ARTIST: Mary Rodgers and Sheldon Harnick
TITLE: William's Doll
Lyrics and Chords

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[Adapted from the book "William's Doll" copyright 1972 by Charlotte Zolotow. By permission of Harper & Row. Performed by Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas]

When my friend William was five years old
He wanted a doll, to hug and hold
"A doll," said William, "is what I need
To wash and clean, and dress and feed

/ G - D - / D7 - G - / :

"A Doll to give a bottle to
And put to bed when day is through
And any time my doll gets ill
I'll take good care of it," said my friend Bill

/ C D G / / Am Am7 Em / C - Am - Cm7 - - - /

A doll, a doll, William wants a doll
Don't be a sissy said his best friend Ed
Why should a boy want to play with a doll
Dolls are for girls said his cousin Fred
Don't be a jerk, said his older brother
"I know what to do," said his father to his mother

/ Cm7 - - - / Bm7 - - - / : / C - C7 - / D - D7 - / 

So his father bought him a basketball
A badminton set, and that's not all
A bag of marbles, a baseball glove
And all the things a boy would love

And Bill was good at every game
Enjoyed them all, but all the same
When Billy's father praised his skill
"Can I please have a doll now," said my friend Bill

... / C - Am - D - - - /

A doll, a doll, William wants a doll
A doll, a doll, William wants a doll

/ Bm7 - - - / Am - Am7 D7 / 

Then William's grandma arrived one day
And wanted to know what he liked to play
And Bill said, "Baseball's my favorite game
I like to play, but all the same

"I'd give my bat and ball and glove
To have a doll that I could love"
"How very wise," his grandma said
Said Bill, "but everyone says this instead"

... / C - Am - E - - - /

A doll, a doll, William wants a doll
A doll, a doll, William wants a doll

/ C#m7 - - - / Bm7 - D E / 

So William's grandma, as I've been told
Bought William a doll, to hug and hold
And William's father began to frown
But grandma smiled, and calmed him down

/ A - E - / E7 - A - / :

Explaining, William wants a doll
So when he has a baby someday
He'll know how to dress it, put diapers on double
And gently caress it to bring up a bubble
And care for his baby as every good father
Should learn to do

/ D E D A / D E Bsus4 B / Bm Bm/maj7 / Bm7 E7 / 
   / F#m F#m/maj7 / Fm7 B7 / 

William has a doll, William has a doll
'Cause someday he is gonna be a father, too

/ AA6 A AA6 A / D - D7 E7 A - /

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