"It Takes A Woman" is a song featured in the 1969 film Hello, Dolly! sung by Walter Matthau as Horace Vandergelder, Danny Lockin as Barnaby Tucker, and Michael Crawford as Cornelius Hackl. A reprise of the song is later sung by Barbra Streisand as Dolly Levi.

Lyrics

Horace:
It takes a woman, all powdered and pink
To joyously clean up the drain in the sink
And it takes an angel with long, golden lashes
And soft Dresden fingers for dumping the ashes
Yes, it takes a woman, a dainty woman
A sweetheart, a mistress, a wife

Horace, Cornelius, & Barnaby:
Oh, yes, it takes a woman, a fragile woman
To bring you the sweet things in life

Horace:
The frail young maiden, who's constantly there
For washing, and bluing, and shoeing the mare
And it takes a female for setting the table
And weaning the Guernsey, and cleaning the stable

All:
Yes, it takes a woman, a dainty woman
A sweetheart, a mistress, a wife
Oh, yes, it takes a woman, a fragile woman
To bring you the sweet things in life
And so she'll work until infinity
Three cheers for femininity
God bless femininity

Horace:
And in the winter she'll shovel the ice
And lovingly set out the traps for the mice
She's a joy and treasure for, practically speaking
To whom can you turn when the plumbing is leaking?

Cornelius, Barnaby & Workers:
To that dainty woman, that fragile woman
That sweetheart, that mistress, that wife

All:
That womanly wife
Oh, yes, it takes a woman

Horace:
A husky woman

All:
To bring you the sweet things in life
Oh, yes, it takes a woman, a dainty woman
A sweetheart, a mistress, a wife
Oh, yes, it takes a woman, a fragile woman
To bring you the sweet things in life

Dolly:
It takes a woman to quietly plan
To take him, to change him to her kind of man
And to gently lead him
Where fortune can find him
And not let him know that the power behind him
Was that dainty woman
That fragile woman, that sweetheart
That mistress, that wife
Mmm uhm mmm
Mmm uhm mmm mmm mmm
Dah dah dah dah dah dah dah

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