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"On The Side Of The Angels"

"On The Side Of The Angels"
from the musical, "Fiorello", by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock.

("Don't worry. Mr. LaGuardia will help you")
What a man! What a job!
All these people who look to us for justice
Trust us!

What a boss to work for!
What a fine, upstanding man he is!
I'll follow in his footsteps and do my level best
To earn a reputation like his

I promise I'll proudly endure the hardships I'll share
Working with this man on the side of the angels
My life will be selfless and pure like Upton Sinclair
Working with this man on the side of the angels

We're marching forward,
Incorruptible, he and I
Battling with evil, fighting till we drop
What a way to die!

So give me your tired, your poor,
And scoundrels, beware
Here we stand in chorus
He and I and Morris
Standing firm side by side on the side of the angels

What a man!
"What a man" is right!
What a job! What a man! What an office!
That line of poor and friendless:
Endless!

Call the fire department
There's another kitten up a tree
Up goes Fiorello and everybody cheers
And what does he use for a ladder?
Me!

Your life is an island of grief
Surrounded by woe
When you choose to work on the side of the angels
My hours of leisure are brief
My wages are low
Working with this man on the side of the angels

That bench stays crowded
It's a regular wailing wall
Penniless and helpless, ignorant and scared
He collects them all

There's never a moment's relief
But this much, I know
Each poor soul I see there
Could be me there
So I stay with this man on the side of the angels

("Mr. LaGuardia, you helping me?" "I'm waiting first")
All right, my friends

I don't wanna go to jail
Tell me what I gotta do
I got such a lot of trouble and grief
I need relief
That's why I come to you

So long as he wants me, I know
I'll always be here
Working by his side on the side of the angels
Wherever he sends me, I'll go
My duty is clear
Working with this man on the side of the angels

Here's one more client
Who's another financial gem
I've yet to see the meek inheriting the earth
We inherit them

He needs me, and so
I'll end my career
Working by his side and proud to be allowed to
Side by side with this man on the side of the angels