I've deciphered almost all of the lyrics for Forever Beautiful - anybody know what the [?] lyric is?"These portraitsThey trap me in amberThey will not ageThey will liveForeverMy Dalí dearThat mad surrealistHe made me beautifulForever beautifulMy eyes like gemsNotice, please, each tiny lashWould you believeHe painted with his own mustache?Raoul DufyA brilliant coloristHe made me beautifulForever beautifulA few deft strokesPoppy red, then iris blueIn my small wayI do know something of this, tooMade women gloriousMade women glamorousUsed all my art to hault the march of timeI slowed it down a bitThere is no stopping itBut in a paintingIt is always your prime - Right?Tamara de LempickaShe was bisexualYou see her love for me?Well, it's subtextualMy lifelong fightIs to keep my figure trimBut now I eat'Cos [?] keeps me slimGood, go then, you money menI read your beady eyesVain old lady, all aloneIn bed until she diesI admit, I am a little bit afraid to meet deathBut with my brilliant eye for artWhen I depart, I'll cheat deathWith my PicassoHis early cubist yearsI posed no clothes with himThank God, who knows with him?He says your ears are like elephant in sizeI say, from youWell, who can tell from ears or eyes?When I was girl of eightMy father sneered awayA plainer face he'd never seen beforeI said, to hell with fateI'll mold my destinyPacked my satchel,And walked right out the doorFrom this contented lifeWithout the scent, I wasBecame a name the world could not ignoreI reinvent my lifeAs every artist doesI had nothingI knew nothingI only know there must be something moreSo much moreLook at them allTheir light will never dimIf death should come for me,They bar the door on himThough flesh may fadeCanvas lives immortallyAnd there I'll hangFrom now through all eternityWho gives a damn?No children visit meThese are my progenyEach an exquisite meWho says I'm old?I look at my life, so farAnd I am beautifulAnd I feel beautifulForever beautifulWhen you feel beautifulYou are"
Haha I'm pretty sure it's Chocolate right? (Edit: haha very stupid thought in hindsight)
It could be, but that doesn't really make sense, right? Chocolate doesn't keep you slim. I'm thinking she's referencing a painting maybe in which she was painted slimmer than she actually was?
I'm fairly sure that the line in question is, "'Cause Giacometti keeps me slim." Giacometti was a major sculptor and painter pretty much of the caliber of the other artists mentioned in the song.May I just add that I believe the "War Paint" score to be for the most part glorious and profoundly underrated.
I think the line is "My father sneered at me" because that makes more sense and rhymes with "destiny"
CindersGolightly said: "It could be, but that doesn't really make sense, right? Chocolate doesn't keep you slim. I'm thinking she's referencing a painting maybe in which she was painted slimmer than she actually was? " Well that makes more sense. I thought it was meant to be a joke. (I mean it still is but still haha).
I would just like to once again say that it really is a shame that such a beautiful jazz score was completely overlooked at the Tonys. The lyrics, while there are some odd choices, are beautiful and specific and the music is interesting and unpredictable (in a good way). Frankel and Korie really are extremely underrated. Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven, and War Paint are all beautiful in their own ways and yet they are all under-appreciated. God, there are so many books and films that I would love to see them adapt.
uncageg said: "On my third listen. I am finding that my favorite song is "If I'd Been A Man". Saw them sing it at a Times Talk and was not crazy about it. Liked it more when I saw the show but love it on the recording.I also love "Better Yourself" and "Oh, That's Rich" "If I'd Been A Man and Now You Know are my 2 new favorites ...been listening every day and discover something new with each listen!
For my own curiosity, is there anyone here who was involved with War Paint when Donna Murphy was in it? I'm just really curious to hear how she was in the part and maybe how the show evolved.
Anyone have the lyric following "a little wandering Jew" in "Back On Top?"
torme said: "Anyone have the lyric following "a little wandering Jew" in "Back On Top?" "I think she says: The sad fact is that Europe's gone insane. To add to this I have such family strain: My sons don't call, my husband cheats, now they can pay their own receipts. I'm back on top!
^ That looks correct. Those are some fantastic lyrics.
They are hilarious lyrics. The show does seem to get better and better upon return listenings.
Anyone else agree that FACE TO FACE was the best shot performance of the night? I love the camera spin at the end.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_5Jz0ug7uo
Question about the meaning of this lyric in Forever Beautiful: Tamara de Lempicka, she was bisexualYou see her love for me? Well, it's subtextual Is this a subtle jab at how some straight people automatically think a gay person wants them once they find out their preference?
I'm afraid to give my thoughts unless I embarrass myself again but I thought that line was just meant to 1. Reinforce the character's bold/brass/confident personality but also, 2. Make a joke (you can't really see the love for someone in a portrait, hence her conceding it's 'subtextual' - which is funny. I find it to be a funny line.
mamaleh said: "The costumes were gorgeous and attention to period detail meticulous, but I found too many ofthe songs unremarkable, at least on my sole exposure to them in the theater. Also, I could not discern at least half of the lyrics sung by Patti LuPone. That's as good a reason as any to give the songsanother chance when the CD is released."These were my exact sentiments. I'd give it another listen too though.
Although the show is hugely flawed, this is probably the one recording this season I'll listen to more than once.
I love this score and loved this show. Had it opened either last year or this year it would've had a better run.
IdinaBellFoster said: "I love this score and loved this show. Had it opened either last year or this year it would've had a better run."It closed early, three weeks before my flight from Europe. I was gutted. But we've got Patti this season so that makes up for it in part.
I saw it on a rainy Wednesday matinee when the two stars were in peak form. I remember feeling impressed with both but "meh" at the intermission, though the show coalesced beautifully in the lovely last thirty minutes (final two arias, stellar, and obligatory if ahistorical scene). The score, however, is a keeper. And I enjoy it on Spotify. "Pink" is still glorious, a perfect little one-act play top to bottom.
I could see why people found the show boring, but I personally loved it. LuPone is my top Broadway performer, and it's always a thrill to see her live. She was funny and touching, and her voice was just sublime. Her sustained belts in Back on Top were marvelous, and Forever Young will always be a highlight of my theatergoing. Her voice is just top notch. Ebersole was fantastic too of course, and the two played off of each other so well. I wish I could've seen it more than once, but I loved it the one time I got to see it, so that's good enough for me.
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