The very first movie I ever remember seeing was The Sound of Music. It was on VHS, dubbed entirely in Farsi (including the songs), and I loved it.
I still love it. I grew up watching musicals and I have a very, very soft spot for them. It recently occurred to me that some of the best platitudes I ever heard have come in the form of a song smack in the middle of a movie musical.
Here are just a few:
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Don't dream it, be it.
Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.
The Sound of Music
So, let them bring on all their problems.
I'll do better than my best.
I have confidence they'll put me to the test.
But I'll make them see I have confidence in me.
West Side Story
There's a place for us,
A time and place for us.
Hold my hand and we're halfway there.
Beauty and the Beast
Bittersweet and strange,
Finding you can change,
Learning you were wrong.
The Jungle Book
And don't spend your time lookin' around
For something you want that can't be found.
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin' about it,
I'll tell you something true:
The bare necessities of life will come to you.
Curtain up! Light the lights!
You got nothing to hit but the heights!
You'll be swell. You'll be great.
I can tell. Just you wait.
What about you? Any musical lyrics that inspire you?
And be honest, how many of these songs are stuck in your head now?