Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from Musicals

3 Jun

I’m sure this has been done before, probably multiple times, but here goes.

My daughter and I were driving home from seeing Snow White and the Huntsman (my review here), and we were talking about the Les Mis trailer, which we saw for the first time on the big screen tonight (though we’d already watched it multiple times via YouTube).  She said she’d heard the woman behind us ask “what the heck is that?” when the trailer started, and she (Kelsey) couldn’t believe the question.  I had to remind her that not every family are musical geeks like us, and that those people should not be looked down upon, simply pitied.

“Why is that, daddy?” asked my wide-eyed princess, pretending to know she wasn’t feeding me a straight line.

“Because, my dear,” I told her, “they will never know that…”

  • Life is random and unfair.  Life is Pandemonium.
  • There’s a place for us.  Somewhere, a place for us.
  • The tigers come at night, with their voices soft as thunder.
  • There’s trouble right here in River City.
  • The hills are alive with the sound of music.
  • Everybody ought to have a maid.
  • You can have fun with a son, but you’ve gotta be a father to a girl.
  • Everything’s up to date in Kansas City.
  • Pretty women are a wonder.
  • The way to handle a woman is to love her.
  • You’re never fully dressed without a smile.
  • In olden days, a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking.
  • It’s not so much do what you like as it is that you like what you do.
  • June is busting out all over.
  • It ain’t necessarily so.
  • You can be as loud as the hell you want when you’re making love.
  • Time is an ocean of endless tears.
  • Life’s a jolly holiday with Mary.
  • With one look they’ll know all they need to know.
  • Children will listen.
  • If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
  • We all live such elaborate lives.
  • Each day got through means one or two less mistakes remain to be made.
  • Don’t feed the plants.
  • Everybody’s got the right to be happy.
  • A song of love is a sad song.
  • I can do anything better than you.
  • Love changes everything.
  • A person could develop a cold.
  • You’re always sorry.  You’re always grateful.
  • It’s all for the best.
  • Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.

And, of course,

  • The sun will come out tomorrow.

And then, my sweet girl said, “But dad.  What if they ask ‘What’s a Jellicle Cat?’?”

I shook my head sadly.  “Some people, there’s just no helping.”


Please add your own lessons in the comments.  We need to help the less fortunate, musical illiterate.


8 Responses to “Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from Musicals”

  1. chris June 3, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    Bohemia, Bohemia’s
    A Fallacy In Your Head
    This Is Calcutta
    Bohemia Is Dead

    Just throwing this one in I am sure there are many other great one’s from that musical but this song is amazing.

    • CPav June 3, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      I was trying to go for shorter, declarative statements. I’d probably shorten this one to “This is Calcutta. Bohemia is dead.”

  2. cheryl manchenton June 3, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    You’ve got to be taught to be afraid of people whose eyes are oddly shaped, of people whose skin is a different shade.

    You’ll never be alone

    I just cant help lovin that man of mine

    • CPav June 3, 2012 at 10:32 am #

      More good ones. Isn’t the second one “You’ll never walk alone”? Or are we thinking of two different lessons?

  3. cheryl manchenton June 3, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    Keep your hands above the level of your eyes

    • CPav June 3, 2012 at 10:28 am #

      Good one, Cheryl!

  4. Kelly June 3, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    So we are sitting at breakfast and coming up with more..,

    Life is a cabaret

    The Internet is for porn

    There is a light in the darkness of everybody’s life

    If you can’t be an athlete be an athletic supporter

    Everyone’s a little bit racist

  5. Duane M July 5, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    You’re a Good Man Charlie (Brown)
    After all, science has shown that a person’s character isn’t really established until he’s at least five years old.
    If tomorrow is already today Charlie Brown, there’s no way that tomorrow could be a better day.
    We love you Conrad, oh yes we do!
    Climb ev’ry mountain, search high and low.
    Follow every rainbow, till you find your dream.
    These are a few of my favorite things.

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