Carmen Ezgeta

     See the dew on the sunflower
           And a rose that is fading
                     Roses whither away
                         Like the sunflower
                                 I yearn to turn my face to the dawn
                                         I am waiting for the day. . .

                                       Not a sound from the pavement
                                   Has the moon lost her memory?
                                 She is smiling alone
                               In the lamplight
                               The withered leaves collect at my feet
                           And the wind begins to moan

               All alone in the moonlight
           I can smile at the old days
           I was beautiful then
       I remember the time I knew what happiness was
       Let the memory live again

       Every streetlamp
           Seems to beat a fatalistic warning
             Someone mutters
           And the streetlamp gutters
               And soon it will be morning

                 I must wait for the sunrise
                 I must think of a new life
                   And I musn't give in
                   When the dawn comes
                 Tonight will be a memory too
             And a new day will begin

Burnt out ends of smoky days
The stale cold smell of morning
The streetlamp dies, another night is over
Another day is dawning

Touch me
It's so easy to leave me
All alone with the memory
Of my days in the sun
If you touch me
You'll understand what happiness is

A new day has begun

Andrew Lloyd Webber

music by:  Andrew Lloyd Webber                                                                             lyrics by:  Trevor Nunn

                           (1948)                                                                                                                        (1940)  


[ musical: Cats ] 1981


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"Memory" is a show tune from the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats sung by the character Grizabella, a one-time glamour cat who is now a shell of her former self.
The song is a nostalgic remembrance of her glorious past and a declaration of her wishes to start a new life.
Sung briefly in the first act and in full near the end of the show, "Memory" is the climax of the musical, and by far its most popular and well-known song.
The lyrics, written by Cats director Trevor Nunn, were based on T. S. Eliot's poems "Preludes" and "Rhapsody on a Windy Night".



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