"Razzle Dazzle" is a song featured in the 1975 Broadway musical Chicago and its 2002 film adaptation of the same name. It features Billy Flynn, the corrupt lawyer Roxie Hart, as he attempts to turn her trial into a media circus.

In the original Broadway version, the song was performed by Flynn's actor, the late Jerry Orbach. In the film, it was performed by Billy Flynn's actor Richard Gere. In both versions they are accompanied by a chorus of women.

Lyrics

Give 'em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle dazzle 'em
Give 'em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate
Give 'em the old hocus-pocus
Bead and feather 'em
How can they see with sequins in their eyes?
What if your hinges all are rusting?
What if, in fact, you're just disgusting?
Razzle dazzle 'em and they'll never catch wise

Give 'em the old razzle dazzle
(Razzle dazzle 'em)
Give 'em a show that's so splendiferous
Row after row will grow vociferous
(Give 'em the old flim-flam flummox)
(Fool and fracture 'em)
How can they hear the truth above the roar?
(roar, roar, roar)
Throw 'em a fake and a finagle
They'll never know you're just a bagel
(Razzle dazzle 'em)
And they'll beg you for more

(Give 'em the old double-whammy)
(Daze and dizzy 'em)
Back since the days of old Methuselah
Everyone loves the big bamboozler
(Give 'em the old three-ring circus)
(Stun and stagger 'em)
When you're in trouble, go into your dance
Though you are stiffer than a girder
They'll let you get away
(with murder)
Razzle dazzle 'em and you've got a romance

Give 'em the old razzle dazzle
(Give 'em the old razzle dazzle)
Razzle dazzle 'em
Show 'em the first rate sorcerer you are
Long as you keep 'em way off balance
How can they spot you've got no talents?
Razzle dazzle 'em
(Razzle dazzle 'em)
Razzle dazzle 'em
And they'll make you a star!

Other Appearances

  • The musical version was featured in the musical's soundtrack.
  • The film version was featured in it's soundtrack.

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