Anything You Can Do

Ethel Merman, Ray Middleton Buy

About Anything You Can Do

"Anything You Can Do" is a song composed by Irving Berlin for the 1946 Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun. The song is a duet, with one male singer and one female singer attempting to outdo each other in increasingly complex tasks. In the musical, the song sets the scene for the climactic sharpshooting contest between Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. Its most memorable lines are, "Anything you can do I can do better; I can do anything better than you." The song was first performed in Annie Get Your Gun by Ethel Merman and Ray Middleton. During the song, they argue playfully about who can, for example, sing softer, sing higher, sing sweeter, and hold a note for longer, and boast of their abilities and accomplishments, such as opening safes and living on bread and cheese, although Annie always seems to counter Frank's argument. Neither can "bake a pie," though. 


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2005
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Anything you can do, I can do better than You can do, 
I can do, we can do, I can do, much much better than You.

Anything you can do, I can do better.
I can do anything better than you.
No you can't.
Yes I can.
No you can't.
Yes I can.
No you can't.
Yes I can, yes I can. 

Anything You can be I can be greater.
Sooner or later, I'm greater than you.
No, you're not.
Yes I am.
No you're not.
Yes I am.
No you're not.
Yes I am, yes I am. 

I can shoot a partridge with a single cartridge. 
I can get a sparrow with a bow and arrow. 
We can do most anything. 
Can you bake a pie?
No.
Well Neither can I. 

Anything you can sing I can sing louder.
I can sing anything louder than you. 
No you can't.
Yes I can.
No you can't.
Sure I can.
No you can't.
Yes I can

I'm superior, no you're inferior.
I'm the big attraction, oh no you are the small. 
I'm the major one, oh no you're the minor one,
I can beat you at anything', and that's not all.

Anything you can buy, I can buy cheaper.
I can buy anything cheaper than you. 
Fifty cents. 
Forty cents. 
Thirty cents. 
Twenty cents. 
No you can't.
Yes I can, yes I can. 

Anything you can dig, I can dig deeper.
I can dig anything deeper than you. 
Thirty feet. 
Forty feet. 
Fifty feet. 

I can drink my liquor faster than a flicker. 
I can do it quicker and get even sicker.
I can live on bread and cheese. 
And only on that?
Yep.
So can a rat.

Any note you can reach, I can go higher.
I can sing anything higher than you. 
No you can't.
Yes I can.
No you can't.
Yes I can.
 
Anyone you can lick, I can lick faster.
I can lick anyone faster than you. 
With your fist? 
With my feet. 
With your feet? 
With an axe. 

Anything you can do, I can do better.
I can do anything better than you.
No you can't.
Yes We can.
No you can't.
Yes We can.
No you can't.
Yes We can, yes We can.

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Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her powerful voice and roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage." Among the many standards introduced by Merman in Broadway musicals are "I Got Rhythm", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "Some People", "Rose's Turn", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "It's De-Lovely", "Friendship", "You're the Top", "Anything Goes", and "There's No Business Like Show Business", which later became her theme song. more »

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Written by: IRVING BERLIN

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