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​Overture / Big Bright Beautiful World

This song is by Brian D'Arcy James and appears on the musical soundtrack Shrek the Musical (2009).

Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek,
Who lived with his parents in a bog by a tree.
It was a pretty nasty place,
But he was happy because ogres like nasty

On his birthday, the little ogre's parents sat him down to talk,
Just as all ogre's parents had for hundreds of years before.

Listen son, you're growing up so quickly,
Growing up, bigger by the day.

Although we want you here,
The rules are very clear

Now you're seven...
Now you're seven...

So it's time to go away.

Your Mama packed a sandwich for your trip.

Your Papa packed your boots in case of snow.

You're gonna make us proud, no backing up allowed.

Just keep walking...
Just keep walking...

And you'll find somewhere to go.

It's a big bright beautiful world,
With happiness all around.
It's peaches and cream
And every dream comes true.
But not for you.

It's a big, bright, beautiful world,
With possibilities everywhere.
And just around the bend,
There's a friend or two
But not for you.

You're ugly, son,
Which means that life is harder.
People hate the things they cannot understand.

And when they look at us they tend to make a fuss.

Burn our houses down.

And chase us

Off our land.

It's important that you find a cozy cesspit.

A place no one would ever dare to tread.

And if they happen by make sure you terrify them.

If you don't, son...
If you don't, son...

Then you'll surely wind up dead.

Good-bye!
Good-bye!

Watch out for men with pitch-forks!

And so the little ogre went off and found a muddy patch of swampland,
Far, far away from the world that despised him.
And there he stayed for many years.
Tucked away, and all alone... which was just the way he liked it.

Keep your big bright beautiful world.
I'm happy where I am, all alone.
I got all I need,
So read the stinking' sign!

Keep your big bright beautiful world.
I party on my own anyway.
Doin' what I can
With a one-man conga line.

Yeah, your big bright beautiful world
Is all teddy bears and unicorns.
Take your fluffy fun,
And shove it where the sun don't shine!

I prefer a life like this
It's not that complicated.
Sure, I'm fated to be lonely,
And I'm destined to be hated.
If you read the books, they say
It's why I was created.
But I don't care,
Cause being liked
Is grossly overrated.

Who needs a big bright beautiful world?
I got my own little patch of the world!
It's not a big bright beautiful world,
But it's mine! Alone!
It's mine!
And it's mine!
All mine!