Sondheim on Sondheim the Musical - God Lyrics
STEPHEN SONDHEIM: (spoken)
This is my studio. I work lying down, for obvious reasons:
it allows you to take a nap whenever you want to.
And I also use very soft lead pencils, they're called Blackwings,
and it means that they wear out very quickly, so you spend a lot of time...
(Pencil sharpener whirs.)
...sharpening. These pencils are very hard to find
I mean the man's a god!
Wrote the score to Sweeney Todd
With a nod
To de Sade
Well, he's odd
Well, he's God
I write on yellow pads. I prefer the kind that have exactly 32 lines on them,
because it means that you can make alternate choices of words in between two lines.
If there are too many lines, there isn't enough space
If there are too few lines, there's too much space
The lyrics are so smart
And the music has such heart
It has heart
Well, in part–
Let's not start
Call it art
No, call it God
I do use a computer to write on occasionally,
But mostly to transcribe lyrics.
And to make things look professional
Well, you have to have something to believe in
Something you can celebrate
Something like Venetian pottery
It might as well be musicals!
And when it comes to musicals...
I like the score of Rent!
The hardest thing about writing, for me, is getting started.
It's the first words on the yellow pad.
You have to lose your inhibition so that you can afford to say something,
Perhaps corny or cliched.
I use–I've often used, anyway–alcohol to help me lose the inhibitions.
I sip out of a, out of a shot glass,
Because once you're through an ounce and a half of liquor,
if you want more, you have to get up and more
(Sondheim knocks over a glass.)
And does he know how to rhyme?
He'll surprise you every time
You never know just where the chords are going next
Just like the lyrics–no, the text
You think the tune is going up it's going down
You think the tune is going on it stops
It doesn't finish it just stops
You know what I like best? His flops
Anyone can whistle, that's what they say
Still you have to have something to believe in
Some things you appropriate
Might as well be Stephen
And this box contains my fingernail clippings.
I'm thinking of sending them to the Smithsonian
Or, to use his nickname, God
We've got God
Look who's God
Turn him off and let's just sing the damn songs
Other Songs: Sondheim on Sondheim the Musical Songs Lyrics
God lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Sondheim on Sondheim the Musical Lyrics
Love Is in the Air
Take Me to the World
Talent/ When I Get Famous
So Many People
You Could Drive a Person Crazy
Now You Know
Franklin Shepard Inc.
Good Thing Going
Waiting for the Girls Upstairs
The Best Thing That Ever Happened
Fosca's Entrance (I Read)
Is This What You Call Love?
Losing My Mind / Not a Day Goes By
Multitudes of Amys
Happily Ever After
Something Just Broke
The Gun Song
Finishing the Hat
Children Will Listen
Send in the Clowns
Company/ Old Friends
Anyone Can Whistle