My first post

… for the year. Wow, a few months back, I was a sucker for blog posts, and now, I can’t even update my site for the new year.

Anyway, for the most part of my holiday, I caught up on the TV shows that I have missed due to my hectic days… one of which is “Glee” – yes, “Glee”. Thanks to my tween cousin, I got to watch all episodes of the last season.

But no, this is not about the show. This is about one song that I fell in love with. I think it can be an anthem for those who are not afraid to go against norm in order to protect what they believe in, even if it would mean being ostracized by the public . >> The persona is a witch who plans to go against the Wizard of Oz, because she realized that he was not the good man that everybody thought he was.

The song’s called, “Defying Gravity”, originally from the musical “Wicked”, which was initially performed by Idina Menzel.

 

*Edited to include the “Glee” rendition (that Rachel character can sing really well):

 

Here’s the one by Idina and Kristin Chenoweth:

The lyrics:

GLINDA
(spoken) Elphaba – why couldn’t you have stayed calm for
once, instead of flying off the handle!
(sung) I hope you’re happy!
I hope you’re happy now
I hope you’re happy how you
Hurt your cause forever
I hope you think you’re clever!

ELPHABA
I hope you’re happy
I hope you’re happy, too
I hope you’re proud how you
Would grovel in submission
To feed your own ambition

BOTH
So though I can’t imagine how
I hope you’re happy right now

GLINDA
(spoken) Elphie, listen to me. Just say you’re sorry:
(sung) You can still be with the Wizard
What you’ve worked and waited for
You can have all you ever wanted:

ELPHABA
(spoken) I know:
(sung) But I don’t want it –
No – I can’t want it
Anymore:
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I’m through with playing by the rules
Of someone else’s game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!

It’s time to try
Defying gravity
I think I’ll try
Defying gravity
And you can’t pull me down!

GLINDA
Can’t I make you understand?
You’re having delusions of grandeur:

ELPHABA
I’m through accepting limits
‘Cuz someone says they’re so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I’ll never know!
Too long I’ve been afraid of
Losing love I guess I’ve lost
Well, if that’s love
It comes at much too high a cost!

I’d sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I’m defying gravity
And you can’t pull me down.

(spoken) Glinda – come with me. Think of what we could
do: together.
(sung) Unlimited
Together we’re unlimited
Together we’ll be the greatest team
There’s ever been
Glinda –
Dreams, the way we planned ’em

GLINDA
If we work in tandem:
BOTH
There’s no fight we cannot win
Just you and I
Defying gravity
With you and I
Defying gravity

ELPHABA
They’ll never bring us down!
(spoken) Well? Are you coming?

GLINDA
I hope you’re happy
Now that you’re choosing this

ELPHABA
(spoken) You too
(sung) I hope it brings you bliss

BOTH
I really hope you get it
And you don’t live to regret it
I hope you’re happy in the end
I hope you’re happy, my friend:

ELPHABA

So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky!
As someone told me lately:
"Ev’ryone deserves the chance to fly!"
And if I’m flying solo
At least I’m flying free
To those who’d ground me
Take a message back from me
Tell them how I am

Defying gravity
I’m flying high
Defying gravity
And soon I’ll match them in renown
And nobody in all of Oz
No Wizard that there is or was
Is ever gonna bring me down!

GLINDA
I hope you’re happy!

CITIZENS OF OZ
Look at her, she’s wicked!
Get her!

ELPHABA
Bring me down!

CITIZENS OF OZ
No one mourns the wicked
So we’ve got to bring her

ELPHABA
Ahhh!
CITIZENS OF OZ

Down!

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