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Poor, Poor Joseph

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

[Narrator]
Next day, far from home
The brothers planned the repulsive crime

[Brothers]
Let us grab him now
Do him in, while we've got the time

[Narrator]
This they did and made the most of it
Tore his coat and flung him in a pit

[Brothers]
Let us leave him here
All alone and he's bound to die

[Narrator]
Then some Ishmaelites
A hairy crew came riding by

In a flash the brothers changed their plan

[Brothers]
We need cash! Let's sell him if we can!

[Narrator, Female Ensemble and Children]
Poor, poor Joseph, what'cha gonna do?
Things look bad for you, hey, what'cha gonna do?
Poor, poor Joseph, what'cha gonna do?
Things look bad for you, hey, what'cha gonna do?

[Brothers]
Could you use a slave,
You hairy bunch of Ishmaelites?
Young, strong, well-behaved
Going cheap, and he reads and writes

[Narrator]
In a trice the dirty deal was done
Silver coins for Jacob's favorite son
Then the Ishmaelites galloped off with the slave in tow
Off to Egypt where Joseph was not keen to go
It wouldn't be a picnic he could tell

[Joseph]
And I don't speak Egyptian very well

[Narrator]
Joseph's brothers tore his precious multi-colored coat
Having ripped it up they next attacked a passing goat
Soon the wretched creature was no more
They dipped his coat in blood and guts and gore

Oh now brothers, how low can you stoop?
You make a sordid group, hey, how low can you stoop?
Poor, poor Joseph, sold to be a slave
Situation's grave, hey, sold to be a slave
Sold to be a slave

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