Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Everybody Says Don’t

In light of my last post, I found it funny that I came across a show tune I had not heard for twenty years or so.  The lyrics are so fitting to how I have been feeling lately, both about my writing and about finding my voice in other areas of my life -literally and figuratively.  I felt I had to share (and if you know the tune, by all means, sing along!) 🙂

This is “Everybody Says Don’t” from the Stephen Sondheim musical Anyone Can Whistle (1964).

Everybody says don’t, Everybody says don’t,
Everybody says don’t- It isn’t right,
Don’t- it isn’t nice!
Everybody says don’t, Everybody says don’t,
Everybody says don’t walk on the grass,
Don’t disturb the peace, Don’t skate on the ice.
Well, I Say Do!
I say,Walk on the grass, it was meant to feel!
I Say Sail!
Tilt at the windmill, And if you fail, you fail.
Everybody says don’t, Everybody says don’t,
Everybody says don’t get out of line.
When they say that, then Lady that’s a sign:
Nine times out of ten, Lady, you are doing just fine!

Make just a ripple. Come on be brave.
This time a ripple, Next time a wave
Sometimes you have to start small,
Climbing the tiniest wall, Maybe you’re going to fall-
But it is better than not starting at all!
Everybody says no, Everybody says stop.
Everybody says mustn’t rock the boat, Mustn’t touch a thing!
Everybody says don’t, Everybody says wait,
Everybody says can’t fight city hall, Can’t upset the cart, Can’t laugh at the king!
Well, I Say Try!
I Say Laugh at the kings or they’ll make you cry.
Lose Your Poise!
Fall if you have to, But lady, make a noise!
Everybody says don’t, Everybody says can’t,
Everybody says wait around for miracles, That’s the way the world is made!
I insist on Miracles, if you do them,
Miracles – nothing to them!
I say don’t,
Don’t be afraid!

Perhaps I have found a new theme song? 🙂

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