Lyrics by Lorenz Hart, music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics published on The Complete Lyrics of Lorenz Hart
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Dropped before the New Y ork opening. Intended for Act II, Scene 3.
Alternate title: "Life! Liberty! And the Pursuit of You" It was sung in the New Haven and Boston tryouts by Jack Haley, Shirley Ross, and ensemble.
It was replaced by "I'm Afraid".

Tag: History / Love /

In seventeen hundred and seventy-six
Hancock put his Hancock
On some hist'ry-making tricks.
In nineteen-forty I want to make it known
I have a doctrine of my own.


Life! Liberty!
And the pursuit of you!
I pledge allegiance to two eyes of blue.
Life! Liberty!
And the escape of me!
I couldn't use them, I'd refuse them-
Never set me free.
My folks, and their descendants,
Were all Yanks, and how! 
I make my Declaration of Dependence
Right here and now! 
Take my life! Liberty!
And my devotion, too.
I belong to you!

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