Sing, Sang, Sung – “On The Willows” From “Godspell”

Every once in a while, I’ll find a song I’ve heard a billion times over already and gain a new adoration for the song. And then proceed to listen to it a billion times over again. It’s gotten especially bad with my attempts to cull a musical list for any potential recital I’ll perform next semester. Every time I think I’ve successfully made the list shorter, I hear a song I adore and it gets longer again. Hell, the new “Les Miserables” movie has added a new song for Jean Valjean, “Suddenly,” and I’m suddenly finding myself wanting to throw that on the “maybe I could do that one” pile.

This time, thanks in no small part to the wonderful, fantastic production of “Godspell” by Theatre Tuscaloosa, I find myself listening to the song “On the Willows.” As I would like to have at least considered a few more duets, particularly with women, than my original set list contained, this one decided to pop onto my list. Which is very nearly back to 20 songs or so. Thank goodness I have a friend willing to tell me what not to sing.

Anyway… It’s a beautiful song. I’m annoyed that I haven’t already sung it a bunch of times.

“On the Willows” – “Godspell”

On the willows, there
We hung up our lives
For our captors there
Required
Of us songs
And our tormentors mirth

On the willows, there
We hung up our lives
For our captors there
Required
Of us songs
And our tormentor’s mirth

Saying
Sing us one
Of the songs of Zion
Sing us one
Of the songs of Zion

But how can we sing?
Sing the Lord’s songs?
In a foreign land?

On the willows, there
We hung up our lives…

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