Lyrics: The Sun Still Rose

This is the first song we wrote for DANI GIRL.  In fact, it’s the first anything that we wrote for DANI GIRL.  It’s the only song that we wrote before the book.  In general, we think it’s a pretty bad idea to write songs before the book, but in this case, we ignored that policy.

The song was first performed at the Civic Light Opera’s Cabaret in Pittsburgh in 2006, as part of a HOMEMADE FUSION concert to celebrate the graduating class of Carnegie Mellon musical theatre majors.  It was performed by Patina Miller before she was Tony nominee Patina Miller.  To our knowledge, no recording of that performance exists.  But suffice it to say, she rocked it.

Speaking of rocking it, here’s Natalie Venetia Belcon singing the song live at the Zipper Theatre:

The song has changed a little bit since then.  Most notably, we now have the intro spoken rather than sung, which helps the transition into the song within the context of the show.  A few of the lyrics have changed as well, for reasons that are probably clear if you know the show.

Lyrics after the jump.

The Sun Still Rose

Once upon a time…  In the kingdom of blue skies.  Lived a princess, fair and beautiful with magic in her eyes.

SHE WOULD DANCE WITH DANDELIONS,
AND WHISPER TO THE TREES.
AND THE KING AND QUEEN WOULD WATCH HER
AS SHE SET THEIR HEARTS AT EASE.

‘TIL ONE DAY SHE FELL
UNDER A WICKED WITCH’S SPELL.
AND SHE LOST HER WAY ON THE FOOTPATH,
AS COLD, DARK NIGHTTIME FELL.

THE WOODS WERE BLACK.
SHE WAS AFRAID.
BUT THE SUN STILL ROSE THAT DAY.

AND BY DAWN’S FIRST LIGHT SHE DISCOVERED
THAT SHE WAS NEVER SO ALONE.
IN AN UNFAMILIAR FOREST,
SHE FELT TRULY ON HER OWN.

ALL THE CREATURES OF THE FOREST,
HAD SOMEHOW DISAPPEARED.
AND IN THE SHADOWS OF HER SOLITUDE,
THE PRINCESS TRULY FEARED.

AND THOUGH HER KING,
HAD RUN AWAY,
THE SUN STILL ROSE THAT DAY.

THEN A FIRE BREATHING DRAGON,
SWOOPED DOWN FROM THE SKIES.
WITH AN UNREMITTING ANGER,
NO PITY IN HIS EYES.

IN HIS UNFORGIVING CLAWS,
HE CAUGHT THE MAIDEN FAIR.
AND SWIFTLY HE IMPRISONED HER
IN HIS WRETCHED, LONELY LAIR.

THE CAVE WAS COLD,
AND FAR AWAY,
BUT THE SUN STILL ROSE THAT DAY.

AND THE PAIN IT WAS UNBEARABLE,
AND THE TEARS WELLED IN HER EYES.
SO OFT BEFORE UNSCARABLE,
THE PRINCESS BROKE DOWN AND CRIED.

SHE TURNED HER FACE
UP TO THE SKY.
AND OUT LOUD THE PRINCESS ASKED THE HEAVENS “WHY?”

AND AS DAWN BROKE,
NO ANSWER CAME.
BUT THE SUN STILL ROSE THAT DAY.

AND THE QUEEN LOOKED ON HELPLESSLY,
AS SHE WATCHED THE PRINCESS FADE.
BUT THE BEAST INSIDE HER BABY
SIMPLY WOULD NOT BE STAYED.

ALL SHE COULD DO,
WAS KNEEL AND PRAY.
SOMEHOW SHE KNEW
NO OTHER WAY.
INSTEAD OF BLUE,
THE SKY TURNED GREY.
AS THE SUN STILL ROSE…
THE SUN STILL ROSE…
THE SUN STILL ROSE THAT DAY.
THE SUN STILL ROSE…
THAT DAY.

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