Audrey, Can You Sing?


The Rain In Spain is a  defining song in the movie.

The key lyric in the song is “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain”,

which contains five words that a Cockney would pronounce more like “eye” than long-“a”.

With the three of them nearly exhausted,

Eliza finally “gets it”, and recites the sentence with all long-a’s.

The trio breaks into song, repeating this key phrase

as well as singing other exercises correctly that she had failed earlier… Wiki

The actual singer in the scene is not Audrey but Marni Nixon.

Audrey Hepburn certainly could sing but it wasn’t good enough for the folks producing the musical.

The Lyrics :-

Servants Poor Professor Higgins!
Poor Professor Higgins! Night and day
He slaves away! Oh, poor Professor Higgins!
All day long On his feet; Up and down until he’s numb;
Doesn’t rest; Doesn’t eat;
Doesn’t touch a crumb! Poor Professor Higgins!
Poor Professor Higgins! On he plods Against all odds;
Oh, poor Professor Higgins! Nine p.m. Ten p.m.
On through midnight every night.
One a.m. Two a.m. Three…! Quit, Professor Higgins!
Quit, Professor Higgins! Hear our plea
Or payday we Will quit, Professor Higgins!
Ay not I, O not Ow, Pounding pounding in our brain.
Ay not I, O not Ow, Don’t say ‘Rine,’ say ‘Rain’…
Eliza The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!
Henry By George, she’s got it! By George, she’s got it!
Now, once again where does it rain? Eliza On the plain!
On the plain! Henry And where’s that soggy plain?
Eliza In Spain! In Spain! The three
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain! Henry
In Hartford, Hereford, and Hampshire…?

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