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Why - Tick, Tick...Boom! - Jonathan Larson

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Uploaded on Apr 26, 2011

Tick, Tick...Boom! soundtrack - Jonathan Larson
track 11 - Why
(with Raul Esparza, Raúl Esparza)
Music and words written by Jonathan Larson, who sings on a demo track recorded in 1993.
Recorded at Clinton Recording Studio B, New York, New York on July 9, 2001.

JONATHAN

When I was nine, Michael and I

Entered a talent show down at the Y

Nine A.M. went to rehearse by some stairs

Mike couldn't sing

But I said, 'No one cares'

We sang 'Yellow Bird' and 'Let's Go Fly A Kite'

Over and over and over

Till we got it right

When we emerged from the YMCA

Three o'clock sun had made the grass

Hey, I thought,

Hey, what a way to spend the day

Hey, what a way to spend the day

I make a vow, right here and now

I'm gonna spend my time this way

When I was sixteen, Michael and I

Got parts in West Side

At White Plains High

Three o'clock went to rehearse in the gym

Mike played Doc, who didn't sing

Fine with him

We sang, 'gotta rocket in your pocket and the

Jets's are gonna have their day tonight'

Over and over and over

Till we got it right

When we emerged, wiped out by that play

Nine o'clock, stars and moon lit the way

I thought,

Hey, what a way to spend a day

Hey, what a way to spend a day

I made a vow

I wonder now

Am I cut out to spend my time this way?

With only so much time to spend

Don't wanna waste the time I'm given

Have it all, play the game

Some recommend

I'm afraid, it just may be time to give in

I'm twenty-nine, Michael and I

Live on the west side of SoHo and Y

Nine A.M. I write a lyric or two

Mike sings a song now on Mad Avenue

I sing, 'come to your senses

Defenses are not the way to go'

Over and over and over

Till I got it right

When I emerge from B Minor or A

Five o'clock, diner calls, I'm on my way

I think,

Hey, what a way to spend a day

Hey, what a way to spend a day

I make a vow

Right here and now

I'm gonna spend my time this way

I'm gonna spend my time this way

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