Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Dancing Through Life by Idina Menzel

The trouble with schools is
They always try to teach the wrong lesson
Believe me, I've been kicked out
Of enough of them to know
They want you to become less callow
Less shallow
But I say: why invite stress in?
Stop studying strife
And learn to live "the unexamined life"...

Dancing through life
Skimming the surface
Gliding where turf is smooth
Life's more painless
For the brainless
Why think too hard?
When it's so soothing
Dancing through life
No need to tough it
When you can sluff it off as I do
Nothing matters
But knowing nothing matters
It's just life
So keep dancing through...

Dancing through life
Swaying and sweeping
And always keeping cool
Life is fraught-less
When you're thoughtless
Those who don't try
Never look foolish
Dancing through life
Mindless and careless
Make sure you're where less
Trouble is rife
Woes are fleeting
Blows are glancing
When you're dancing
Through life...
So-what's the most swankified place in town?

[Galinda:]
That would be the Ozdust Ballroom.

[Fiyero:]
Sounds perfect.
Let's go down to the Ozdust Ballroom
We'll meet there later tonight
We can dance till it's light
Find the prettiest girl...
Give her a whirl
Right on down to the Ozdust Ballroom
Come on
Follow me
You'll be happy to be there...

[Students:]
Dancing Through Life
Down at the Ozdust...

[Fiyero:]
If only because dust
Is what we come to

[Students:]
Nothing matters
But knowing nothing matters
It's just life...

[Fiyero:]
So keep dancing through...

[Boq:]
Miss Galinda, I hope you'll save at least one dance for me. I'll be right here. Waiting. All night.

[Galinda:]
Oh-that's so kind. But you know what would be even kinder?
See that tragic'ly beautiful girl
The one in the chair
It seems so unfair
We should go on a spree
And not she
Gee-
I know someone would be my hero
If that someone were
To go invite her...

[Boq:]
Well maybe, I could invite her?

[Galinda:]
Oh, Boq, really?
You would do that for me?

[Boq:]
I would do anything for you Miss Galinda.

[Galinda:]
So...

[Fiyero:]
So I'll be picking you up around eight?

[Galinda:]
After all-
Now that we've met one another

[Galinda & Fiyero:]
It's clear we deserve each other

[Galinda:]
You're perfect...

[Fiyero:]
You're perfect...

[Galinda & Fiyero:]
So we're perfect together
Born to be forever...
Dancing Through Life...

[Nessa:]
Oh, Elphaba-Isn't it wonderful?
Fin'lly for this one night
I'm about to have a fun night
With this Munchkin boy
Galinda found for me
And I only wish there were
Something I could do for her
To repay her
Elphaba, see
We deserve each other
And Galinda helped it come true
We deserve each other
Me and Boq -
Please, Elphaba, try to understand.

[Elphaba:]
I do...
Galinda, listen. Nessa and I were talking about you just now.

[Galinda:]
And I was just talking about you. I thought you might want to wear this hat to the party tonight!
It's really-uh-sharp
Don't you think?
You know black is this year's pink
You deserve each other
This hat and you
You're both so smart
You deserve each other
So here
Out of the goodness of my heart

[Boq:]
Listen, Nessa

[Nessa:]
Yes?

[Boq:]
Uh, Nessa.
I've got something to confess, a
Reason why, well-
Why I asked you here tonight
Now I know it isn't fair...

[Nessa:]
Oh, Boq. I know why.

[Boq:]
You do?

[Nessa:]
It's because I'm in this chair
And you felt sorry for me
Well isn't that right?

[Boq:]
No! no! It's because... uh... because...
Because you are so beautiful

[Nessa:]
Oh, Boq! I think you're wonderful!
And we deserve each other
Don't you see, this is our chance?
We deserve each other
Don't we, Boq?

[Boq:]
You know what?
Let's dance!

[Nessa:]
What?

[Boq:]
Let's Dance!

[Students:]
Dancing Through Life
Down at the Ozdust
If only because dust
Is what we come to
And the strange thing:
Your life could end up changing
While you're dancing
Through!

Berv will say "Lame" cuz thats how he rolls

2 comments:

Aaron Vattano said...

This feels like two totally different songs. The first part is quite awesome. A truthful song that says we need to take life less seriously and enjoy it. Much of this first part I try to remind myself of everyday. If I was able to take the advice of this song I would be a happy man. I think it is very rad. Then the song goes into a very different tone. As if somehow the second half of the song forgot about the teachings of the first half. Suddenly we are concerned with who we will be going to a specific dance with. I find the second half to be utter garbage. Then I watched the clip and realized this song is from a musical and it made sense to me. There was a period in my life when I LOVED musicals. I knew all the lyrics to many musicals, I wrote musicals, I fuckin loved them. Then I gradually lost interest in them. Now I couldn't sit through one of you paid me. Not sure why that is, but watching that clip made me hate musicals even more. What the hell happened? Was I full of shit as a younger man? Or did my brain break as an adult? All I know is that I was happier when I loved them.

Rehpotsihc said...

Your unrelenting cynicism and negativity have cased you to take on water so that now you spend all your time franticly bailing with a coffee can you found at the bottom of the boat.