Originally from The Fantastiks. The song feels different in that context.
I watched my father play Mortimer in the show and was quite intimidated at how much better an actor he was than I. I had only recently reestablished contact with him and had not seen him act since I was 6, when I was in a minstrel show with him. I took a date, and did not tell her his criminal background. No point in it. Nor did I tell my mother that I was going, or that I had any contact with him at all. Was I a coward or simply kind about her feelings? Both, I suppose.