"Shall We Dance?" is a song featured in the 1956 film The King and I sung by Deborah Kerr as Anna Leonowens with vocal by Marni Nixon and Yul Brynner as King Mongkut of Siam. Composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II, the song comes about after Anna and the King disagree about love's meaning; the King believes that love is a "silly complication of a pleasant simplicity" and a "fairy tale" while Anna believes that love is real and natural.

Lyrics

Anna, spoken:
Oh but it's very exciting when you're young at your first dance. And you're sitting on a small quilt chair with your eyes lowered. Terrified that you'd be a wallflower. And suddenly you see two black shoes, a white waistcoat, a face, it speaks...

(sung)
We've just been introduced
I do not know you well
But when the music started
Something drew me to your side

So many men and girls
Are in each other's arms
It made me think we might be
Similarly occupied

Shall we dance?
On a bright cloud of music, shall we fly?
Shall we dance?
Shall we then say "Goodnight" and mean "Goodbye"?

Or perchance
When the last little star has left the sky
Shall we still be together
With our arms around each other
And shall you be my new romance?
On the clear understanding
That this kind of thing can happen
Shall we dance?
Shall we dance?
Shall we dance?

Anna, spoken:
Mm mm mm
Mm mm mm

King, spoken:
Why'd you stop? You dance pretty, go on, go on, go on!

Anna, spoken:
Oh, Your Majesty, I didn't realize, after all, I'm not a dancing girl... In England, no woman would dance while a man is looking at her

King, spoken:
But you will dance with strange men, holding hands, etc

Anna, spoken:
Yes, but not always a stranger. Usually a very good friend

King, spoken
Good, then we will dance together! You show me. Teach, teach, teach!

Anna, spoken:
Well, it's quite simple, the polka. You count, one, two, three. And one, two, three and one, two, three

(sung)
Shall we dance?

King, sung:
One, two, three and?

Anna, sung:
On a bright cloud of music, shall we fly?

King:
One, two, three and?

Anna:
Shall we dance?

King:
One, two, three and?

Anna:
Shall we then say "Goodnight" and mean "Goodbye"?

King:
One, two, three and?

Anna:
Or perchance
When the last little star has left the sky
Shall we still be together
With are arms around each other
And shall you be my new romance?
On the clear understanding
That this kind of thing can happen

Both:
Shall we dance?
Shall we dance?
Shall we dance?

Anna:
One, two, three and one, two, three and
One, two, three and one, two, three and

King, spoken:
One, two, three, one, two, three
One, two... Something wrong!
I know, I know, I forgot "and" next time
I'll remember!

Both, sung:
One, two, three and one, two, three and
One, two, three and one, two, three and

Anna, spoken:
Oh, that's splendid, your Majesty!

King, spoken:
Splendid! Splendid!

Both, sung:
And one, two, three and one, two, three and
One, two, three and

King:
That is not right!

Anna:
Yes, it is! You're doing beautifully, your Majesty

King:
Not the way I see Europeans dance tonight

Anna:
Yes, it was! It was just like that!

King:
We're not holding two hands, like this

Anna:
No. As a matter of fact

King:
Or no-o-o-ot like this

Anna:
Yes

King:
Come!

Wikipedia
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Media
The King and I (Soundtrack/Video)
Characters
Anna LeonowensLouis LeonowensKing MongkutMoonsheeRamaTuskerPrince ChulalongkornTuptimThe Royal ChildrenKralahomeMaster LittleSir Edward Ramsey
Songs
I Whistle a Happy TuneHello, Young LoversA PuzzlementGetting to Know YouWe Kiss in a ShadowSomething WonderfulThe Small House of Uncle ThomasSong of the KingShall We Dance?
Locations
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Objects
The Royal PendantThe Magic Gong
Transportation
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