The Sondheim Lyrics Chain

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scenicdesign71

...And how you're always turning back too late
From the grass or the stick or the dog or the light;
How the kind of woman willing to wait's
Not the kind that you want to find waiting
To return you to the night,
Dizzy from the height...
Coming from the hat.


KathyB

I feel dizzy,
I feel sunny,
I feel fizzy and funny and fine,
And so pretty,
Miss America can just resign.


I know there's another lyric with "funny and fine" but I am positive we've used that lyric in this game, so I thought I'd go for something that might yield a different lyric.

scenicdesign71

Feb 21, 2021, 03:55 am #482 Last Edit: Feb 21, 2021, 03:18 pm by scenicdesign71
Czolgosz, working man
Born in the middle of Michigan,
Woke with a thought, and away he ran
To the Pan-American Exposition
In Buffalo.


KathyB

So you should support the competition,
Try to set aside your own ambition,
Even while you jockey for position.
If you feel a sense of coalition,
Then you never really stand alone.

scenicdesign71

Love is just sand.  You can feel it shifting:
Soon as you stand, you begin to sink.
Everything's planned, then it gets to drifting --
Never to where you think.


KathyB

What do you think?
Who can it be?
Even the ink--
No here, let me...
"Your presence--"
Just think of it, Petra!
"Is kindly--"
It's at a chateau!
"Requested--"
Etcet'ra, etcetera...

scenicdesign71

Jul 17, 2021, 08:01 pm #486 Last Edit: Jul 20, 2021, 11:32 am by scenicdesign71
With a smile and a will
But with more thought,
I acquired a chateau
Extravagantly o-
Verstaffed.

Too many people muddle sex with mere desire,
And when emotion intervenes, the nets descend.
It should on no account perplex -- or worse, inspire!
It's but a pleasurable means to a measurable end.


It's been a while since I took a look at this song's sick rhyme-scheme.  It's typical that "pleasurable/measurable" is just a freebie layered onto (and, at four syllables, a flashy distraction from) the main rhyme structure: the metrically-relevant rhymes in that last line are actually means (from intervenes) and end (from descend).  And that's not to mention the "comprehend/trend" that follows, or the whole preceding stanza -- "Where is style? Where is skill?" etc. -- that ties into "With a smile and a will" etc. -- or, for that matter, the other 80% of the song that I'm not even touching on here.  It's insane how he builds all this earthquake-proof rhyme architecture on the foundation of Leonora's idiosyncratic (but totally character-specific) diction and formidable intelligence: its apotheosis, "raisins/liaisons", may elicit a groan from some, but its laugh-out-loud inevitability is built on Leonora finding exactly the right word, not on SJS reaching for a rhyme; indeed, raisins has been reverse-engineered with such rock-solid integrity that, by the time it arrives, the only reach is the mildly sketchy pronunciation of liaisons immediately following.


Leighton

Ther are rights and wrongs
And in-betweens
No one waits
When fortune intervenes.
And maybe they're really magic,
Who knows?
Self indulgence is better than no indulgence!

KathyB

Wait a minute,
Magic beans for a cow so old
That you had to tell a lie to sell it,
Which you told!
Were they worthless beans?
Were they oversold?
Oh, and tell us who persuaded you
To steal that gold!


I was trying to find another instance of the word and was surprised not to find it in A Little Night Music. I did find out that Solange Lafitte has a cologne called Magic that she's trying to introduce to the world in Follies.

scenicdesign71

Gold!
Grab the opportunity...
Gold!
Two musketeers...
Gold!
Part of a community
Of pioneers!


KathyB

One thing I remember from seeing Bounce was how often SJS used the word "pioneer" in the score. (The Pioneers were also my college mascot.)

I'm sure there's another one out there that's not in Bounce/Wise Guys/Road Show, but this is the one that keeps getting stuck in my mind.

Come and see
The new frontier!
Come and be
A pioneer!
You'll agree,
Tomorrow's here
Today!
Boca Raton!


(It's a little hard to tell, but you'll agree is the next phrase.)