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I will read all their dreams to the stars

10.21.2008


I took my friend Kristen to see Spring Awakening this Friday. If you remember, I wrote about my desire to see it back in April. So I won't rehash here what I've written about it there, but instead tell you about my reactions to it.

I loved it. I wish I could have seen it again. It was a pretty minimalist show, no huge stage effects or gimmicks, which fit with the late 18th century setting of a strict, modest town in Germany. It would be easy to say that the play is just one big push for a sexual revolution, or at least sex education, and yes, it is. But it's also a hugely humanizing look at adolescence and discoveries of sexuality, both good and bad. The young performers did an incredible job and I was in awe of them. I totally recommend seeing the show if you can (it's on Broadway and on tour) and taking teenagers, even. Who knows how much stronger my reactions might have been if I were a teen when I experienced this show for the first time, though the feelings and confusion expressed are pretty universal.

My favorite songs follow with my favorite lyrics:

1) "My Junk"

See us, winter walking after a storm.
It's chill in the wind but it's warm in your arms.

The stop all snow line, may not be true.

We've all got our junk, and my junk is you.


2) "Touch Me"

Touch me-all silent.

Tell me-please-all is forgiven.

Consume my wine

Consume my mind
I'll tell you how, how the winds sigh...

Touch me-just try it.

Now, there-that's it-oh, God that's heaven.

I'll love your light
I'll love you right...

We'll wonder down where where the sins cry...


3) "The Word of Your Body"

Haven’t you heard the word – how I want you?

O, I’m gonna be wounded
O, I’m gonna be your wound

O, I’m gonna bruise you

O, you’re gonna be my bruise


4) "The Guilty Ones"

And now our bodies are the guilty ones –
Our touch

Will fill every hour

Huge and dark

Oh our hearts

Will murmur the blues from on high

Then whisper some silver reply


5) "Left Behind"

The talks you never had,
the saturdays you never spent.

All the 'grown-up' places you never went.
And all of the crying you wouldn't understand.

You just let him cry, 'make a man out of him.'


A shadow passed, a shadow passed, yearning, yearning
For a fool it called a home.
All things he ever wished are left behind.
All the things his mama did to make him mind,

And how his dad had hoped he'd grow.


6) "Totally Fucked"

Yeah, you’re fucked all right – and all for spite
You can kiss your sorry ass goodbye

Totally fucked – will they mess you up?

Well you know they’re gonna try


7) "Those You've Known"
Now they’ll walk on my arm through the distant night
And I won’t let them stray from my heart

Through the wind, through the dark, through the winter light

I will read all their dreams to the stars


I’ll walk with them now

I’ll call on their names

I’ll see their thoughts are known

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