So Pretty

(1968)

"So Pretty" is a song by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The song was written for a New York concert titled "Broadway For Peace, 1968," which protested the Vietnam War.

So Pretty
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green


We were learning in our school today
All about a country far away
Full of lovely temples painted gold,
Modern cities, jungles ages old.
And the people are so pretty there,
Shining smiles and shiny eyes and hair.


Then I had to ask my teacher why
War was making all those people die.
They’re so pretty, so pretty.


Then my teacher said and took my hand,
“They must die for peace you understand.”
But they’re so pretty, so pretty.


I don’t understand.


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