Flight

I have loved this song for years, long before I started ballet. It is hauntingly melancholy, yet hopeful. Sutton Foster and Megan McGinnis are FLAWLESS, especially together. Their harmonies are painfully beautiful. (Side note: I was fortunate enough to see them together as Jo and Beth in Little Women on Broadway several years ago. In the front row. And I wept like a child. Why that show closed after only 5 months, I’ll never understand).

I was driving home from ballet this week, joyfully jamming to Sutton Foster’s Wish CD, and this song came on. And it hit me. This song perfectly describes how I feel about ballet.

I could give a line by line interpretation to say how the song makes me feel. But I don’t think it needs it. So there it is. Listen. If you like to read lyrics while you listen, here they are:

 

Let me run through a field in the night
Let me lift from the ground till my soul is in flight
Let me sway like the shade of a tree
Let me swirl like a cloud in a storm on the sea
Wish me on my way
Through the dawning day
I wanna flow, wanna rise, wanna spill
Wanna grow in a grove on the side of a hill
I don’t care if the train runs late
If the checks don’t clear
If the house blows down
I’ll be off where the weeds run wild
Where the seeds fall far from this earthbound town
And I’ll start to soar
Watch me rain till I pout out
I’ll catch a ship and it’ll sail me astray
Get caught in a wind I’ll just have to obey
I’m flying away
Let me leave behind
All the doubts in my mind
I wanna wake without wondering why
Finding myself in a burst for the sky
I’ll just roll
Let me lose all control now
I wanna float like a wish in a well
Free as the sound of the sea in a shell
I don’t know but maybe I’m just a fool
I should keep to the ground
I should stay where I’m at
Maybe everyone has hunger like this
And the hunger will pass
But I can’t think like that
All I know is somewhere in a clearing
There a glare of sunlight on a river long and wide
And I have such a river inside
Let me run through a field in the night
Let me lift from the ground till my soul is in flight
Let me sway like the shade of a tree
Let me swirl like a cloud in a storm on the sea
Wish me on my way
Through the dawning day
I wanna flow, wanna rise, wanna spill
Wanna grow in a grove on the side of a hill
Wanna shift like a wave rolling on
Wanna drift from the path I’ve been travelling upon
Before I am gone

 

“Flight.”  Written by Craig Carnelia.  Performed by Sutton Foster & Megan McGinnis.  Adored by KitTeaCat.

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