Gilbert and Sullivan: If You Give Me Your Attention (King Gama from Princess Ida)
To compliments inflated I’ve a withering reply; And vanity I always do my best to mortify; A charitable action I can skillfully dissect; And interested motives I’m delighted to detect; I know ev’rybody’s income and what ev’rybody earns; And I carefully compare it with the income-tax returns; But to benefit humanity however much I plan, Yet ev’rybody says I’m such a disagreeable man! And I can’t think why! J
I’m sure I’m no ascetic; I’m as pleasant as can be; You’ll always find me ready with a crushing repartee, I’ve an irritating chuckle, I’ve a celebrated sneer, I’ve an entertaining snigger, I’ve a fascinating leer. To ev’rybody’s prejudice I know a thing or two; I can tell a woman’s age in half a minute — and I do. But although I try to make myself as pleasant as I can, Yet ev’rybody says I’m such a disagreeable man! And I can’t think why!