I need a mop for all my tears.
And sorry to the few non-musical theatre fans who follow me. But this show is flawless. And my current obsession.
showtune of the week
elegies - “goodbye/boom boom” (2003 OCR)
there aren’t many works of musical theater that directly address the events we commemorate today. actually, the only one that comes to mind is william finn’s song cycle elegies. the show is a nonlinear, unconnected series of, yep, elegies, each honoring deceased figures from finn’s life. its final two songs are devoted to remembering the september 11th attacks and their aftermath.
in this song, a man trapped in one of the burning towers on that fateful morning calls his wife to say goodbye. she hears the phone ring as news of the attacks comes on the television, but she can’t seem to move to answer the call. she hears his voice on the answering machine:
tell our perfect child
i wasn’t perfect except in loving him
i would expect i’m correct
when i say he’s the salt of the earth
remember, my love, the day of his birth
when i sang goofy songs and wept?
i thought that we had it all
except now i’m saying my goodbyes
the living was the prize
the ending’s not the story
just saying my goodbyes
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