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Note to self:

Really must get around to checking on something that's been bugging me for, like, 30 years.

See, I love Godspell beyond the telling of it. I knew every note of it by the time I was four, making up my own words in place of a few I didn't quite get. I learned the very concept of harmony by following the different vocal lines. And "By My Side" in particular will just make me all kinds of wistfully happy every time I hear or sing it forever.

But what's up with the pebble in the shoe? And why are we calling it "Dare"?

Not sure I'll ever figure that one out, but one of these days I'll remember to really comb through and figure out whether it's Stephen Schwartz' fault or St. Matthew's...



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Nov. 2nd, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
Have you watched the movie with SpyDaddy as Jesus?
Nov. 2nd, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
Honey, I grew up on that movie. The question is, how many backflips did I turn when it finally came out on DVD? :-) (Which is actually just finishing up as I type this)

I'm not an Alias fan myself, but I've had great fun blowing the minds of my friends who are with Skinny Superman White-Boy-'Fro Jesus. ;->
Nov. 2nd, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
My personal favorite SpyDaddy mind whallop is the vision of Victor Garber as Liberace in the TV movie.
Nov. 2nd, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
I always got the feeling from the song that the pebble symbolizes the things we do to ourselves that make our lives more difficult: our faults, our habits, the choices we make that we know are foolish. The "dare" is to believe that we can make progress on the journey in spite of the constant reminder that we're blocking our own way.

"Godspell" is definitely part of the Soundtrack of My Life. Hearing even a few bars of the music takes me right to my happy place.

And now I'm going to have an earworm of my favorite song, "Day by Day", for the rest of the day.
Nov. 2nd, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
*nods* I was being a bit facetious -- I've always had a sense of it, albeit without being able to state it so clearly as you did, but that's more or less it.

There are a lot of lyrics I have an intuitive grasp of, that if you asked me to explain what they mean to me I'd be at a loss. :-) With songs, you connect or you don't, and I don't have a knack for elucidating.
Nov. 2nd, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
I "knew" what the lyrics meant but had never thought about why, until I read your post and tried to put it into words.

And deleted and rewrote about a dozen times before I felt like I got it. That's poetry for you!
Nov. 2nd, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what the lyrics to that song mean, but I really like it too. :-)
Nov. 2nd, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
I get a sense from the imagery -- and I like maiac's take on it above -- but I don't know that it constitutes "knowing what they mean." But that's poetry/music for you.
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