The Surrey with the Fringe on Top

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The Surrey with the Fringe on Top
publication 1943
Genre (s) musical
text Oscar Hammerstein II
music Richard Rodgers

The Surrey with the Fringe on Top is the second track from the musical Oklahoma, which premiered in 1943 ! by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (text). It also appears in the 1955 film version .


In the musical it is the second song after the opening number Oh What a Beautiful Mornin ' . With this song Curly tries to convince Laurey to go to the dance festival and offers her the opportunity to take her with her in a chic rented Surrey . In the film version, the Surrey (a light wagon with a decorative roof on the open top) is initially shown in a short fantasy sequence. Laurey makes fun of Curly's daydreams, walks away, not realizing that Curly has actually rented such a Surrey.

In the end, the Surrey seems real when Curly and Laurey go on their honeymoon.


The wheels are yellow, the upholstery brown,
the dashboard is made of real leather.
Curtains can be rolled down
when the weather changes.
Two bright sidelights blink and twinkle.
There is no more beautiful carriage I think.
Don't think I'd trade that
shiny little Surrey with the fringed roof.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Oscar Hammerstein: The Surrey With The Fringe On Top lyrics. Retrieved November 9, 2019 .