"For Good" as written by and Kristoffer Kristofferson....
(Elphaba):
I'm limited
Just look at me - I'm limited
And just look at you
You can do all I couldn't do, Glinda
So now it's up to you
For both of us - now it's up to you...

(Glinda):
I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you...

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

(Elphaba):
It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend...

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you

(Glinda):
Because I knew you

(Both):
I have been changed for good

(Elphaba):
And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I've done you blame me for

(Glinda):
But then, I guess we know
There's blame to share

(Both):
And none of it seems to matter anymore

(Glinda):
Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood

(Elphaba):
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a bird in the wood

(Both):
Who can say if I've been
Changed for the better?
I do believe I have been
Changed for the better

(Glinda):
And because I knew you...

(Elphaba):
Because I knew you...

(Both):
Because I knew you...
I have been changed for good...



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    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented on this song. Well, it's an outstanding, beautiful song. In the book, she's never in a good mood (you wouldn't if you were green). Throughout her whole time at Shiz, she and Galinda never quite got along, but in the end, being around Galinda has changed her as a human for the better. My uncle made a slideshow for my grandpa's funeral and we chose this song to go with it. This song makes me cry everytime I hear it. Not only b/c it's a great song but b/c it was so true with my grandpa. If I never knew him, I wouldn't be the person I am today.
    Love ya Grandpa. I miss you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    angelbehavior18on January 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti def cry when i hear this song too. perfect graduation song. love idina and kristin they are awesome. end of story..
    am507on March 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentamazing song.

    it reminds me of my friend who committed suicide a little over a year ago. and i miss her every day, and i want to apologize to her for every bad thing i've ever done to her. and she's definitely changed my life, just because i knew her.
    xothefancykidon March 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song!!! My choir totally sang this as our senior song at graduation and I miss them all so much! But this song is truly universal and can be used for any moment in which you are leaving somebody you love and care about. It seems that that happens all too often in life. But anyway the whole soundtrack is amazing and see the show!
    j9don July 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWe lost a close friend in the Virginia Tech Massacre. This song will always haunt me. She sang this at her senior choir concert. Her family played the recording of it at her memorial. We realized then the new meaning the song now had for us. I have been, indeed, changed for good.
    pweenon September 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI saw this in West end last week.. i went there thinking that defying gravity would set me off, it didnt (i actually thought i'd stopped breathing it was so amazing tho) but this one did, i cried in the taxi to the hotel room and was still crying when i got in! lol

    I see it for all the people that i knew, who, for one reason or another, i don't really know anymore and for those who i still know, who've been so fundamental for the person who i am now.
    funkymonkeylozon November 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this is about having a friendship, which you never thought would become so great.
    You both learn from each other, and can help change one another if you allow it

    Amzing song, would love to see it on the west end one day!
    NonStopDanceon August 01, 2009   Link

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