Lyrics: Requiem for a Bear

This is one of the earliest songs we wrote for DANI GIRL, and remains one of our favorites, in spite of some minor imperfections.

We decided early on that Dani would have a teddy bear as a companion on her journey, and that at one point in the story, she would need to part ways with her beloved friend.  This song marks that point.

As a side note, I always find it helpful to write a role with a particular actor in mind, and Mr. Fritz was no exception.  I wrote him for my childhood teddy bear (who was also my father’s childhood teddy bear), Fritzy (pictured above).  Fritzy made his stage debut in the Carnegie Mellon workshop production.  Here he is with Marissa Lesch.

Fritzy reprised the role for us in a number of subsequent readings.  He has since gotten a bit of a big head, and his numerous contractual demands have simply become too much to deal with.  Nevertheless, we wish him the best of luck with future musical teddy bear roles.

Lyrics post jump.

Requiem for a Bear

HIS FUR WAS TORN AND SCRATCHY.
IN PLACES WORN AND PATCHY.
HIS SEAMS WERE BARE.
BUT STILL I SWEAR.
NOT ANYWHERE,
A BETTER BEAR.
NOW LIFE SURE IS THE PITS.
REQUIEM FOR MR. FRITZ.

HE WAS THE PERFECT SIZE FOR HUGGING.
HE EXCELLED AT NIGHTTIME SNUGGLING.
HE TRULY CARED,
HE WAS ALWAYS THERE.
HE WAS TOUGH BUT FAIR.
THE BESTEST BEAR.
SOMETIMES A FRIEND JUST FITS.
REQUIEM FOR MR. FRITZ.

AND WHEN I DECIDED TO PAINT YOU GREEN.
OR STYLE YOUR FUR WITH VASELINE.
AND MOTHER PUT YOU THROUGH THE WASHING MACHINE.
YOU STILL CAME OUT ALL NICE AND CLEAN.

YOUR TINY BLACK FORGIVING EYES.
THAT BEG NOT TO MAKE THIS GOODBYE.
THEY SAY “HOLD ME THERE,
AND DON’T YOU DARE
DOUBT OR DESPAIR.”
BUT I JUST CAN’T BEAR…
MY HEART IS TORN TO BITS.
REQUIEM FOR MR. FRITZ.

AND SO I OFFER THIS PRAYER.
THE WORLD IS CRUEL
THE WORLD IS UNFAIR.
BUT IF THERE IS A GOD ANYWHERE,
PLEASE BLESS MY POOR LITTLE BEAR.
REQUIEM, NOW PAIN SHALL CEASE.
REQUIEM, MR. FRITZ,
IN ETERNAL PEACE.

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