A Sunny Disposition

I love musicals, but I’ll admit something…I’d never heard the lyrics to the song Don’t Rain on My Parade until I watched Glee. (Another admission:  I love Glee.) I’ve heard OF that song so many times, but I’d never actually heard it until recently. And I love it. It’s not just the music or the fact that the girl singing it has an incredible voice or even that I’ve listened to that song on the soundtrack so many times that I’ve pretty much memorized it…it’s the attitude. I love the lyrics of that song. Maybe that’s a premature assessment, as I’ve never seen Funny Girl, the musical from which it was made famous in the late 60’s. But, as I was telling Tom the other day, something about the lyrics just resonates with who I am.

I’ve always been a fairly happy, optimistic person. I see the glass “half-full,” am content by myself or with large groups of people, enjoy traveling or being at home, and enjoy being around people who are uplifting. “Smiling’s my favorite!” is one of my favorite movie quotes (Elf), and I generally just enjoy life. The main times I’ve seen a change in that are the times when I’ve been working places that I felt God was calling me away from but that I hadn’t yet left and maybe sometimes in my hormonal 13-year-old existence. Other than that, I’ve been a fairly upbeat person-even since I was a baby-just ask my mom! =)

So when I heard these lyrics, I couldn’t help but smile…

Don’t tell me not to live,
Just sit and putter,
Life’s candy and the sun’s
A ball of butter.
Don’t bring around a cloud
To rain on my parade!

Don’t tell me not to fly–
I’ve simply got to.
If someone takes a spill,
It’s me and not you.
Who told you you’re allowed
To rain on my parade!

I’ll march my band out,
I’ll beat my drum,
And if I’m fanned out,
Your turn at bat, sir.
At least I didn’t fake it.
Hat, sir, I guess I didn’t make it!

But whether I’m the rose
Of sheer perfection,
Or freckle on the nose
Of life’s complexion,
The cinder or the shiny apple of its eye,
I gotta fly once,
I gotta try once,
Only can die once, right, sir?
Ooh, life is juicy,
Juicy, and you see
I gotta have my bite, sir!

Get ready for me, love,
’cause I’m a “comer,”
I simply gotta march,
My heart’s a drummer.
Don’t bring around a cloud
To rain on my parade!

I’m gonna live and live NOW!
Get what I want, I know how!
One roll for the whole shebang!
One throw that bell will go clang,
Eye on the target and wham,
One shot, one gun shot and bam!
Hey, Mr. Arnstein, here I am …

There’s more to it than that, but it mostly repeats, so I figured I should stop there. I just love the “don’t bring me down” attitude of the lyrics…the idea that just because something might be difficult doesn’t mean you should try to talk someone out of it. Some of the most triumphant moments are when we aren’t sure we can do something, but we go for it and accomplish it. And I love seeing people that are go-getters, marching to the beat of their own drum, not worrying about how they are perceived if it’s what they are supposed to be doing, and smiling as if “life’s candy” instead of the rat race we’re always told it is. It’s so refreshing.

Anyone else have a song that makes them smile every time they hear it?

~Meghan

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