Streisand, Barbra - Adelaide's Lament Lyrics

The average unmarried female
Basic'lly insecure
Due to some long frustration
May react
With psychosomatic symptoms
Difficult to endure
Affecting the upper respiratory tract
In other words,
Just from waiting around
For that little band of gold
A person can develop a cold
You can spray her wherever you figure
The streptococci lurk
You can give her a shot
For whatever she's got
But it just won't work
If she's tired of getting the fish-eye
From the hotel clerk
A person
Can develop a cold
The female remaining single
Just in the legal sense
Shows a neurotic tendency
See note:
Note: Chronic organic syndromes
Toxic and hypertense
Involving the eye,
The ear and the nose and throat
In other words,
Just from worrying
Whether the wedding is on or off,
A person
Can develop a cough
You can feed her all day
With the Vitamin A
And the Bromo Fizz
But the medicine never
Gets anywhere near
Where the trouble is
If she's getting a kind
Of name for herself
And the name ain't "his"
A person
Can develop a cough
And further more
Just from stalling
And stalling and stalling
The wedding trip
A person
Can develop La grippe
When they get on a train
For Niag'ra
And she can hear church bells chime
The compartment is air conditioned
And the mood sublime
Then they get off at Saratoga
For the fourteenth time
A person
Can develop La grippe
La grippe, La post nasal drip
With the wheezes
And the sneezes
And a sinus that's really a pip!
For a lack of community property
And a feeling she's getting too old
A person
Can develop
A bad, bad cold!

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Streisand, Barbra Adelaide's Lament Comments
  1. S Robin Dittrich

    I love love love her singing this ditty from Guys and Dolls.

  2. Donuts And Gravy

    Bless you

  3. Manuel Orozco

    This version by Ms. Streisand is surprisingly sexy.

  4. kari p

    I always love her big finishes and this one doesn't disappoint.

  5. Judi Gunn

    She sings great. But the arrangement is just silly. Way, way too much orchestration (good grief, all those strings!) for what's basically a straightforward Broadway belter tune. Frank Loesser is shuddering somewhere.


    Judi Gunn Yeah, but come’s Barbra. I wouldn’t care if it was 2000 kazoos accompanying her. 😂

  6. עדן היילפרין

    As always, and with all due respect to Vivian Blaine, Streisand's rendition is the best by far.

  7. Streisand

    Talk about a funny girl

  8. Robin Iveson

    This is not one of her best CD's but the music she has chosen is perfect for her.


    Robin Iveson Oh, I disagree. This was the album (1985) that made me a fan. ❤️

  9. Emily Dorothy

    babs you never fail to astound me

  10. Linda Robinson

    Just think this absolutely fits her actress and her comedian persona! Can just "see" her doing it! So much in character! She is really a very funny person. Love it!

  11. Omar N.

    i love her but this is not fitting


    Omar N. are you crazy

    Gini Chesney

    It's from a movie and it fits the character's part.


    Omar N. Fitting? I do not think that word means what you think it means 😂

    John Walters

    Well she got her start singing Miss Marmlestein

  12. Daniel

    When I saw this clip, I thought no way. Barbra is a star but this isn't her sort of song. But she does bloody well, doesn't she?

  13. misterashley

    Great rendition of this funny song.

  14. Chris Sparks

    this was a blast!

  15. marie roberts

    I love this song on her Broadway album. Laugh everytime I hear it. Thanks for posting it!