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Popular Lyrics

[GALINDA & ELPHABA, spoken]
Elphie, now that we're friends
I've decided to make you my new project
You really don't have to do that
I know. That's what makes me so nice!

[GALINDA]
Whenever I see someone less fortunate than I
And let's face it, who isn't less fortunate than I?

My tender heart tends to start to bleed
And when someone needs a makeover I simply have to take over
I know I know exactly what they need

And even in your case, though it's the toughest case I've yet to face
Don't worry, I'm determined to succeed, follow my lead
And yes, indeed, you will be

Popular, you're gonna be popular
I'll teach you the proper poise when you talk to boys
Little ways to flirt and flounce, ooh!
I'll show you what shoes to wear, how to fix your hair
Everything that really counts to be—

Popular, I'll help you be popular
You'll hang with the right cohorts, you'll be good at sports
Know the slang you've got to know

So let's start cause you've got an awfully long way to go

Don't be offended by my frank analysis
Think of it as personality dialysis
Now that I've chosen to be come a pal
A sister and adviser, there's nobody wiser
Not when it comes to—

Popular, I know about popular
And with an assist from me to be who you'll be
Instead of dreary who-you-were, (well, are)
There's nothing that can stop you from becoming popu-ler... lar


La la, la la
We're gonna make you popular

When I see depressing creatures
With unprepossessing features

I remind them on their own behalf
To think of
Celebrated heads of state or
Especially great communicators
Did they have brains or knowledge?
Don't make me laugh!


They were popular! Please, it's all about popular
It's not about aptitude, it's the way you're viewed

So it's very shrewd to be
Very very popular like me

[GLINDA & ELPHABA, spoken]
Why, Miss Elphaba, look at you. You're beautiful!
I...I have to go
You're welcome...

[Outro: GLINDA]
And though you protest your disinterest
I know clandestinely
You're gonna grin and bear it: your newfound popularity

La la, la la
You'll be popular
Just not as quite as popular as me!

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About “Popular”

Here we have outward enemies finding themselves roommates at Dear Old Shiz, trying to make the best of a strange situation. This song is the classic makeover montage, in musical theater form. The cool girl, here Galinda, decides to make the awkward girl, Elphaba, a little less, well, Elphaba.

Galinda takes away Elphie’s glasses, applies some lipstick, and puts a faux flower her hair. Midway through, Galinda tries to pull a Fairy Godmother and magic wand Elphaba into some new clothes, but her skills aren’t quite there yet. It’s a send-up of Cinderella, Clueless, The Breakfast Club and a thousand other stories where the cute/popular/powerful girl magnanimously deigns to use her gifts to make the world a better place for an unpolished/ugly/nerdy girl.

In the end, the makeover has less than dramatic physical results, but there is a change in the way Elphaba sees herself.

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