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For Good

For literally years I wanted to go and see Wicked the Musical but I couldn’t because it wasn’t touring and the London venue has dodgy access (basically, they say it’s dodgy but based on what they say and my parents sussing it out when they went to see Wicked it wasn’t going to be possible).  Then it was touring but it wasn’t coming anywhere near here.

Then I had my last birthday. On the table with my presents and cake there was one about the size of a shoe box but incredibly light.  When I unwrapped it I found a plain brown box full of paper.  And when I got through that I unearthed some chocolate.  And an envelope.  In which were two tickets for Wicked.  It still wasn’t coming anywhere near here.  But it was coming to Milton Keynes.  And my Dad would drive me and go with me.

We went about six weeks ago.  And it was absolutely amazing.  I’ve been listening to the soundtrack ever since and singing along both loudly and badly.  We went to see Ghost the Musical in Oxford a week later and even when I was sat watching that I had one of the songs from Wicked stuck in my head.

I loved the song Defying Gravity.  It was the one song from the musical I knew before we went and I knew it was very me.  But what I really, really loved was the song For Good.  The lyrics have a meaning that I really like.  And I think I have several people in my life (or who have been in my life) that it could be applied to.

(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 from 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 world
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…

Here is another post about this song from another blog I love. If you can read it without really feeling it you’re made of sterner stuff than I am. Since I read that post I can’t listen to For Good without thinking of Maggie whose adventures I followed for years

One Comment

  • Angela Harding

    Oh boy I can see why you loved it…and the lyrics are so in line with your philosophy good review I enjoyed reading it

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