Memory…

Daylight
See the dew on the sunflower
And a rose that is fading
Roses whither away
Like the sunflower
I yearn to turn my face to the dawn
I am waiting for the day . . .

Midnight
Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory?
She is smiling alone
In the lamplight
The withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan

Memory
All alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again

Every streetlamp
Seems to beat a fatalistic warning
Someone mutters
And the streetlamp gutters
And soon it will be morning

Daylight
I must wait for the sunrise
I must think of a new life
And I musn’t give in
When the dawn comes
Tonight will be a memory too
And a new day will begin

Burnt out ends of smoky days
The stale cold smell of morning
The streetlamp dies, another night is over
Another day is dawning

Touch me
It’s so easy to leave me
All alone with the memory
Of my days in the sun
If you touch me
You’ll understand what happiness is

Look
A new day has begun

To me, this has to be one of the most powerful songs from “Cats.”  The character, Grizabella, was played by Betty Buckley in the original Broadway cast.  Out of all the ones I have seen, she is the best.

A little bit of background on Grizabella, in my opinion, in her youth she was a very beautiful cat and was very well treated and kept.  As she aged, she was mistreated and longed for the days of her youth and beauty.  Throughout the play, the other cats don’t know how to react towards her.  Some are sympathetic to her and others are mean.  But after the song Memory, all the cats have a different attitude towards her and all feel sympathy towards her and finally understand.

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