SALLY
What good is sitting alone in you room?
Come here the music play
Life is a cabaret, old chum
Come to the cabaret
Put down the knitting, the book and the broom
Time for a holiday
Life is a cabaret, old chum
Come to the cabaret
Come taste the wine, come hear the band
Come blow a horn, start celebrating
Right this way, Your table's waiting
No use permitting some prophet of doom
To wipe every smile away
Life is a cabaret, old chum
Come to the cabaret!
I used to have a girlfriend known as Elsie
With whom I shared four sordid rooms in Chelsea
She wasn't what you'd call a blushing flower...
As a matter of fact she rented by the hour
The day she died the neighbors came to snicker
"Well, that's what comes from too much pills and liquor."
But when I saw her laid out like a queen
She was the happiest... corpse... I'd ever seen!
I think of Elsie to this very day
I remember how she'd turn to me and say:
"What good is sitting alone in you room?
Come here the music play
Life is a cabaret, old chum
Come to the cabaret!
Put down the knitting, the book and the broom
Time for a holiday
Life is a cabaret, old chum
Come to the cabaret!"
And as for me...
As for me...
I made my mind up, back in Chelsea
When I go, I'm going like Elsie
Start by admitting from cradle to tomb
Isn't that long a stay
Life is a cabaret, old chum
Only a cabaret, old chum
And I love a cabaret!


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Cabaret- Cabaret song meanings
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    General CommentHELL YEAH
    twisteron June 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe first time I heard this song it was the Liza Minelli version, it had a big Broadway and cheerful sound. When I saw this musical my view on this song changed completely. The actress (who did a superb job) sang the song as she was going through hell, not celebrating. And the musical Cabaret is kinda like that. It's in Berlin just on the brink of WW2 and everyone is having a great time, singing and dancing. But you learn through the show that nothing is as good as it seems. That for every toast that is made, something horrid like death is around the corner. And the character of Sally Bowles (who sings this song) wants to live the glamourous life she's always known. She forgets that she's in a time of politcal and social chaos and destruction. So she goes back for one more reminisce into the past. The song sings about celebration, but Sally learns all to well that there really isn't anything to celebrate any more.
    alouiseon July 30, 2002   Link

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