I like to be in America Okay by me in America Everything free in America For a small fee in America Ole Buying on credit is so nice One look at us and they charge twice I have my own washing machine What will you have though to keep clean? Skyscrapers bloom in America Cadillacs zoom in America Industry boom in America 12 in a room in America Lots of more housing with more space Lots of doors slamming in our face I’ll get a terrace apartment Better get rid of your accent Life can be bright in America If you can fight in America Life is alright in America If you’re “all white” in America Here you are free and you have pride As long as you stay on your own side Free to be anything you choose Free to wait tables and shine shoes Everywhere crime in America Organized crime in America Terrible time in America You forget I’m in America I think I’ll go back to San Juan I know a boat you can get on Everyone there will give big cheer! Everyone there will have moved here

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. This came right at the tail end of the Golden Era of the Silver Screen.

    Sadly, within 10 years that golden era would be dead. By 1970, Hollywood, as everyone had known it, was in the doldrums. Musicals and Westerns were out, and movie theatres all over the world were closing down.

    It would take a massive course change in the mid 70s to start turning the tide. Sci-fi's were in, cold war dramas, cop movies, disaster movies, all coming to the big screen in order to start a revival but, by the end of the 80s, and early 90s, post-advent of home entertainment systems, Hollywood was in another dark place.

    It wasn't until the mid to late 90s the Hollywood would start to make money again.

    But as for the Golden Era, it was an era will never return.

    Sad.

  2. After reading several HUNDRED comments, I find nothing to quibble about. Moreno, Chakiris–and ALL the dancers–are phenomenal. However, as good as they are, it only seems appropriate to throw in a comment about the person who created this choreograpy–Jerome Robbins, who directed and choreographed the original Broadway production. Originally hired to choreograph the dancing in the film version, he said he would take the job only if he could also direct the entire picture. But the studio wanted a movie veteran, so Robert Wise (editor of CITIZEN KANE, and, later, director of THE SOUND OF MUSIC) was hired to direct the non-dancing scenes. Wise and Robbins shared directing credit.
    Robbins' perfectionism became a problem. He kept changing the numbers once the production was on location. He ran up so much overtime, 20th Century Fox ultimately fired him. His assistants, however, stayed on, and all the choreography is his.
    At Oscar time, Robbins and Wise shared the Academy Award for best direction.

  3. I used to think that "Singin' In The Rain" was the best movie musical, but after seeing this on the big screen (THANK YOU, FATHOM EVENTS!!!), there's no contest. Not only is this the greatest musical ever, it's a great movie, period.

  4. This play used to be common production among high school shows in the late 1960s to the early 1970s. But it fell out of the times due to its gang line and fears of gang conflicts at the venues.

    See what happens with bringing it back.

  5. The irony of that line “if your are white in America” because they all are white playing brown people

  6. "everything is alright in America" "If you're all white in America" toujours d 'actualité en 2019…..

  7. The fact that this song still holds up almost 60 years later if not becoming more relevant than in the time period it came out in, shout out to the writers of this film for making something that is both very smart and truly timeless.

  8. I hope the Anita in the remake can dance at least half as good as Rita Moreno. The spectacle of her dance along with the Shakespearean story and the music is what makes West Side Story.

  9. The government of USA should just make Puerto Rico a state of USA. That would solve the problem of these folks

  10. When immigrants were welcomed by America but now, detention facilities are being built on the border. This is THE song of immigrants who want to live in The Land Of The Free

  11. PR's like to argue with GF's by using songs to prove the point.. I have seen that.. Its soo funny.. They start singing to each other.. And the man whistles to her to make fun too. Funny..

  12. talks about ''white privilege'' circa 1961.
    Music ((Leonard Bernstein))
    Lyrics ((Stephen Sondheim))
    Book ((Arthur Laurents))
    Every. Single. Time.

  13. This fantastic sequence doesn’t exist in the stage show. It’s only performed by the Shark girls, with different lyrics (one of the girls is pining for Puerto Rico).
    The Sharks don’t have their own point of view in a song on stage. This makes them look like the bad guys, when really they’re no better or worse than the Jets.

  14. This fantastic sequence doesn’t exist in the stage show. It’s only performed by the Shark girls, with different lyrics (one of the girls is pining for Puerto Rico).
    The Sharks don’t have their own point of view in a song on stage. This makes them look like the bad guys, when really they’re no better or worse than the Jets.

  15. This fantastic sequence doesn’t exist in the stage show. It’s only performed by the Shark girls, with different lyrics (one of the girls is pining for Puerto Rico).
    The Sharks don’t have their own point of view in a song on stage. This makes them look like the bad guys, when really they’re no better or worse than the Jets.

  16. Just fabulous! Rita Moreno must ve been a dancer and George Chakiris too. No wonder WSS received so many awards

  17. FROM: PUERTO RICO; HI EVERIBODY!! RITA MORENO, YOU LOOK VERY NICE. I DONT NOW SPEKE INGLISH BUT I GOING TO TRIED. I LIVE IN PUERTO RICO, BUT I FEEL HAPPY WHEN I SEE RITA MORENO. I HAVE 70 YEARS AND I WHANT A SAID. RITA MORENO CONGRATULATION. EVRYBODY GOD BLESS YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS. AMENNN👉🌟🙏📖🙏🌟👈

  18. Puerto Rico, my heart's devotion
    Let it sink back in the ocean
    Always the hurricanes blowing
    Always the population growing
    And the money owing
    And the sunlight streaming
    And the natives steeming

    I like the Island Manhattan
    (I know you do)
    Smoke on your pipe
    And put that in

    I like to be in America
    Ok by me in America
    Everything free in America
    For a small fee in America

    Buying on credit is so nice
    One look at us and they charge twice

    I have my own washing machine
    What will you have though to keep clean?

    understitial powered by ADITION

    Skyscapers bloom in America
    Cadillacs zoom in America
    Industry boom in America
    Twelve in a room in America

    Lots of new housing with more space
    Lots of doors slamming in our face

    I'll get a terrace appartment
    Better get rid of your accent

    Life can be bright in America
    If you can fight in America
    Life is alright in America
    If you're a white in America

    Lalala… America
    America
    Lalala… America

    Here you are free
    And you have pride
    As long as you stay on your own side

    Free to be anything you choose
    Free to wipe tables and shine shoes

    Everywhere grime in America
    Organized crime in America
    Terrible time in America
    You forget I'm in America

    I think I'd go back to San Juan
    I know a boat you can get on (bye bye)

    Everyone there will give big cheer
    Everyone there will have moved here

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