Friday, August 28, 2015

10 Magical Lyrics From Musicals

Today I am bringing you 10 lyrical verses from the wide, wonderful of musical theatre (and yes, spellcheck, that is how you spell it). Unfortunately, 10 verses means I can only mention 10 musicals, and, as we all know, there are many more amazing musicals out there. So, if your favorite isn't listed, I apologize. Drop a comment and let me know which ones you like!

These are in no particular order, because how do you possibly say that one musical is better than the other? I love them all.

1. To start off our lovely collection, I bring you this stanza from Les Misérables.

Do you hear the people sing?
Lost in the valley of the night,
It is the music of a people who are climbing to the light.
For the wretched of the Earth,
There is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

Of course, nearly all of Les Mis is quotable and absolutely beautiful. I chose these verses because they are so hopeful and touching, especially with the music. The lyrics that follow are stunning as well, and all the more poignant because Valjean himself is ascending to paradise as these words are being sung. Marvelous.


2. On a happier note, I next bring to you these words of wisdom from the less well-known A Little Princess. 
If that makes me headstrong, fine.
That's a fault I'm glad is mine.
I don't want to go along with the crowd,
Don't want my spirit broken and bowed.
Why do I have to hide what I'm feeling inside?
 I want to live out loud.
I know, I know, A Little Princess is a children's story. But this song is beautiful and the words very inspiring. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

3. Thirdly, I share with you this little gem of insight from Into the Woods.
Sometimes people leave you
Halfway through the wood.
Do not let it grieve you,
No one leaves for good.
Short, I know. But true words that hopefully inspire you.

4. For the next one, I have some lyrics from a movie-musical you might not have seen or heard of: The Prince of Egypt.
No life can escape being blown about
By the winds of change and chance.
And though you'll never know all the steps,
You must learn to join the dance.
The whole song is amazing. A bit of trivia for you, the lyrics for this movie-musical were written by Stephen Schwartz.  

5. Number five!! For this,  I have some lyrics from a movie that became a musical. You have probably seen the movie, but when it was re-invented as a musical, some truly amazing songs were added. I bring you lyrics from 'If Only (Quartet)' from The Little Mermaid.
If only you could glimpse,
The feeling that I feel.
If only you could notice
What I'm dying to reveal.
The dreams I can't declare,
The needs I can't deny.
You'd understand them all,
If only you would try.
I've felt like this before, haven't you? And the melody accompanying it makes it even better.
The quartet...perfect.

6. These lines are from a relatively new music, called Once.
You have suffered enough,
And warred with yourself.
It's time that you won.
Inspiring words and an enchanting acoustic duet.

7.  If you haven't seen this-movie musical, you are missing out! This next section is from the hilarious, alluring The Fiddler on the Roof.

Oh, what a melancholy choice this is.
Wanting home,
Wanting him.
Closing my heart to every hope but his,
Leaving the home I love.

Bittersweet, but undeniably beautiful.

8. Next, I have one of my favorite musicals ever, one that I sincerely hope you've heard of - Wicked.
So if you care to find me,
Look to the Western sky.
As someone told me lately,
Everyone deserves a chance to fly!
This song was brilliantly written. Love the confrontation and the talent of the performers.

9. This movie-muscial is known, but not by everyone. Even if you have heard this, take a moment to appreciate these words from My Fair Lady.
I'll never know,
What made it so exciting.
Why all at once,
My heart took flight.
I only know, when he
Began to dance with me,
I could have danced, danced, danced, all night.
Sweet, innocent words, by a lovestruck young girl. I think the composer perfectly captured the emotion.

10. The big finisher! Those who have heard this musical have mixed feelings about it. I myself, do not at all appreciate the plot, but some captivating music and lyrics came from it. I give you, Love Never Dies.
Were it still that other time,
I'd make time itself somehow bend.
But now, I'm not that strong,
And time keeps moving on.
We love, we live,
We give what we can give.
And take what little we deserve.
Featuring the amazing Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess. Once again, this musical's plot has problems for me, but I adore the music.

So, that's it! Ten lyrical selections from a few of my favorite musicals. Of course, there are a ton more I would have loved to mention (The Phantom of the Opera, Annie Get Your Gun, Bells Are Ringing, etc.) But I'll save those for another time. Drop a comment and let me know which lyrics are your favorites and which musicals you love! Thanks for reading!!

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