If Music be the Love of Food…

I love a good musical as much as I love a good meal. Whether it’s singing along with friends to Rogers and Hammerstein, or crying into a box of tissues at Rent or Miss Saigon.

If you don’t know Rogers and Hammerstein; never heard of Avenue Q, My Fair Lady, Rent or Miss Saigon, read on at your own risk.

B U T … if your heart skips a beat when you hear the overture to Hello Dolly, then raise your voices (and your glasses) because this post is dedicated to you!

I’m blessed to have friends who share the same passions. And when we gather for meals or drinks, we’re bound to sing a show tune or two, while guzzling a dinner and a half.

One of my favourites is Shall We Dance from The King and I. So when writing out an invitation to dinner one day, I thought it would be hilarious to use it. I changed some words to suit the occasion, and it turned out to be a freakingly funny but accurate description of the life and love-life of a foodie :)

The original song from the 1956 version with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr


to be sung to the chorus of Shall We Dance

Shall we dine? (dum, dum, dum)
On a whole roasted camel shall we feast?
Shall we dine? (dum, dum, dum)
On the best in the world from west to east?

Or perhaps, on a quick, simple meal of bread and cheese?
Could we still be together, with our arms around each other
If we eat humble food such as these?

On a clear understanding that this kind of food can be served up
Shall we dine, shall we dine, shall we dine?

Shall we dine?
On a cushion of mushrooms shall we dine?
Shall we wine?
Shall we fall to the ground and lie like swine?

Or perchance, when the last little bit of food is left?
Shall we still stuff it in us with a big swig of Guiness?
And will I still have a chance at romance?

With a big, empty tummy,

On food that is yummy

Shall we dine, shall we dine, shall we dine?

About Mizdee

Food, food, food. Apart from love, it's the other thing that makes the world go round. When I'm sad it's a comfort, when I'm happy it's a celebration and when I'm not hungry, it's just greediness. But hey! Why not? Life is short too pass up a good meal.


  1. Wendy

    i love the song and i love this version even more …. especially after the burger and fries feast …. ! hahahahaha …

  2. Miz Dee

    I KNOW right??? i would be so enchanted to recieve a dinner invitation like that!

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