Feel inspired by these hopeful lyrics from Broadway musicals
You know what makes us feel happy in times of great uncertainty and fear? Musical theatre. There's nothing like hearing the sweet melodies of "The sun'll come out tomorrow" from Annie or "You are not alone" from Dear Evan Hansen to keep our spirits lifted and make us feel like we're all in this phase of social distancing together. Here's some of the most comforting and uplifting song lyrics from an array of our favorite musicals to share the love and light.
"Tomorrow" from Annie
"The sun'll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
There'll be sun
Just thinkin' about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow
'Til there's none"
"Holding to the Ground" from Falsettos
"Holding to the ground as the ground keeps shifting
Trying to keep sane as the rules keep changing
Keeping up my head as my heart falls out of sight
Everything will be alright"
"I'm Here" from The Color Purple
"And I'm thankful for everyday that I'm givin'
Both the easy and hard ones I'm livin'
"Times Are Hard for Dreamers" from Amelie
"It isn't where I am, It's only where I'll go from here"
"Good Morning Baltimore" from Hairspray
"Don't hold me back 'cause today all my dreams will come true!"
"Defying Gravity" from Wicked
"And nobody in all of Oz
No Wizard that there is or was
Is ever gonna bring me down"
"Seasons of Love" from Rent
"In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife
In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure a year in the life?"
"We Can Do It" from The Producers
"We can do it, we can do it
This is not the time to shirk
We can do it, you won't rue it
Say goodbye to petty clerk"
"To Life" from Fiddler on the Roof
"To us and our good fortune
Be happy, be healthy, long life!
And if our good fortune never comes
Here's to whatever comes
Drink l'chaim to life!"
"As We Stumble Along" from The Drowsy Chaperone
"As we stumble along
'Cross life's crowded dance floors
As we push and we shove
We live and we learn
And when we fin'lly leave the bar
And we see that morning star
We pull our boot straps up and homeward turn"
"Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" from Oklahoma!
"I've got a wonderful feeling
Everything's going my way."
"My Favourite Things" from The Sound of Music
"When the dog bites
When the bees sting
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don't feel so bad"
"Out There" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
"Every day they shout and scold and go about their lives
Heedless of the gift it is to be them
If I were in their skin, I'd treasure every instant"
"Hero is My Middle Name" from SpongeBob: The Musical
"Don't give up and don't give in
If you're thinking sink or swim.
Courage is your plane to fame
When hero is your middle name."
"You Will Be Found" from Dear Evan Hansen
"So let the sun come streaming in
'Cause you'll reach up and you'll rise again
If you only look around
You will be found"
"Stop the World" from Come From Away
"And this present will be past so here we are
where the world has come together."
"I See Stars" from Mean Girls
"I see stars, we shine as bright as day
I will look out for you; we'll light each other's way."
"Everything Changes" from Waitress
"What I thought was so permanent fades
In the blink of an eye, there's a new life in front in my face
And I know in due time, every right thing will find its right place."
"Endless Night" from The Lion King
"I know that the night must end
And that the clouds must clear
The sun, the sun will rise"
"Take a Break" from Hamilton
"If you take your time
you will make your mark
Close your eyes and dream
When the night gets dark, take a break."
"We Raise Our Cups" from Hadestown
"Some flowers bloom
Where the green grass grows
Our praise is not for them
But the ones who bloom in the bitter snow
We raise our cups to them"
"Dancing Through Life" from Wicked
"But I say: Why invite stress in?
Stop studying strife
And learn to live "the unexamined life"
"No One is Alone" from Into the Woods
Someone is on your side
Someone else is not
While we're seeing our side
Maybe we forgot, they are not alone
No one is alone"
"Shine" from Billy Elliot
"It doesn't matter if your life's a mess
The whole process will coalesce
Girls, just try to effervesce
All you really have to do is shine"
"Watch What Happens" from Newsies
"But all I know is nothing happens if you just give in
It can't be any worse than how it's been
And it just so happens that we just might win
So whatever happens! Let's begin!"
"Go The Distance" from Hercules
"I will beat the odds
I can go the distance
I will face the world
Fearless, proud, and strong"
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