Monday, June 27, 2011

Careful, Children will listen

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With all the fallout that is still dribbling around the internet, I thought it was time for a multimedia contribution that involves my repressed love for musical theater, Bernadette Peters, and Into the Woods a musical about popular fairy tales. I love it!

The above clip shows the grand finale in which all the characters share what they learned from the scary fairy tales they survived and what they understand now. The witch is relieved to see that her work is done and admonishes that children will listen and learn through stories.


Lyrics:

How do you say to your child in the night
Nothing's all black, but then nothing's all white?
How do you say it will all be all right
When you know it might not be true?
What do you do?
Careful the things you say
Children will listen
Careful the things you do
Children will see and learn
Children may not obey, but children will listen
Children will look to you for which way to turn
To learn what to be
Careful before you say "Listen to me"
Children will listen

Careful the wish you make 
Wishes are children
Careful the path they take
Wishes come true, not free
Careful the spell you cast
Not just on children
Sometimes the spell may last
Past what you can see
And turn against you
Careful the tale you tell
That is the spell
Children will listen

How can you say to a child who's in flight
"Don't slip away and i won't hold so tight"
What can you say that no matter how slight Won't be misunderstood
What do you leave to your child when you're dead?
Only whatever you put in it's head
Things that you're mother and father had said
Which were left to them too
Careful what you say
Children will listen
Careful you do it too
Children will see
And learn, oh guide them that step away
Children will glisten
with what is true
And children will turn
If just to be free
Careful before you say
"Listen to me"

Children will listen (3x)