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Wicked: For Good

Wicked is one play I would love to watch on Broadway if I’ll ever have the chance. And this is one song that really strikes a nerve and never gets old. Because there will always be people who will come into your life and it just changes you. Your attitude perhaps? And you make that change not because they told you so but because you realize for yourself that it will make a better version of you. I can never thank you enough.

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Wickedly For Good

Way back in the 90s, I have developed a liking for broadway music.  The lyrics of the songs are just too pure and raw.  I don’t know how to explain how the music makes me feel; just that it hits you right through the heart.

The first broadway I was able to appreciate was The Phantom of the Opera.  I could almost feel the Phantom’s heart breaking when he sang the reprise of, All I Ask of You.  Then there are songs from Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Chess, among others.

And recently, I have a new favorite, Wicked the Musical.  It is the story of two unlikely characters; Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda, the Good Witch of the North.  Elphaba, is the girl with emerald green skin; she’s smart, has strong personality, and often misunderstood. Glinda, on the other hand, is beautiful, determined and popular.

I first heard about this play while I was listening to the radio. The DJ love the song, Defying Gravity because it’s empowering and something worth listening to especially on a Monday morning. But my personal favorite is the song, For Good, a duet by Elphaba and Glinda. 

Here’s the lyrics and you’ll see why this song has never failed to make people who’ve seen the play and heard this song cry everytime.  Because at one point in our lives, we find someone who makes us who we are today; it could be our parents, teacher, friend or someone special who somehow led us to become (hopefully) better (not bitter) persons.

(Elphaba):
I’m limited
Just look at me – I’m limited
And just look at you
You can do all I couldn’t do, Glinda
So now it’s up to you
For both of us – now it’s up to you…

(Glinda):
I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you…

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

(Elphaba):
It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend…

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you

(Glinda):
Because I knew you

 (Both):
I have been changed for good

(Elphaba):
And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I’ve done you blame me for

(Glinda):
But then, I guess we know
There’s blame to share

(Both):
And none of it seems to matter anymore

(Glinda):
Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood

(Elphaba):
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a bird in the wood

(Both):
Who can say if I’ve been
Changed for the better?
I do believe I have been
Changed for the better

(Glinda):
And because I knew you…

(Elphaba):
Because I knew you…

(Both):
Because I knew you…
I have been changed for good…

 

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