30 Musicals in 30 Days: A Song with the Best Lyrics

Post a musical theatre song with the best lyrics.

The first time I heard “Someone in a Tree” was in a documentary about the making of Pacific Overtures, the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical (with additional material by Hugh Wheeler). As much as the creation of the song to fulfill a dramatic moment made a huge impression on me, the song itself astounded me even more. That the essence of life itself could be distilled into just a few words forever convinced me of the worthiness of lyric-writing as an art:

It’s the fragment, not the day.
It’s the pebble, not the stream.
It’s the ripple, not the sea
That is happening.
Not the building but the beam,
Not the garden but the stone,
Only cups of tea
And history
And someone in a tree.

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