Music of the Night

As I mentioned last night, Chris, Lyz and I went to see a show at one of the local theaters last night. We saw Music of the Night, the songs of Andrew Lloyd Weber. It was really quite good. I had to refrain from singing along to songs from Joseph, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, and of course, Phantom of the Opera.

But none of the songs quite hit me like one from Cats. I try to keep myself composed around others. It is very rare that I cry in front of anyone, let alone in public. There was nothing I could do to keep the tears inside last night. It was more than just the words and emotions of the song, it was the empty seat to the left of me. The memory.

See the dew on the sunflower
And a rose that is fading
Roses whither away
Like the sunflower
I yearn to turn my face to the dawn
I am waiting for the day . . .

Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory?
She is smiling alone
In the lamplight
The withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan

All alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again

Every streetlamp
Seems to beat a fatalistic warning
Someone mutters
And the streetlamp gutters
And soon it will be morning

I must wait for the sunrise
I must think of a new life
And I musn’t give in
When the dawn comes
Tonight will be a memory too
And a new day will begin

Burnt out ends of smoky days
The stale cold smell of morning
The streetlamp dies, another night is over
Another day is dawning

Touch me
It’s so easy to leave me
All alone with the memory
Of my days in the sun
If you touch me
You’ll understand what happiness is

A new day has begun


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