Song Lyric Sunday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 21 – It’s Quiet Uptown from Hamilton

My daughter sent me a text on Monday in all caps (which means she is WAY excited) letting me know that Hamilton was on the Grammy’s.  Unfortunately, I was watching The Walking Dead and couldn’t switch it.  Hamilton is a show she would like to work on, and I don’t blame her.  The only other Broadway musical I was this obsessed with was Phantom of  the Opera.  Hamilton ended up winning a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.

If you haven’t heard of Hamilton, I covered it a bit in this post when I first started listening to it.  I honestly can’t get enough of the music and the story.  It’s on my wish list for a show I want to see on Broadway.

I couldn’t resist throwing up one of the songs from Hamilton for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.  I picked this one because it is a different kind of love song.  I believe it has some hard truths in it.  Love isn’t always about sunshine and happiness.  Many times it’s about remembering why you fell in love to begin with in order to not just walk away.  It talks about one of the worst things I believe can happen in a marriage, to lose a child, and I believe it ends many relationships.  But this song is all about forgiveness and trying to live with “the unimaginable.”

One of my most favorite lines: “There are moments that the words don’t reach.  There is a grace too powerful to name.  We push away what we can never understand.  We push away the unimaginable.”

Be prepared to cry.  I still can’t listen to it without breaking down.

Please feel free to read the rules below for Song Lyric Sunday and join in with one of your own.  Thank you to everyone who started following the prompt.  I’m enjoying all the new music and connecting with new bloggers.  Thank you for making it so much fun!

It’s Quiet Uptown from the musical Hamilton
Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lyrics found at Genius.com

Angelica:
There are moments that the words don’t reach
There is suffering too terrible to name
You hold your child as tight as you can
And push away the unimaginable
The moments when you’re in so deep
It feels easier to just swim down

Angelica/Ensemble:
The Hamiltons move uptown
And learn to live with the unimaginable

Hamilton:
I spend hours in the garden
I walk alone to the store
And it’s quiet uptown
I never liked the quiet before
I take the children to church on Sunday
A sign of the cross at the door
And I pray
That never used to happen before

Angelica and Women:
If you see him in the street, walking by
Himself, talking to himself, have pity

Hamilton:
Philip, you would like it uptown
It’s quiet uptown

Angelica and Women:
He is working through the unimaginable

All Men (except Hamilton):
His hair has gone grey. He passes every day
They say he walks the length of the city

Hamilton:
You knock me out, I fall apart

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
Can you imagine?

Hamilton:
Look at where we are
Look at where we started
I know I don’t deserve you, Eliza
But hear me out. That would be enough

If I could spare his life
If I could trade his life for mine
He’d be standing here right now
And you would smile, and that would be enough
I don’t pretend to know
The challenges we’re facing
I know there’s no replacing what we’ve lost
And you need time
But I’m not afraid
I know who I married
Just let me stay here by your side
That would be enough

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
If you see him in the street, walking by her
Side, talking by her side, have pity

Hamilton:
Eliza, do you like it uptown? It’s quiet uptown

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
He is trying to do the unimaginable
See them walking in the park, long after dark
Taking in the sights of the city

Hamilton:
Look around, look around, Eliza

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
They are trying to do the unimaginable

Angelica:
There are moments that the words don’t reach
There is a grace too powerful to name
We push away what we can never understand
We push away the unimaginable
They are standing in the garden
Alexander by Eliza’s side
She takes his hand

Eliza:
It’s quiet uptown

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
Forgiveness. Can you imagine?
Forgiveness. Can you imagine?
If you see him in the street, walking by her
Side, talking by her side, have pity
They are going through the unimaginable


Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

Today’s Song Lyric Sunday is combined with Love Is In Da Blog hosted by Just Fooling Around with Bee, even though I’m not following the prompt today because I felt so strongly about this particular song. 🙂

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  9. I heard this song for the first time after I downloaded the soundtrack. I bawled.

    Because, for me, it’s not unimaginable. It’s part of my life. For all the joy and delight of my two thriving, growing children, there is always, ALWAYS the anguished shadow of our middle child, our precious Tiny Tiger who spent most of his 12 days in a coma, and all of it in the NICU where he died.

    The opening lyrics say it perfectly. Words don’t reach. Swimming down would have been easier. I’ve had very nearly 13 years to adjust to Elijah’s brief life, and his death – it’s not enough. It can never be enough. I’ve made a turbulent peace with the fact of it in my life, but, every year, as July 13-25 – the span of my baby boy’s life – gets closer, those tides rise up, again and again, and I get tossed on the waves of emotion too deep to resist…

    In that NICU, on the sunny summer afternoon Elijah died, the nurse told us that 85% of marriages don’t survive the death of a child. I’m glad that we did. I’m glad that Alexander and Eliza did, too. I think the secret is to accept that you each have your own grief, expressed in your own way. My husband doesn’t remember the exact dates, and he doesn’t want to talk much about it. It hurts too much.

    For me, writing and talking and remembering the child whose voice I never heard, who never got to grow up, is a way to honor his place in my life and my heart.

    Neither of us are wrong. Just different.

    Thanks for the reminder, as July grows closer again…

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    • I was honestly thinking of you when I posted this. Part of me was hoping you didn’t see it because I would never want to cause you pain. But I agree. The lyrics are spot on; at least, I can only imagine they are. I haven’t lost a child of my own, but my brother did. It’s such a terrible thing, something I know one can never just get over.

      My heart is with you. ❤

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      • Hiding from it doesn’t work for me. I’m not sure if it would have been better to have read your post before I was blindsided by that song.

        Things happened the way they did, and I’m OK with that. And, when I read this lovely post, I got to do so with an understanding of what you meant I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t had the chance to experience the soundtrack first.

        I can feel your heart from here. It helps. ❤

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