Moments in the Woods
Sara Bareilles Lyrics


What was that?

Was that me?
Was that him?
Did a prince really kiss me?
And kiss me?
And kiss me?
And did I kiss him back?

Was it wrong?
Am I mad?
Is that all?
Does he miss me?
Was he suddenly
Getting bored with me?

Wake up, stop dreaming
Stop prancing about the woods
It's not beseeming
What is it about the woods?

Back to life, back to sense
Back to child, back to husband
No one lives in the woods
There are vows, there are ties
There are needs, there are standards
There are shouldn'ts and shoulds

Why not both instead?
There's the answer, if you're clever
Have a child for warmth
And a baker for bread
And a prince for whatever
Never
It's these woods

Face the facts, find the boy
Join the group, stop the giant
Just get out of the woods
Was that him? Yes, it was
Was that me? No, it wasn't
Just a trick of the woods

Just a moment
One peculiar passing moment

Must it all be either less or more
Either plain or grand?
Is it always "or"?
Is it never "and"?
That's what woods are for
For those moments in the woods

Oh, if life were made of moments
Even now and then a bad one
But if life were only moments
Then you'd never know you had one

First a witch, then a child
Then a prince, then a moment
Who could live in the woods?
And to get what you wish
Only just for a moment
These are dangerous woods

Let the moment go
Don't forget it for a moment, though
Just remembering you've had an "and"
When you're back to "or"
Makes the "or" mean more
Than it did before
Now I understand
And it's time to leave the woods


Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.



Written by: Stephen Sondheim

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usagicassidy

There is SO MUCH depth and warmth and character and vibrancy in this recording (and in her performance).

Sara UNDERSTOOD the assignment. She is Sara, a deeply talented vocalist and songwriter who, even though pop abandoned her, has a deliciously poppy voice, so clean and pure.

And this is not only musical theatre, but Sondheim, which has ALWAYS been character first. It’s complex, it’s rhythmic, but most importantly it’s about the character and their journey. No frivolous runs, no impressive high notes.

And Sara nails it. She bridges the two worlds together. There are vocal moments that send chills up your spine, but they’re NEVER at the expense of character. It sounds so good but it’s BECAUSE of the emotion that grants the flawless vocals an “okay, you’re a real person with real flaws dealing with real issues and I want to hear about it”.

Sara, you killed this part, you ARE both The Baker (Jenna) and The Baker’s Wife (Rebecca - Sara’s choosing). Thank you for doing this. I will forever be grateful.



Nepthali Laxamana

What was that?
Was that me?
Was that him?
Did a prince really kiss me?
And kiss me?
And kiss me?
And did I kiss him back?
Was it wrong?
Am I mad?
Is that all?
Does he miss me?
Was he suddenly
Getting bored with me?
Wake up!
Stop dreaming
Stop prancing about the woods
It's not beseeming
What is it about the woods?
Back to life, back to sense
Back to child, back to husband
No one lives in the woods
There are vows, there are ties
There are needs, there are standards
There are shouldn'ts and shoulds
Why not both instead?
There's the answer, if you're clever
Have a child for warmth
And a baker for bread
And a prince for whatever
Never!
It's these woods
Face the facts, find the boy
Join the group, stop the giant
Just get out of these woods
Was that him?
Yes, it was
Was that me?
No, it wasn't
Just a trick of the woods
Just a moment
One peculiar passing moment
Must it all be either less or more?
Either plain or grand?
Is it always "or?"
Is it never "and?"
That's what woods are for
For those moments in the woods
Oh, if life were made of moments
Even now and then a bad one!
But if life were only moments
Then you'd never know you had one
First a witch, then a child
Then a prince, then a moment
Who can live in the woods?
And to get what you wish
Only just for a moment
These are dangerous woods
Let the moment go
Don't forget it for a moment, though
Just remembering you've had an "and"
When you're back to "or"
Makes the "or" mean more
Than it did before
Now I understand
And it's time to leave the woods



All comments from YouTube:

Jason Leigh

I'm an absolute sucker for Broadway and the talented people who create in that space. But it's worth pausing for a moment to notice that Sara Bareilles is something extraordinary. To begin with, her instrument is stunning. Endlessly flexible, warm, and expressive, she can render any melody beautifully. She is a first-rate singer-songwriter and performer. Oh yes, she can also write successful Broadway musicals. And, recently, she shows us that she can act with the best of them. Is it possible that she is under-rated? We are witnessing one of our great artists in her prime and I can't wait to see what she does next.

Amy Strickland

Absolutely. I've always loved her but I'm in a hyperfixation moment right now. My Spotify end of the year recap is getting really skewed this fall.

Sakrysta

That lilt that she occasionally throws into her expression is just perfection. It adds just enough character without coming across as "pop." Also, her "What was that?" is one of the best deliveries of that line ever. LOL

Anne Caballero

Amen to that!

asmileisspecial

Strong agree! She’s incredible and I feel just from the clips I’ve seen that she’s a standout in this role. I almost cried just hearing her sing a snippet of It Takes Two because her voice is so beautiful and as you’ve said, expressive.

gsolomonla

Saw the last performance of this new revival cast before cast change in September. The audience was in love with the show but more so for Sara, this song received the longest ovation.

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N. Fosbinder

She sings it like a songwriter. Her voice tends pop (which I love, but I'm sure others will critique), but she's approaching this as understanding how a LYRICIST constructed it, how a COMPOSER structured it. Her just sheer appreciation for Steve is so, so palpable and anyway yes I'm weeping.

MIS315

I watched her perform last month, she did a PHENOMENAL job in this role

usagicassidy

It’s actually funny that you say this when she DIDNT know Steve. She wasn’t a Sondheim fan. Which is wild to me cause she clearly understood the assignment so well.

asmileisspecial

As I was listening, I was making mental comparisons to Kat McPhee! Kat’s voice has always sounded technically good to my ear but left me cold and though I think their voices sound tonality similar, Sara is giving me everything I needed! The interpretation, the storytelling, the emotion and the beautiful tone. I don’t think I’m going to be over this recording for a while, she just has such a fantastic understanding of the song!

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