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Jacob & Sons/Joseph's Coat

This song is by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice and appears on the musical soundtrack Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968).

[Narrator]
Way way back many centuries ago
Not long after the Bible began
Jacob lived in the land of Canaan
A fine example of a family man

Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Depended on farming to earn their keep
Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Spent all of his days in the fields with sheep

Jacob was the founder of a whole new nation
Thanks to the number of children he had
He was also known as Israel, but most of the time
His sons and his wives used to call him "Dad"

Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Men of the soil, of the sheaf and crook
Jacob! Jacob and Sons
A remarkable family in anyone's book

[Narrator and ensemble]
Reuben was the eldest of the children of Israel
With Simeon and Levi the next in line
Napthali and Isaachar with Asher and Dan
Zebulon and Gad took the total to nine

Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Benjamin and Judah, which leaves only one
Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Joseph, Jacob's favorite son

Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Jacob! Jacob! Jacob!
Jacob and Sons


[Jacob]
Joseph's mother, she was quite my favorite wife
I never really loved another all my life
And Joseph was my joy because
He reminded me of her

[Narrator]
Through young Joseph Jacob lived his youth again
Loved him, praised him, gave him all he could, but then
It made the rest feel second best
And even if they were

[Brothers]
Being told we're also-rans
Does not make us Joseph fans

[Narrator]
But where they had really missed the boat is

[Brothers]
We're great guys but no one seems to notice

[Narrator]
Joseph's charm and winning smile
Failed to slay them in the aisle
And his father couldn't see the danger
He could not imagine any danger
He just saw in Joseph all his dreams come true

Jacob wanted to show the world he loved his son
To make it clear that Joseph was the special one
So Jacob bought his son a coat,
A multi-colored coat to wear

[Brothers and Female Ensemble]
Joseph's coat was elegant, the cut was fine
The tasteful style was the ultimate in good design
And this is why it caught the eye
A king would stop and stare!

[Narrator]
And when Joseph tried it on
He knew his sheepskin days were gone

[Narrator, Female Ensemble and Children]
Such a dazzling coat of many colors
How he loved his coat of many colors

[Narrator]
In a class above the rest,
It even went well with his vest
Such a stunning coat of many colors
How he loved his coat of many colors
It was red and yellow and green and brown and blue

Joseph's brothers weren't too pleased with what they saw

[Brothers]
We had never liked him all that much before
And now this coat has got our goat
We feel life is unfair!

[Narrator, Female Ensemble and Children]
And when Joseph graced the scene
His bothers turned a shade of green
His astounding clothing took the biscuit

[Brothers]
Quite the smoothest person in the district

[Joseph]
I look handsome, I look smart
I am a walking work of art
Such a dazzling coat of many colors
How I love my coat of many colors

[Narrator, Joseph, Ensemble and Children]
It was red and yellow and green and brown
And scarlet and black and ochre and peach
And ruby and olive and violet and fawn
And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve
And cream and crimson and silver and rose
And azure and lemon and russet and grey
And purple and white and pink and orange

And red and yellow and green and brown
And scarlet and black and ochre and peach
And ruby and olive and violet and fawn
And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve
And cream and crimson and silver and rose
And azure and lemon and russet and grey
And purple and white and pink and orange and blue!

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