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​The First Thing You Know

This song is by Lee Marvin and appears on the movie soundtrack Paint Your Wagon (1969).

Original video
God made the mountains
God made the sky
God made the people
God knows why

He fixed up the planet
As best as He could
Then in come the people
And gum it up good

The first thing you know

They civilized the foothills
And everywhere He put hills
The mountains and valleys below
They come along and take 'em
And civilize and make 'em
A place where no civilized
Person would go

The first thing you know
The first thing you know

They civilize what's pretty
By puttin' up a city
Where nothin' that's
Pretty can grow

They muddy up the winter
And civilize it inter
A place too uncivilized
Even for snow

The first thing you know

They civilize left
They civilize right
Till nothing is left
Till nothing is right

They civilize freedom
Till no one is free
No one except
By coincidence, me

The first thing you know

The boozer's in prison
And the criminal, he isn't
And only the rascals have dough

When I see a parson
I gotta put my arse in
The wagon that follows the tail of the crow
The first thing you know
I pick up and blow
The first thing you know

Music by:

André Previn Wikipedia16

Lyrics by:

Alan Jay Lerner