Words: Oscar Hammerstein; Music: Richard Rodgers (1951)

Lyrics

Getting to know you,
getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you,
getting to hope you like me.
Getting to know you,
putting it my way,
But nicely:
You are precisely
My cup of tea.

Getting to know you,
Getting to feel free and easy;
When I am with you,
Getting to know what to say.
Haven’t you noticed
Suddenly I’m bright and breezy,
Because of all the beautiful and new
Things I’m learning about you
Day by day?

Background

“Getting to Know You” is a show tune from the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I. It was first sung by Gertrude Lawrence in the original Broadway production and later by Marni Nixon who dubbed for Deborah Kerr in the 1956 film adaptation. In this show, Anna sings the song as she strikes up a warm and affectionate relationship with the children and the wives of the King of Siam.

Performances

Here is probably the best known version of the song, from the 1956 movie version. It begins with the verse, which is rarely used heard outside the musical.