Ugly People

Written in answer to that annoyingly upbeat and optimistic Up with People song and movement, Ugly People won first prize at the Merrimack College Talent Show that year.  I performed it there as a sing-along, teaching the audience the chorus, and exhorting them to hold hands,sing loud, and tell each other how ugly they were.  For weeks afterward one could hear the Ugly People chorus spontaneously ringing out in the halls of the Merrimack College Student Union Building -- my biggest hit.
 
words and music by Tony Provencher - 1967
Vocal, acoustic and electric Guitars, and Tambourine - Tony Provencher
Album: The Jealous  Sea - Part I  - The Rape of Solitude
Lyrics
(Chorus) Look around at all the ugly people.
Look around and see them stare at you.
Look around at this poor world around you.
Look around, and tell me skies are blue.

See the little children playing with their toys,
Dolls for the little girls, trucks for the boys.
See the little black girl; she wants to play;
Hear the children laugh at her, chasing her away.

Hello, How are you? Well, I guess I'm doing fine;
I don't want to bother you with what's been on my mind
Hello, How are you? Well, I guess I'm doing swell,
Doing fine and dandy, guess I wish you'd go to...

Look around... (Repeat Chorus)

See the man in black; he is mourning for his friend.
"He was such a good man; his life didn't have to end!"
You say that he was honest, loyal, strong, and brave...
Would you give him your cozy bed, and lie inside his grave?

Hello, Missus Land, would you like a cup of tea?
Have you heard the news about the Brewster family?
Hello, Missus Dillon, have you heard the word?
Yes, and I have told you even more than I have heard.

Look around at all the ugly people.
Look around and see them stare at you.
Look around at this poor world around you.
Look around, and tell me skies are blue.

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