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‘Are You a Man or a Mouse?’

When I was a lowly student running short of cash
I worked at a theme park clearing up the trash
Then one day an absence left a mouse-suit vacancy
I was asked if I could stretch to street-type artistry

When I wore my mouse’s suit I was celebrity
Everywhere that I appeared the people flocked to me
Strangers stood with open arms expecting my embrace
Children stood on tippy-toes to reach to kiss my face

Man or mouse, (are you a) man or mouse
She doesn’t know how good a mouse’s life can be
Oh what I’d give (just as a) mouse to live
A man who’s a mouse is like rodent royalty (that’s for me!)

When I dressed up as the mouse the people knew my name
When I walked home as myself, a no-one I became
With the whiskers and the ears the crowd all wanted me
Now with my own face I’m a complete non-entity


When I hear her nagging voice or catch her scolding eye
I get a sense of irony as I move to comply
My mind drifts back to when I raised my proud and mousy head
To days of stardom, day of joy, before she ever said…


Composer: Martin Day/Rich Milner
Lyricist: Martin Day
© M Day 9-Oct-2006


Part of the ‘Sharp To The Flat‘ Musical (work in progress) this song is sung by Andy Sleet, Sam’s old friend from school days. Andy bemoans how he is hen-pecked by his wife Carol. But it wasn’t always that way – he had once been the star of a theme park dressed in a mouse costume.


Lyric: Complete
Music: Complete

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