A little music crept into the blog yesterday.
At the same time I mentioned Bach could be my thing — but one has to be broad minded, and I am (honest). So take the following as one of the highlights of this year’s Proms:
That’s not Bach — that’s Sondheim — and Julian Ovenden’s rendition is brilliant. Oh, to be able to sing like that! I will spare you my version.
But what's the relevance here? Listen to it as a lesson for an economist — an observer who has never dared take part in the real thing — an innocent telling all others what to do — realising there is so much more to life than all he’s believed. That his dogma of neo-classical isolation is simply wrong — that there is so much more to Being Alive.
I don’t suppose that’s what Sondheim had in mind, but that’s one reason why it makes my heart sing. This is the awakening economics needs.
That and the sheer exuberant joy of it!
Anyway, here are the lyrics. Sing along!
Someone to hold you too close Someone to hurt you too deep Someone to sit in your chair To ruin your sleep To make you aware Of being alive Someone to need you too much Someone to know you too well Someone to pull you up short To put you through hell To give you support In being alive Being alive Someone you have to let in Someone whose feelings you spare Someone who, like it or not Will want you share A little, a lot Someone to crowd you with love Someone to force you to care Someone to make you come through Who'll always be there As frightened as you Of being alive Being alive Being alive Being alive Somebody, hold me too close Somebody hurt me too deep Somebody, sit in my chair And ruin my sleep And make me aware Of being alive Being alive Somebody, need me too much Somebody, know me too well Somebody, pull me up short And put me through hell And give me support For being alive Make me alive Make me confused Mock me with praise Let me be used Vary my days But alone is alone Not alive Somebody, crowd me with love, Somebody, force me to care, Somebody, make me come through, I'll always be there, As frightened as you, To help us survive Being alive, Being alive, Being alive!