28 January 2008

Wishes Are Children - Manic Monday

You made my life so easy this week. Stephen Sondheim wrote about what comes after Happily Ever After when you dare to go Into The Woods. Be careful what you wish for because wishes can come true.

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


Unknown said...

Happy MM! Great literary selection...

My MM post this week is a golden oldie from Stevie Wonder.

peace, Villager

Unknown said...

I wish I could lose this weight!

Come see what wish came true for me!

Sandee said...

Oh this is so true Jamie. How delightful. Very well done as always. I wish I could do these as well as you. Have a great MM. :)

Cheerio said...

That was beautiful. I know and agree with you that wishes do come true so beware of what you wish.
Thanks for letting me know. I'll be fixing it later as blogger is acting up funny.
Thanks for visiting

Gattina said...

I wished Mo had choosen another word, lol ! The video is nice !

Anonymous said...

That was a well done post for wish this week. Happy Monday.

Mariposa said...

Love this entry! Happy MM!

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing the video - as usual a very well written and well thought-out entry.

Wishing you a happy MM!

Schmoop said...

Children listen too well. I remember driving my son around one day when he was two or three, and I dropped the MF bomb on someone who cut me off.

It took me a couple days to erase that word from my son's vocabulary. Cheers Jamie!!

maryt/theteach said...

Stephen Sondheim is a marvelous musician and lyricist! Into the woods is one of his best! Great take on WISH. The song reminds me of South Pacific's "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught:"

You've got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You've got to be taught
From year to year,
It's got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You've got to be carefully taught!

Ian said...

I crewed for Into the Woods in college. I don't remember anything about it except for Snow White doing a costume change right next to me and flashing her boobies at me. :)


BBC said...

I go to the woods all the time, but my wishes don't come true. But I make big wishes, like for world peace.

Mo and The Purries said...

Love this song. Would not have thought of it for "wish" but it's perfect!

Thank you, by the way, for featuring Callie in your sidebar!


cathy said...

matt-man made me come here. That's quite a thought provoking little song.

Amazing Gracie said...

What a beautiful production! I must confess I'm not too well versed in theater, only having seen Hair way back in the sixties when it was the naughty thing to do!
The message was wonderful, as was the one left by "the teach."
Truly a breath of fresh air...

Anonymous said...

A really great choice for 'wish'. I wish all your dreams come true. Happy MM. Thanks for your visit.

Alice (in BC Canada) said...

Woofenderful wishing. Wishing you a woofenderful week.

Maggie Moo said...

I think Into the Woods was one of the first plays I saw...I was so enthralled with the revolving stage.

frizzyeatworld said...

Beautiful post...

Happy MM!!! =)

Travis Cody said...

Excellent choice! I wish (ha) that I had seen this show live. I've seen bits of it on PBS.

Durward Discussion said...

It's available on DVD. I watch my copy about once or twice a year.

Cinnamon Girl said...

Here via Matt and that is a great choice for MM =)

Laura Brown said...

I like what you had for wishes too. Very true about watching what you say around children.