Lights up on Morningside Heights
Do you remember that time you said that you’d see a Broadway show before midterms started? I’m going to assume you did. It’s too late now. I’m sorry. You just contributed to the decline of American musical theater.
Either way, the magic of musical theater is all over this place. If you haven’t noticed yet, we’ve provided a playlist that will help you through the struggle of midterms knowing that one time your thoughts were put down in song, and then funded by millions of dollars, and then sung by actors, and thus immortalized, after which I cried over them in my bedroom in 7th grade. It’s just like the Varsity Show, except that I didn’t write any of these!
Purpose — “Avenue Q”
(what went through your mind during NSOP)
I don’t know where I’m gonna look,
But I’m gonna find my purpose.
Gotta find out,
Don’t wanna wait,
Got to make sure that my life will be great!
Gotta find my purpose.
Before it’s too late.
You and Me (But Mostly Me) — “The Book of Mormon”
(what went through your mind while talking to the future President of the United States at NSOP)
You and me—but mostly me—are gonna change the world forever.
‘Cause I can do most anything.
—And I can stand next to you and watch!
What Is This Feeling? — “Wicked”
(whether it was your roommate or Columbia bureaucracy or waiting in line at the Package Center, you found something to detest)
There’s a strange exhilaration,
In such total detestation.
It’s so pure, so strong!
Though I do admit, it came on fast,
Still I do believe that it can last.
And I will be loathing, loathing you my whole life long.
On My Own — “Les Miserables”
(a.k.a. Columbia Admirers)
I love him, but every day I’m learning
All my life, I’ve only been pretending
Without me, his world will go on turning
A world that’s full of happiness
That I have never known
Moving Too Fast — “The Last Five Years”
(You have classes, extracurriculars, a job, and a social life. You don’t sleep much, but you’re happy.)
I’m feeling panicked and rushed and hurried
I’m feeling outmaneuvered and outclassed
But I’m so happy I can’t get worried
About this singular impression
I’ve got a singular impression things are moving too fast.
The Book Report — “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”
(Charlie Brown’s inner dialogue in this song is painfully familiar to anyone who’s ever written a paper. We are all Charlie Brown.)
How can they conspire to
Make life so miserable
And so effectively
In so many ways?
Totally Fucked — “Spring Awakening”
Yeah, you’re fucked all right and all for spite
You can kiss your sorry ass goodbye
Totally fucked, will they mess you up?
Well you know they’re gonna try
So Much Better — “Legally Blonde”
(everything turned out better than expected!)
Whoa! Is that my name up on that list?
Does someone know that I exist?
Is this a mistake?
Am I even awake?
Pinch me now to make sure.
Ow! Yes, that’s my name in black and white
Maybe I’m doing something right
Wow! I feel so much better than before!
Try To Remember — “The Fantasticks”
(remembering the beginning of the semester at the end of it)
Deep in December it’s nice to remember
the fire of September that made us mellow.
Deep in December our hearts should remember and follow.
I Wish I Could Go Back to College — “Avenue Q”
(enjoy it while you can)
I wish I could go back to college
In college you know who you are
You sit in the quad,
And think, “Oh my god!
I am totally gonna go far!”
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