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Song Discussion: A Parade in Town 
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Post Song Discussion: A Parade in Town
From Anyone Can Whistle.
Just out of curiosity, does anyone find this song as devastatingly sad as I do? It may just be me. It may just be teen angst talking, but I feel like I can relate to this song waaay too much.

So, Sondheimers. Do you find it sad? Is it supposed to be sad at all? :lol: I'm usually able to analyze songs clearly and without my personal feelings getting in the way, but this song is just so sad to me. Haha.
So discuss I guess.

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Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:45 pm
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Post Re: Song Discussion: A Parade in Town
Are you sure you are talking about the song you titled in the topic? If so, I see what you're saying. But Sondheim himslf has never mentioned this song to be very cryptic, down to where is just depressing. Lyrically I see what you mean, but it's got a nice melody that wouldn't sound depressi g without the lyrics.

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Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:58 pm
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Post Re: Song Discussion: A Parade in Town
Yeah, I was kind of disappointed when he didn't write anything beyond Angela Lansbury's demand for another solo in Finishing the Hat (IIRC) for this song, but I think I'm looking too deeply into this. Just a bit, anyway. I still love the song, but I don't think it's meant to be sad at all. The lyrics are a bit bitter, yes, and the melody argues against the sadness (although a sad song could have a happy-sounding melody...I just can't think of a good example right now, haha), so I've just decided I looked too deeply into this.

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Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:59 pm
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Post Re: Song Discussion: A Parade in Town
Well the entire show Falsettos is bitter lyrics with good melodies. Certain types of songs with bitter and sweet in the same context have to be written well, such as Parade in Town, or it defeats the purpose.

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