When West Side Story met International Development (in song)

Want to poke fun at international development and its idealist workers? Why not write a song that uses the melodies from Leonard Bernstein and a classic Disney love song.

Josh Cleveland of the University of Pennsylvania performs “Development Follies,” to the tune of some songs that you will probably recognize.

I wanna be in Africa so, so bad,
Bring them all the things they never had,
I wanna be on the cover of Time magazine,
Holding smiling children from Benin.

See the full lyrics here.

HT Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher


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  • AmeenaGK

    Thanks for posting, Tom! To be fair, there were two other students that co-wrote (they’re not on twitter) but I (and i know Josh will too) want to make sure they get full credit: Auken Tungatarova and Amos Prophete

  • Timothy Phan

    There’s a fundraising pitch in here somewhere. Great work!