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Lyrics of Broadway shows.

by Guest6081  |  12 years, 8 month(s) ago

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I am fixating on lyrics that keep running through my head. I cannot recall what show they are from. I believe it was about a professor and a female student. The professor dies and the student sings a song that includes the lyrics: "And I reached way down to the bottom of my soul and I felt nothing. Can you help me finding the right song? Or someone please tell me the title of song. Thanks! Pam in Sacramento

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  1. Guest23268950

    Hi Pamela,

    The song is called nothing and it is from A Chorus Line. It is sung by a young actress, Diana, whose high school acting teacher kept telling her how bad she is because the stupid exercises he gives her to do made her feel nothing. She went out and found a better class and became a good actress. Years later she hears that he had died and she felt nothing. It is a funny, sad, very true commentary on bad acting teachers and the hope of becoming good at your craft.
    The complete lyrics of song are:
    I'm so excited because I'm going to go
    To the High School of Performing Arts!
    I mean, I was dying to be a serious actress.
    Anyway, it's the first day acting class-
    and we're in the auditorium and the teacher,
    Mr. Karp... Oh, Mr. Karp...
    Anyway, he puts us up on the stage with
    our legs around each other,
    one in back of the other and he says:
    'Okay... we're going to do improvisations.
    Now, you're on a bobsled. It's snowing out.
    And it's cold...Okay...GO!'

    Ev'ry day for a week we would try to
    Feel the motion, feel the motion
    Down the hill.

    Ev'ry day for a week we would try to
    Hear the wind rush, hear the wind rush,
    Feel the chill.

    And I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
    To see what I had inside.
    Yes, I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
    And I tried, I tried.

    [Spoken]
    And everybody's goin' 'Whooooosh, whooooosh ...
    I feel the snow... I feel the cold... I feel the air.'
    And Mr. Karp turns to me and he says,
    'Okay, Morales. What did you feel?'

    [sings]
    And I said...'Nothing,
    I'm feeling nothing,'
    And he says 'Nothing
    Could get a girl transferred.'

    They all felt something,
    But I felt nothing
    Except the feeling
    That this bullshit was absurd!

    [Spoken]
    But I said to myself, 'Hey, it's only the first week.
    Maybe it's genetic.
    They don't have bobsleds in San Juan!'

    [sings]
    Second week, more advanced, and we had to
    Be a table, be a sportscar...
    Ice-cream cone.

    Mister Karp, he would say,'Very good,
    except Morales. Try, Morales,
    All alone.'

    And I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
    To see how an ice cream felt.
    Yes, I dug right down to the bottom of my soul
    And I tried to melt.

    The kids yelled, 'Nothing!'
    They called me 'Nothing'
    And Karp allowed it,
    Which really makes me burn.

    The were so helpful.
    They called me 'Hopeless',
    Until I really didn't know
    Where else to turn.

    [Spoken]
    And Karp kept saying,
    'Morales, I think you should transfer to Girl's High,
    You'll never be an actress, Never!' Jesus Christ!

    Went to church, praying, 'Santa Maria,
    Send me guidance, send me guidance,'
    On my knees.

    Went to church, praying, 'Santa Maria,
    Help me feel it, help me feel it.
    Pretty please!'

    And a voice from down at the bottom of my soul
    Came up to the top of my head.
    And the voice from down at the bottom of my soul,
    Here is what it said:

    'This man is nothing!
    This course is nothing!
    If you want something,
    Go find another class.
     

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