A few months ago, I wrote about song lyrics that spoke to my soul. That entire post could have been theatre lyrics but I restrained myself and decided to do a separate post of theatre lyrics that speak to my soul Theatre lyrics have a way of saying exactly what needs to be said in exactly the right way. So much can be said in a single line of a single song so I thought I’d share some of my favourites.
“I’ve learned to slam on the brake before I even turn the key” – Waving Through a Window, Dear Evan Hansen
Honestly, this whole post could be Dear Evan Hansen lyrics but I’m not going to do that. I feel like Benj Pasek and Justin Paul basically summed up my entire existence in one lyric. Putting your foot on the gas before you drive stops the car from going anywhere. The car doesn’t move fast but it still rolls. For so much of my life, there have been things I have wanted to do – like say auditioning for theatre – but I’ve been so afraid of rejection or being made fun of or whatever that I stop myself before I even try it. I have missed out on so many opportunities because I’ve learned to stop before I have a chance to try something and mess it up.
“Forget regret or life is yours to miss” – Another Day, Rent
This entire song kind of speaks to me but I love this lyric. This lyric reminds me that while there may be things in your life that you regret doing or even regret not doing, you can’t dwell on them. You can’t change the past but you can change the future and experience the present. Regret and dwelling on mistakes has dragged me down in the past and haunted my dreams with “what ifs.” Once the moment or the opportunity has passed, there’s no getting it back. But there’s nothing stopping you from seizing the next amazing opportunity that comes your way.
“He could be that boy, but I’m not that girl” – I’m Not That Girl, Wicked
I feel like this song just really sums up my romantic life. Every guy I’ve ever had a real romantic interest in is either a) taken or b) not interested in me. Even if he is interested in me like Fiyero is interested in Elphaba, nothing EVER comes of it. We’ll start talking and I’ll *try* and flirt or something but they never catch on or don’t care and then something happens like the end of a job or the end of school and I don’t see them again. For some reason I can’t make the words “I like you” come out of my mouth to boys I like. But that’s likely just because of me my stupid social anxiety or me not knowing how to say the right thing at the right time. Either way, every guy who has come into my life that I’m interested in as “more than friends” has never amounted to anything more than just friends. Maybe someday, I’ll pluck up the courage and tell one of them. Maybe someday.
“Suddenly there’s nothing in between me and the sky” – Me and the Sky, Come From Away
We’re often told “the sky’s the limit” – there should be nothing holding you back from chasing your dreams. Chasing your dreams is hard. And it’s even harder when there’s so many obstacles – whether it’s your gender, race, experience (or lack thereof), etc. – in the way. But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Limitations and obstacles can be over come and when we do overcome those obstacles there really is nothing in between you and the sky.
“Try to walk all over us, we’ll stomp all over you” – The World Will Know, Newsies
I have been walked all over and taken advantage of for pretty much my entire 19 years of existing on this planet. People take advantage of my kind heart, forgiving personality, my (parents’s) money and every single time I end up getting really hurt. This lyric taught me to fight back. I don’t have to let people take advantage of me. I deserve to be respected, I deserve to feel good about myself and I sure as hell do not need to waste my time, effort, and money to solve other people’s problems. I realize that I don’t say “no” nearly as much as I should and I agree to do things because I don’t want to hurt anyone but me being nice and people not being nice to me in return isn’t cool. And if I have to get a little bit assertive and stand my ground so be it. But understand that standing up for yourself is not being rude.
What theatre lyrics speak to your soul? Let me know in the comments!