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Norbert Leo Butz in the musical The Confidence Man

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While you endure a stabbing pain and doctors seek the germ germane
Alas, in vain, your spirit plainly crumbles—pain humbles
You disregard that you are ill, a pillar in your own mind still
But there's no pill for when a pillar tumbles—pain humbles

You're overweight—they operate
You deviate—they operate
You palpitate—they operate
You bet you—they get you!

'Tho you insist you're geting strong
The doctor says, "It won't be long"
'Cause "W-what went wrong went r-really wrong"
He fumbles—pain humbles!"
Pain humbles
Pain humbles

In spite of all his high ideals a man is only how he feels
And when he feels on his last heels, he grumbles—pain humbles
A rich man may luxuriate until his heart beats fluctuate
Then at the gate of his estate he stumbles—pain humbles!

Without a cure—a man is poor
The cure obsucure—a man is poor
A temperature—a man is poor
You add it—you've had it!

From all that cake you're left a crumb
You nibble it and down you come!
Your teeth go numb an lo!
Your stomach rumbles—pain humbles!
Pain humbles
Pain humbles....

So if it's gout that gets your goat
Or if you're smote by stomach bloat
For every dote there's an anti-dote
You feel it—I'll heal it

I'll make this claim and make it stick
What hurts you hurts me to the quick!
I writhe when sick with pain
A victim mumbles—pain humbles!
Pain humbles
Pain humbles

I'll make this claim and make it stick
What hurts you hurts me to the quick!
I writhe when sick with pain
A victim mumbles—pain humbles!
Pain humbles
Pain humbles
Pain humbles
Pain humbles....

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