I’ve done a lot of posts about my favorite lines in musicals and I guess that some might say that some of them are kind of weird selections. For example, “Klingt Cool!” (“Sounds Cool!”) from the German version of WICKED was in my last one. But today, let’s focus on the beautiful lines from musicals. That’s all that’s required. They don’t even need to be particular favorites of mine. They just have to have something about them that strikes me as particularly beautiful in either the way it’s sung or the words themselves. So… “Klingt Cool!” and “Guten Abend, hab’ für mir keine angst” (“Good evening, don’t be afraid of me”) will not be on this list (unfortunately). So… let’s get into it!
· “Elisabeth, sei nicht verzweifelt, ruh dich aus in meinem Arm, ich will dich trösten. Flieh, und du wirst frei sein und alles Kämpfen wird vorbei sein. Ich führ dich fort aus Raum und Zeit in eine bessre Wirklichkeit.” (“Elisabeth, don’t despair. Rest in my arms, I want to comfort you. Flee, and you will be free and all the fighting will be over. I’ll take you out of space and time to a better reality.”) from ELISABETH – So… is it weird that I want this on a plaque or something that I can frame? Maybe a tad. Let’s set the scene. Sisi’s dealing with tough times and guess who decides it’s a good time to show up? Der Tod (Death). And if he weren’t Death, this line might be super cute. But… he’s Death and it’s horrifying. But it’s beautiful. I mean… wow. Granted, the English translation sounds kinda cheesy but in the German it’s utterly beautiful. And if you hear it sung… you’ll know what I mean. Man…
· “Nein! Ich mochte leben!” (“No, I want to live!”) from ELISABETH – So, this comes right after the line I just talked about. And this is beautiful in the way it’s sung and in what she’s saying. At this point, I can’t help but feel proud of Sisi. She’s standing up for herself and she’s saying, “Hey, look, I want to live and you can’t convince me otherwise.” It’s a great moment for her character and one in which we really get to see her strength. Love, love, love it.
· “They were schoolboys, never held a gun. Fighting for a new world that would rise up like the sun. Where’s that new world now the fighting’s done?” from LES MISÉRABLES – This comes from “Turning”, the song that’s sung by the women after the fall of the barricade. And these liens are beautiful. It’s beautiful in the truth that it sheds on the barricade boys and the story of the June Rebellion of 1832. These were schoolboys. Not experienced fighters who knew what they were doing. Also, it doesn’t make it hurt any less that in the script of LES MIZ, the characters who are singing are family members of the barricade boys… yeah…
· “Drink with me. Today’s gone by. Can it be you fear to die? Will the world remember you when you fall, can it be your death means nothing at all? Is your life just one more lie?” from LES MISÉRABLES – I’ll just go ahead and say that I think that it’s a downright shame that they cut this line from the movie adaptation. Man… I think that this is one of the best lines in the musical as a whole. It sheds so much light on the whole situation with the barricade boys. They’ll be forgotten by the world as the centuries roll by. But at least some of us remember what they did for their country in June of 1832.
· “Come to me… another day is dying… can’t you hear the winter wind is crying? There’s a darkness which calls without a warning. But I will sing you lullabies and wake you in the morning.” from LES MISÉRABLES – “Fantine’s Death / Come To Me” is, in my opinion, one of the biggest tearjerking moments of the musical. And you know, it’s packed with beautiful lines like this and I just can’t get enough of this scene. It’s an absolutely beautiful, heartbreaking scene that I absolutely love.
· “To love another person is to see the face of God.” from LES MISÉRABLES – You know that a line is beautiful when it’s all that’s needed to get you bawling. That’s what this line does for me. And this line really holds the spirit of LES MIZ, I think. It’s just beautiful. I don’t even know what more I can say.
· “Without me, his world will go on turning—a world that’s full of happiness that I have never known!” from LES MISÉRABLES – This is, I think, the most heartbreaking lyric from “On My Own”. The fact that yes, Marius’s world will go on turning without Éponine and that her world will change and be filled with cruelty when she snaps out of her fantasies. And it’s so sad. Maybe it’s the contrast between their two worlds that makes it so sad.
· “Ja, ich weiß, er hat mir übersehen, ganz egal, ich muss zu ihm stehen.” (“Yeah, I know he overlooked me, no matter, I have to stand beside him.”) from LES MISÉRABLES – Something about this line is so beautiful and I think it perfectly shows and describes Éponine’s love for Marius. Éponine knows that she doesn’t have a shot with Marius because he’s in love with Cosette but she’ll stand with him still because she loves him.
· “So I won’t betray his trust, though people say I must. I’ve got to stay true just as long as he needs me.” from OLIVER! – Nancy is, in my opinion, one of the toughest, strongest characters I have ever, ever come across. And that’s saying a lot. Nancy stays with Bill because she thinks that he needs her and because she loves him. And while the relationship is dangerous for Nancy, it is impossible not to admire her love for him (even if it is unhealthy). And maybe it’s not admiration. Maybe it’s more fear for her life than anything but man… it hurts knowing that she will stay with him even if it ends with him killing her because she’ll still love him even then.
