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America is a song performed by the Sharks, primarily Anita, in West Side Story.


1961 film lyrics[]

Anita: Puerto Rico, my hearts devotion, let it sink back in the ocean. Always the hurricanes blowing, always the population growing. And the money owing, and the sunlight streaming, and the natives steaming. I like the island Manhattan,

Shark Girl: I know you do.

Anita: smoke on your pipe and put that in.

Shark Girls: I like to be in America, ok by me in America. Everything free in America.

Bernardo: For a small fee in America.

Shark Girls: Buying on credit is so nice.

Bernardo: One look at us and they charge twice.

Shark Girl: I have my own washing machine.

Shark Boy: What will you have not to keep clean.

Anita: Skyscrapers bloom in America.

Shark Girls: Cadillac's zoom in America.

Shark Girl: Industry boom in America

Sharks Boys: 12 in a room in America.

Anita: Lots of new housing with more space.

Bernardo: Lots of doors slamming in our face.

Anita: I'll get a Terrace apartment.

Bernardo: Better get rid of your accent.

Anita: Life can be bright in America.

Sharks Boys: If you can fight in America.

Sharks Girls: Life is alright in America.

Sharks Boys: If you're all white in America.

  • Dance part*

Sharks Boys: La la America *slaps* America.

Sharks Boys: La la *kicks* America.

Sharks Girls: Here you are free and you have pride.

Sharks Boys: As long as you stay on your own side.

Sharks Girls: Free to be anything you choose.

Sharks Boys: Free to wipe tables and shine shoes.

Bernardo: Everywhere grime in America

Sharks Girls: Ha.

Bernardo: Organized Crime in America.

Sharks Girls: Ha.

Bernardo: Terrible time in America.

Anita:You forget I'm in America.

  • Dance part*

Bernardo: I think I'll go back to San Juan.

Anita: I know a boat you can get on Bye-Bye.

Bernardo: Ha-Ha. Everyone there will give big cheer.

Anita: Everyone there will have moved here.

  • Dance part*

Everyone: Ole


Songs of West Side Story