Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Being Alive


"Being Alive"
by Stephen Sondheim
from Company (1970)

Someone to hold you too close,
Someone to hurt you too deep,
Someone to sit in your chair,
To ruin your sleep.

Someone to need you too much,
Someone to know you too well,
Someone to pull you up short
And put you through hell.

Someone you have to let in,
Someone whose feelings you spare,
Someone who, like it or not,
Will want you to share
A little, a lot.


Someone to crowd you with love,
Someone to force you to care,
Someone to make you come through,
Who'll always be there,
As frightened as you,
Of being alive,
Being alive,
Being alive,
Being alive.

Somebody, hold me too close,
Somebody, hurt me too deep,
Somebody, sit in my chair
And ruin my sleep
And make me aware
Of being alive,
Being alive.

Somebody need me too much,
Somebody know me too well,
Somebody pull me up short
And put me through hell
And give me support
For being alive,
Make me alive.
Make me alive ...

Make me confused,
Mock me with praise,
Let me be used,
Vary my days.
But alone is alone, not alive.

Somebody crowd me with love,
Somebody force me to care,
Somebody make me come through,
I'll always be there,
As frightened as you,
To help us survive
Being alive,
Being alive,
Being alive!

I think you'll probably notice a common thread in some of my favorite songs and this one certainly fits the bill.  It probably doesn't need much more explanation than that.  I chose this song today because I'm looking forward to heading to the movie theatre tomorrow night to see the New York Philharmonic concert staging of the 1970 musical, Company

This is a show that is near and dear to my heart, being the only fully-staged musical that I performed in (as David) during my college years.  I also played Amos in a concert version of Chicago.  This is certainly one of Sondheim's most famous songs and, next to Send in the Clowns, probably the most covered, as well.  My favorite version is still the original one above ... Dean Jones from the Original Broadway Cast Recording.

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