Sing, Sang, Sung – “Walk Through The Fire” From “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”

This post is going to be a bit earlier than usual, due to my heading out to grandma’s for Thanksgiving not too long from now. As such, I haven’t had much time to write anything neat… partly because I had to write three posts in one day. That takes some time, guys.

Anyway, I’ve talked about Joss Whedon’s musical talents, or at least the great music on his shows, before. This little ditty comes from one of the more influential shows Joss did, and one of the more influential episodes in the show. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” took sci-fi/fantasy head on, abandoning the space element most every show had done before and hitting it from a “Twilight Zone”-esque angle, in that it’s weird, supernatural things happening in the real world. In this show’s case, that’d be vampires and demons.

In Season 6, the show unveiled its musical episode, “Once More, with Feeling.” It was Joss’ first attempt at writing music, and I think it went rather well. While most fans dislike anything after Seasons 4 or 5, it’s pretty universally agreed that this episode was extremely good and very well done. It may not be the first musical episode on TV, but it certainly helped popularize the format. Both “Scrubs” and “House, M.D.” have had musical episodes since then, and I’m certain other shows I’m forgetting have done so (like “Grey’s Anatomy” and, of course, the entire show “Glee”).

The plot of the episode revolves around a demon casting a spell, essentially, over the town, forcing the residents to randomly sing and dance, often revealing secrets through their song. Worse, at a certain point, they end up dancing so much they spontaneously combust and die.

This song takes place after the demon kidnaps Buffy’s little sister Dawn, and she goes to get her back. It’s in one of my favorite formats, the style of everyone singing individually and overlapping one another in their own thematic music, creating amazing melodies and harmonies and I really just like it. It’s probably my favorite song in the episode, though I pretty much love them all.

The reason I’m bringing this up as a post, though, is that Kate Nash recently performed “Once More, with Feeling” at a concert, which reminded me of the episode. I like the episode better, but good on Nash for recognizing good music and being awesome enough to play it.

I think you should watch the show, personally. I’d say watch the episode by itself, but some things might be lost on you. Still mostly followable without background.

“Walk Through the Fire” – “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

Buffy
I touch the fire and it freezes me.
I look into it and it’s black.
Why can’t I feel? My skin should crack and peel!
I want the fire back!

Now through the smoke she calls to me,
To make my way across the flame.
To save the day, or maybe melt away.
I guess it’s all the same!

So I will walk through the fire,
‘Cause where else can I turn?
And I will walk through the fire, and let it

Spike
The torch I bear is scorchin’ me,
Buffy’s laughin’ I’ve no doubt.
I hope she fries, I’m free if that bitch dies!
I’d better help her out.

Sweet
‘Cause she is drawn to the fire,
Some people never learn

Spike (with last line)
She will never learn,

Sweet & Spike
And she will walk through the fire and let it

Giles
Will this do a thing to change her?
Am I leaving Dawn in danger?
Is my Slayer too far gone to care?

Xander
What if Buffy can’t defeat it?

Anya
Beady Eyes is right, we’re needed!
Or we could just sit around and glare.

Scoobies
We’ll see it through, it’s what we’re always here to do,
So we will walk though the fire.

Buffy
So one by one, they turn from me,
I guess my friends can’t face the cold.

Tara (Simultaneously)
What can’t we face?

Buffy
But why I froze, not one among them knows,

Tara (Simultaneously)
If we’re together

Buffy
And never can be told.

(All simultaneously)
Anya
She came from the grave much graver.

Sweet
So one by one, they come to me

Spike
First he’ll kill her, then I’ll save her!

Sweet
The distant redness as their guide

Tara
Everything is turning out so dark.

Buffy
Going through the motions…

Sweet
Ain’t what they had in mind

Spike
No I’ll save her, then I’ll kill her!

Willow
I think this line’s mostly filler.

Giles
What’s it going to take to strike a spark?

Buffy
These endless days are finally ending in a blaze!

Sweet
She will come to me.

All
And we are caught in the fire,
The point of no return,
So we will walk through the fire,
And let it burn!
Let it burn!
Let it burn!
Let it burn!

Sweet [Spoken]
Showtime!

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