Thursday, July 15, 2010

Why I love musicals, part IV

While reflecting on the topic of my favorite musicals recently, I neglected to mention this one. I LOVE Funny Girl, because I am Fanny Brice. No doubt about it. You will not rain on my parade. Maybe that's why I've been so moody lately. She's dead on in this song, and I now see why. It's really hard to admit when you are lonely. This song sums up the hidden emotions perfectly.

Fanny and Nick steal a private moment
at the party and discover they are both
a little lonely. Fanny sings:

We travel single-oh
Maybe we're lucky, but I don't know--
With them,
Just let one kid fall down
And seven mothers faint.
I guess we're both happy, but maybe--
We ain't.
People--people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world,
We're children, needing other children
And yet letting our grown-up pride
Hide all the need inside,
Acting more like children
Than children.

Lovers are very special people,
They're the luckiest people
In the world.
With one person, one very special person
A feeling deep in your soul
Says you were half,
Now you're whole.
No more hunger and thirst
But first be a person
Who needs people.
People who need people
Are the luckiest people
In the world!

Nick has to leave the party early because
he's going to Kentucky the next day but
promises to call Fanny when he returns
to New York.

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