· “I’m here when you need me, I’ll live and I’ll die with you. I’ll share all your troubles, I’ll laugh and I’ll cry with you. You can blame me and bless me but you cannot possess me. ‘Cause I belong to me!” from an English translation of ELISABETH – I am seriously in love with this translation of “Ich Gehör Nur Mir” (“I Belong to Me”) from ELISABETH. It’s beautiful in all of the right ways. As much as I’m glad that Broadway did not get their hands on ELISABETH, if they ever do, I hope that they use this translation of the song because it’s so beautiful. I mean… I get chills every time I listen to it. But then again, I will only ever be happy if Broadway gets a production of ELISABETH if they keep everything the same in terms of story and costumes and everything that really matters. They can do what they want with the set. But they need to keep the spirit of the show. Man… that got a bit off-topic…
· “Seibereit, Sternkind.” (“Be ready, Star child.”) from TANZ DER VAMPIRE – Have I talked about how amazing German nicknames are? Granted, there are some weird ones like “Schnecke” (“Snail”) and “Mausbär” (“mouse bear”) but “Sternkind” (“Star child”) is just so cute and man, I’m in love with it. (In general, I love German nicknames involving “stern” (“star”) like “sterne” but “sternkind” is just… wonderful.) Anyways, I think that this line is beautiful in the way it’s sung and in it’s use of a great nickname!
· “Star in the sky, can you tell me why heaven’s so far away?” from the Royal Variety variation of “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – So… I think it’s disappointing that this line is not in the actual “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” that is used on stage but they did have Sarah Brightman sing it for a performance on the Royal Variety Show years and years ago. And isn’t this line just absolutely beautiful? I love it and think that it’s one of the best things in the world.
· “Hearing is believing, music is deceiving…” from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – Again, this line isn’t really used anymore. But it is in the music video of Michael Crawford signing “Music of the Night” and it was actually the first song from PHANTOM that I’d ever heard. And this line was the line I heard for the first time—not “Turn your face away from the garish light of day”. I remember being kind of bummed out that this line was replaced but I have come to terms with it now. But I still think that this line is beautiful.
· “Elisabeth… ich liebe dich.” (“Elisabeth… I love you…”) from ELISABETH – In German, “Ich liebe dich” means “I love you” but really, that “I love you” means something a little different from the English “I love you”. In German, you would never say “Ich liebe dich” to your mom or any family member really. No. “Ich liebe dich” is reserved for super special occasions (and people). “Ich liebe dich” is more on the romantic “I love you” spectrum than the love you feel for someone like your mom or your dad. And it’s powerful when it is used. That also would explain why, in German-language musicals, “I love you” or rather, “ich liebe dich” is a phrase that is not used nearly as often as in English musicals. So, I think that this line is so simple yet beautiful at the same time and I just love it. (Sorry… that turned into a bit of a German lesson, didn’t it?)
· “I do believe I have been changed for the better…” from WICKED – “For Good” is, in my opinion, the most beautiful song from WICKED. It’s a song that I think is just full of feeling and emotion and this repeated line just hits home every time. It’s a simple line, yes. But who says that simple can’t be beautiful? And another beautiful thing about this line? It practically sums up the whole show.
· “Everyone deserves a chance to fly.” from WICKED – There’s something about this line in “Defying Gravity” that is just so perfect. I know that the Wizard also says this line but I think that it’s especially beautiful when Elphie sings it for some reason. I’m not quite sure why but man, I love, love, love it.
· “For now I realize that good can come from bad. That may not make me wise… but oh, it makes me glad! And I… I never thought I’d leave behind… my childhood dreams but I don’t mind… I’m where and who I want to be. No change of heart; a change in me.” from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – “A Change in Me” is one of the most beautiful songs that I have ever heard in my life and it’s packed with beautiful, beautiful lines. Seriously. And this is just one of those examples. I think that the great thing about “A Change in Me” really shows Belle’s character growth from the beginning of the show to the end of the show and I think that’s what makes it so beautiful.
· “Stories ‘bout heroes who overcame their deepest sorrow! They’ll bring hope into his heart again to cherish every day. He’ll find a better world and the strength to face tomorrow. I’m sure that when he knows the way… he’ll want to stay…” from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: THE ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS – I’ve always loved this line for as long as I can remember. “Stories” has an especially wonderful meaning to me as a reader and a writer, I think. I love stories because they can wield so much power. And this song perfectly demonstrates that. Guys, if you haven’t listened to this song before, you definitely should!
· “Die welt sucht vergebens den sinn meines lebens denn ich gehör nur mir!” (“The world is searching in vain for the meaning of my life because I belong to me!”) from ELISABETH – I don’t think that things get much more beautiful than this line. Or maybe that’s just the history geek inside of me that’s talking. I think that this holds special importance with me because, as a person who avidly studies history, I know that a lot of the time, I’m searching in vain for the meanings to these deceased people’s lives because none of us really can ever know who they were because we can’t talk to them. I don’t know… I just think that there’s something about it that’s so beautiful. I’ll never get over this line, I think.
So, these are some of my favorite beautiful lines from musicals! Did you find any of your favorites on here? Tschüss!