Produced by Dr. Stefani says the song discusses her dreams of fame and riches from the perspective of "when she was just an Orange County girl". The last song to be included on the album,  "Rich Girl" was released as the album's second single in late to mixed reviews from music critics.
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Skip to main content Skip to footer site map. Page: 1. Has anyone heard that new song by Gwen Stefanie "If i was a rich girl" its this whole playoff of the popular Fiddler on the Roof showtune. Is this allowed? Like is taht plagirizing in any way?? I wonder, or did she buy some sort of rights to do taht?? I haven't heard it but I'm sure she bought the rights to it I've def. If she's going to plagiarize, at least do it right.
It was written by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock. The song is performed by Tevye , the main character in the musical, and reflects his dreams of glory. The title is inspired by a monologue by Sholem Aleichem in Yiddish , Ven ikh bin Rothschild If I were a Rothschild ,  a reference to the wealth of the Rothschild family , although the content is quite different. The Oxford Companion to the American Musical wrote that the song includes passages of "cantor-like chanting", and is "the most revealing of the many character numbers". Integrity, virtue, family, and the philosophical life mean more to him than the wealth he claims to wish for. The song is broken into four verses, with a bridge between the third and fourth and a chorus sung at the beginning of the song, and after the second and fourth verses. Through the first two verses, Tevye dreams of the material comforts that wealth would bring him. Sung boisterously and comedically, Tevye first considers the enormous house he would buy and the needless luxuries he would fill it with, including a third staircase "leading nowhere, just for show," then the poultry he would buy to fill his yard.