Revised Lyrics in "A Little Priest"
I prefer the revised version of the first lyric, but the original version of the second. I don't think the original lyric in the first example sits as well on the music and I don't think it is as clear or as sharp as the other lyrics in the song. In the second example, I think the opposite of what Sondheim feels is true: the original lyrics further texture to the thought and intensifies it, while having Mrs Lovett merely repeating the line feels like an empty filler.
When I read this, I thought it might be interesting to sit with Finishing the Hat
and various recordings of Sweeney Todd
and see what's what. I'll start a new thread about this soon, but the lyric sung in the concert is 'Never really sold / Maybe it was old', which is, like the revised version Sondheim offers in Finishing the Chat
, a better option as far as I'm concerned.