All Er Nuthin'

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"All Er Nuthin'"
Song from Oklahoma!
Published 1943
Writer Oscar Hammerstein II
Composer Richard Rodgers

"All Er Nuthin'" is a tune from the musical play Oklahoma!, written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II.

This song is near the end of the musical, where the secondary characters Will Parker and Ado Annie Carnes decide to get married. Will is wary because he knows Ado is the girl who can't say no (to advances by suitors). In this song he essentially asks for a promise of fidelity from Annie, who agrees to be faithful to him.

After Annie suggests a future child in this duet:

Will: "He'd better look a lot like me! "
Ado Annie: "The spitt'n' image! "

There is a second part to the song; between these parts Will flirts with a couple of other girls, Annie then sings about Will's double standards and suggests that a man expects his wife to be faithful while he himself continues to be "wild and free." Will is pleased when she seems to be accepting this double-standard, but at the end she turns the tables on him, singing:

"So I ain't gonna fuss, ain't gonna frown-- / Have your fun, go out on the town, / Stay up late, and don't come home till three! / And go right off to sleep if you're sleepy. / There's no use waitin' up fer me!"

Annie may agree to the marriage, but only on her terms.