Agony
Gavin Creel Lyrics


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Did I abuse her
Or show her disdain?
Why does she run from me?
If I should lose her
How shall I regain
The heart she has won from me?

Agony
Beyond power of speech
When the one thing you want
Is the only thing out of your reach

High in her tower
She sits by the hour
Maintaining her hair
Blithe and becoming
And frequently humming
A lighthearted air
Ah ah-ah ah ah-ah ah

Agony
Far more painful than yours
When you know she would go with you
If there only were doors

Agony
Oh, the torture they teach

What's as intriguing
Or half so fatiguing
As what's out of reach?

Am I not sensitive
Clever
Well mannered
Considerate
Passionate
Charming
As kind as I'm handsome
And heir to a throne?

You are everything maidens could wish for
Then why no?
Do I know?
The girl must be mad

You know nothing of madness
'Til you're climbing her hair
And you see her up there
As you're nearing her
All the while hearing her
"Ah-ah ah-ah-ah ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah"

Agony
Misery
Woe
Though it's different for each

Always ten steps behind
Always ten feet below
And she's just out of reach

Agony




That can cut like a knife
I must have her to wife

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "Agony" from the musical "Into the Woods" performed by Gavin Creel and Joshua Henry captures the feelings of frustration, longing, and obsession experienced by two princes. The song exposes the two characters' struggles in pursuing the women they desire.


The first verse reflects upon the singer's contemplation of his own behavior towards the woman he yearns for. He questions whether he mistreated her or showed her disdain, leading to her reluctance in being with him. The fear of losing her weighs heavily on him, wondering how he could win back her heart.


The chorus, "Agony, beyond power of speech, when the one thing you want is the only thing out of your reach," conveys the immense pain of longing for something or someone that feels unattainable. It emphasizes the frustration and helplessness experienced when desiring someone who seems just beyond grasp.


The second verse introduces the image of the woman locked high in a tower, painstakingly maintaining her appearance while humming a lighthearted tune. This juxtaposition highlights the prince's obsession with her, finding her both beautiful and elusive. The chorus repeats and deepens the theme of agony, underscoring that even though the woman would be willing to be with him if there were no barriers, the pain of the longing remains.


The third verse reveals the prince's self-assuredness as he questions his own qualities, believing himself to possess all the traits that would make him an ideal partner. However, despite his promises of being the perfect match, he cannot understand why the woman rejects him. This frustration and confusion further contribute to his agony.


Ultimately, the song captures the turmoil and desperation of unrequited love, highlighting the never-ending pursuit of that which is out of reach. It explores the complexities of human desire, the conflicts between societal expectations and personal desires, and the agony of wanting something desperately but being unable to obtain it.


Line by Line Meaning

Did I abuse her
Did I mistreat her or treat her badly


Or show her disdain?
Or did I show her contempt or disrespect?


Why does she run from me?
Why is she avoiding or fleeing from me?


If I should lose her
If I were to lose her


How shall I regain
How can I win back


The heart she has won from me?
The love and affection she has obtained from me?


Agony
Extreme emotional pain or suffering


Beyond power of speech
Indescribable or unable to be expressed in words


When the one thing you want
When the one thing you desire


Is the only thing out of your reach
Is the only thing that is unattainable or inaccessible to you


High in her tower
Up in her tall structure or castle


She sits by the hour
She spends a long time sitting


Maintaining her hair
Taking care of or grooming her hair


Blithe and becoming
Happy and attractive


And frequently humming
And often singing or humming


A lighthearted air
A cheerful or carefree attitude


Ah ah-ah ah ah-ah ah
Vocalization or melody without specific meaning


Far more painful than yours
Even more agonizing than your own


When you know she would go with you
When you are aware that she would accompany you


If there only were doors
If only there were means of entry or access


What's as intriguing
What is as fascinating or captivating


Or half so fatiguing
Or even half as exhausting


As what's out of reach?
As the things that are unattainable or beyond grasp?


Am I not sensitive
Am I not emotionally aware or understanding


Clever
Intelligent or quick-witted


Well mannered
Polite or courteous


Considerate
Thoughtful or mindful of others


Passionate
Filled with intense or strong emotions


Charming
Having an appealing or delightful personality


As kind as I'm handsome
As friendly or benevolent as I am good-looking


And heir to a throne?
And the successor or inheritor of a royal position?


You are everything maidens could wish for
You possess all the qualities that young women desire


Then why no?
Then why is it not happening or possible?


Do I know?
Do I understand or comprehend?


The girl must be mad
The girl must be crazy or insane


You know nothing of madness
You have no understanding of insanity or mental instability


'Til you're climbing her hair
Until you are scaling or ascending her hair


And you see her up there
And you observe her up in that location


As you're nearing her
While you are getting closer to her


All the while hearing her
Throughout the time hearing her


"Ah-ah ah-ah-ah ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah"
The repeated vocalization or melody without specific meaning


Misery
Extreme unhappiness or distress


Woe
Sorrow or grief


Though it's different for each
Although it varies for every individual


Always ten steps behind
Always lagging or trailing behind by ten steps


Always ten feet below
Always at a lower position or level by ten feet


And she's just out of reach
And she is just beyond one's grasp or touch


That can cut like a knife
That can cause sharp emotional pain


I must have her to wife
I must have her as my wife




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Written by: Stephen Sondheim

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@jakubeden

Did I abuse her or show her disdain
Why does she run from me
If I should lose her how shall I regain
The heart she has won from me
Agony
Beyond power of speech
When the one thing you want
Is the only thing out of your reach
High in her tower she sits by the hour
Maintaining her hair
Blithe and becoming and frequently humming
A light-hearted air
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
Agony
Far more painful than yours
When you know she would go with you
If there only were doors
Agony
All the torture they teach
What's as intruiging or half so fatiguing
As what's out of reach
Am I not sensitive, clever,
Well-mannered, considerate,
Passionate, charming, as kind as I'm handsome
And heir to a throne
You are everything maidens could wish for
Then why no
Do I know
The girls must be mad
You know nothing of madness
'Till your climbing her hair
And you see her up there
As you're nearing her
All the while hearing her
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
Agony
Misery
Woe
Though it's different for each
Always ten steps behind
Always ten feet below
And she's just out of reach
Agony
That can cut like a knife
I must have her to wife



All comments from YouTube:

@thetrashcan5558

Joshua Henry’s voice literally sounds like clouds and honey and I can’t explain any more than that.

@kuklakid

Well put

@smadar2511

dude... warm honey, not just honey. his voice is WARM honey

@jenniferwatson8798

Don't miss the 2018 Carousel revival album. I was blessed to catch a show in that Broadway run, and he was absolutely incredible. I went in as simply a Carousel fan and a Renée Fleming fan, but I left loving Joshua Henry, too.

@scarletgiry3958

Literally the first word that popped in my head when I him sing this live was “majestic”, he just sounds like a prince

@clairethompson5549

This is extremely accurate

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@SandyDelMar42

This cast is sublime I would give a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, a hair as yellow as corn and a slipper as pure as gold for it to be professionally recorded

@katie-7972

Boy do I have good news for you! The recording is available this Friday (look at the video description) 😊

@ginonovanta

i think se means in video 😉

@MermaidCore_

It’s soooooo good! Sara is sooo good!

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