You've got to be taught from year to year
It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught

You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
And people whose skin is a different shade
You've got to be carefully taught

You've got to be taught before it's too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You've got to be carefully taught

Rodgers And Hammerstein - South Pacific

1 comment:

Me Savage Lady said...

I'm glad it wasn't cut, as it is one of my favorites!

They almost cut 'somewhere over the rainbow' from wizard of Oz too, as it slowed the viewer down from getting to Oz.

Those pesky producers need to stop cutting things...