02 February 2008

Song of the day: "Being Alive" by Stephen Sondheim

My ultimate favorite Sondheim song. It's an anthem to living life even if you risk getting hurt (and you will). In addition, this is one of the few Sondheim songs I can sing (it's written in tenor range). I practice it now and then, hoping that I'll improve enough to sing it in public one day.

From the musical Company
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 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!

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