I'm the Greatest Star

Barbra Streisand

About I'm the Greatest Star

"I'm the Greatest Star" is a popular song from the 1964 musical Funny Girl. The show tune was composed by written by Jule Styne with lyrics by Bob Merrill. Barbra Streisand performed it in the role of Fanny Brice, first in the Broadway cast, then again in the 1968 film adaptation. The song was first included on the original Broadway cast recording album Funny Girl, which was a best-seller in 1964.


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I got 36 expressions!
Sweet as pie to tough as leather
And that's 36 expressions more than all those Baltimores puttogether.
So 'stead of just kicking me why don't they give me a lift?
Well, it must be a plot!
'Cause their scared that I got...such a gift?
Well, I'll nift.

Cause I'm
The Greatest Star
I am by far!
But no one knows it--WAIT!
They're gonna hear a voice
A silver flute (ah ah ah ah)
They'll cheer each toot
(Yeah, that kids terrific, mmm)

When I expose it
(Now can't ya see to look at me that)
I'm a natural Camille.
As Camille I just feel
I've so much to offer
(Now listen Mr. Z I know I'd be divine because)

I'm a natural cough
(ahoo, aheh, ahay)
Some ain't got it, not a lot
I'm a great big clump of talent
(ha ha ha ha)

They'll bend in half
A thousand jokes
(Stick around for the jokes!)
A thousand faces
I reiterate

When ya gifted, then ya gifted
These are facts 
I've got no acts to parade
Hey, what ya blind?
In all of the world so far
I'm the greatest star

Who is the pip with pizzas?
Who is all ginger and jazz?
Who is as glamorous as?
Who's an American beauty rose?
With an American beauty NOSE!!!
And ten American beauty toes?

Eyes on the target and wham
One shot on gun shot and BAM!
Hey hey hey hey world!
Here I am!

I'm the greatest star
I am by far
But no one knows it
That's why I was born
I'll blow my horn
'Til someone blows back

I gotta break the lights
I'm gonna make 'em fight
I'll flicker and flare up!
All of the world's gonna star up!
Looking down you'll never see me,
Try the sky cause that'll be me!

I can make 'em cry!
I can make 'em sigh!
Someday they'll clamor for my drama
Have ya guessed YET!
Who's the best yet?

If ya late I'll tell ya one more time
You bet ya last dime
In all of the world so far
I am the greatest, greatest

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Barbra Streisand

Barbra Joan Streisand (born Barbara Joan Streisand /ˈstraɪsænd/; April 24, 1942) is an American singer, actress, writer, film producer, and director. She has won two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors award, a Peabody Award, and is one of the few entertainers who has won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. more »

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Written by: Jule Styne, Bob Merrill

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

Musical Origin
"I'm the Greatest Star" is a key song from the 1964 Broadway musical "Funny Girl".
The song was originally performed by Barbra Streisand. Streisand is not only noted as a singer but is also a well-renowned actress, winning multiple Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy awards in her career.
Musical Role
Within the musical, the song is sung by the character Fanny Brice, marking her ambition to find glory and success as a performer in Broadway.
Composer and Lyricist
The song was composed by Jule Styne, with lyrics by Bob Merrill. The duo is also responsible for the rest of the musical's score.
It is interesting to note that "Funny Girl" is based off the life of vaudeville star Fanny Brice. Brice herself was a popular figure in the early 20th century whose life saw a rags-to-riches trajectory that the song seeks to encapsulate.
Broadway Debut
"I'm the Greatest Star" is one of the songs that cemented Barbra Streisand's status as a Broadway icon. Her performance in "Funny Girl" won her the Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical in 1964.
Film Adaptation
The song was also included in the 1968 film adaptation of "Funny Girl", once again performed by Streisand. Her performance in the film led to her winning an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Cover Versions
Beyond Streisand's initial performance, the song has been covered by numerous performers such as Ryan McCartan in the 2016 Broadway musical revue "Sondheim on Sondheim".
The whole musical, including the song "I'm The Greatest Star", is noted for its reflection of the experience of many Broadway hopefuls, underscoring the dreams and trials of performers seeking stardom while confronting self-doubt and adversity.
Despite being over half a century old, "I'm the Greatest Star", much like the rest of "Funny Girl", remains influential in musical theatre and continues to be a touchstone for discussions around gender, ambition, and show business.

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