Tuesday, March 19, 2013

No Way To Stop It







A song that should have had more prominence but since it was cut from the 1965 film version of The Sound of Music (for political reasons) it did not achieve the fame it should have. I wished every Politician would listen to it (especially Conservative Republicans) and try to "think" while doing so, perhaps it could help to mend their ways.
There's no way to stop it but we sure can start thinking about taking care of our Earth instead of concentrating only on the bottom-line $$$.
(Are you listening Republicans?). thinkingblue

The Sound of Music Lyrics
No Way to Stop It
by Rodgers & Hammerstein
{{The satiric cynical number, which is about "amoral political compromising" (and in fact an anti-protest song), is theorised by Broadway Musicals: A Hundred Year History to be the first-ever rock song to be introduced to a Broadway musical. The book cites its similarity to songs by the Kingston Trio from around that time. The song, along with "How Can Love Survive" (which was also cut from the film), was cited in The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television as an example of Roger and Hammerstein's "wry sense of sophistication". The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity compares the song to So What? from Cabaret, in that they both "articulate [the] general sense of indifference among many constituencies that would eventually allow the Third Reich to expand its influence beyond the point of return". Both these songs include the theme of obsessive circular motion in order to create a sense of inevitability. In the case of "No Way to Stop It", the lyrical motif is the orbit of various satellites, and by the end of the song, it is implied that "I" is the centre of the universe. As a result of this duet (in which the Captain and the Baroness "attempt to work out their competition and the complexities of a dually rich marriage") being cut from the film: class and political tensions are eliminated, secondary characters become less complex, and Maria and the children most of the film's focus.}}
No Way to Stop It Lyrics
[She]
You dear attractive dewy-eyed idealist,
Today you have to learn to be a realist.

[He] You may be bent on doing deed of daring due,
But up against a shark, what can a herring do?

[She] Be wise, compromise.

[He] Compromise, and be wise!

[She] Let them think you're on their side, be noncommittal.

[He] I will not bow my head to the men I despise!

[Other He] You won't have to bow your head to stoop a little.

[She] Why not learn to put your faith and your reliance,
On an obvious and simple fact of science?

Refrain

[She] A crazy planet full of crazy people,
Is somersaulting all around the sky.
And everytime it turns another somersault,
Another day goes by.
And there's no way to stop it,
No, there's no way to stop it.
No, you can't stop it even if you tried.
So, I'm not going to worry,
No, I'm not going to worry,
Everytime I see another day go by.

[He] While somersaulting at a cockeyed angle,
We make a cockeyed circle 'round the sun.
And when we circle back to where we started from,
Another year has run.

[Both] And there's no way to stop it,
No, there's no way to stop it,
If the earth wants to roll around the sun.
You're a fool if you worry.
You're a fool if you worry,
Over anything but little number one.

[He]That's you!

[She] That's I!

[He] And I!

[Other He] And me!

[He]That all absorbing character.

[She] That fastinating creature.

[Other He] That super special feature,

[All] Me!

[He]So every star on every whirling planet,
And every constellation in the sky,
Revolves around the center of the universe,
That lovely thing called, I.

[All] And there's no way to stop it.
No, there's no way to stop it,
And I know, though I cannot tell you why (sigh).
Just as long as I'm living,
Just as long as I'm living,
There'll be nothing else as wonderful as I.
[All] And there's no way to stop it.
No, there's no way to stop it,
And I know, though I cannot tell you why (sigh).
Just as long as I'm living,
Just as long as I'm living,
There'll be nothing else as wonderful as I.
I! I! I! Nothing else as wonderful as I! (I think this lyric is a Paul Ryan GOP Mantra )
Sound of Music, The (1959), a musical play by Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse (book), Richard Rodgers (music), Oscar Hammerstein (lyrics). [ Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 1,443 perf.; Tony Award.] When the lively Maria (Mary Martin), a postulant at an Austrian convent, seems an unlikely candidate for her religious order, the Mother Abbess (Patricia Neway) arranges for her to serve as governess to the seven children of the stern, widowed naval officer Captain Georg von Trapp (Theodore Bikel). Maria wins the children's love immediately and inadvertently falls for the Captain himself. He is opposed to the Nazis, so when they order him to report for duty, the whole family flees to the safety of the West. Notable songs: The Sound of Music; My Favorite Things; Edelweiss; Do-Re-Mi; Climb Ev'ry Mountain; The Lonely Goatherd; Sixteen Going on Seventeen. Written shortly before Hammerstein's death and thus this great partnership's last work, the musical, which was based on Maria von Trapp's autobiography The Trapp Family Singers, was condemned by such staunch detractors of operetta as Brooks Atkinson. The public, however, adored it. A 1965 film version broke records, helping the show to remain a favorite in theatres across the country. A 1998 Broadway revival was well received by audiences and the critics.

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