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Rodgers and Hammerstein Explain Tabletop Roleplaying


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Gaming historian Shannon Applecline will tell you that tabletop roleplaying began in 1974 with the publication of the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons.  However, perhaps the most coherent explanation of "What is role-playing?" was issued in 1957 by composers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.  They were collaborating on one of their last projects together, writing the first musical specifically created for television.  It was "Cinderella"' and starred Julie Andrews in the title role.  Their lyrics for "In .My Own Little Corner" totally nails roleplaying, at least as I have experienced it.  Give a listen and see what you think.

The musical has been remade several times.  I grew up with the 1965 version starring Lesley Ann Warren but the 1997 release with Brandi Norwood is fun, too.


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According to lyricfind, the lyrics are:


I'm as mild and as meek as a mouse
When I hear a command I obey
But I know of a spot in my house
Where no one can stand in my way
In my own little corner
In my own little chair
I can be whatever I want to be
On the wing of my fancy
I can fly anywhere
And the world will open its arms to me
I'm a young Norwegian princess or a milkmaid
I'm the greatest prima donna in Milan
I'm an heiress who has always had her silk made
By her own flock of silkworms in Japan!
I'm a girl men go mad for, love's a game I can play
With a cool and confident kind of air
Just as long as I stay
In my own little corner
All alone
In my own
Little chair
I can be whatever I want to be
I'm a thief in Calcutta
I'm a queen in Peru
I'm a mermaid dancing upon the sea
I'm a huntress on an African safari
(It's a dangerous kind type sport and yet it's fun)
In the night I sally forth to seek my quarry
And I find I forgot to bring my gun!
I am lost in the jungle
All alone and unarmed
When I meet a lioness in her lair!
Then I'm glad to be back
In my own little corner
All alone
In my own
Little chair

Simon Phipp - Caldmore Chameleon - Wallowing in my elitism since 1982. Many Systems, One Family. Just a fanboy. 


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