I’m not a huge fan of the musical Hair. Mostly, I just don’t understand it. I’ve seen it two or three times and still leave the theatre unable to recall what just happened and what kind of acid trip I have just witnessed. Secondly, I completely botched “Let the Sunshine In” in an audition for the musical at my high school, and I’ve never quite recovered.
However, while I was listening to the original soundtrack again and prepping my usual lyric commentary, I realized how great most of the songs are. Like really. The lyrics are rich with pop-culture word-smithing. The arrangements are unexpected, layered, and just the perfect level of chaos. So maybe my problem is with the staging or the plot. I don’t know. Cause the actual music is great.
One of my lyrics from the show (hear it in #5 and reprised in #27) brought me to Manchester England England. And it doesn’t take a genius genius to love this city.
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Guess I should say please 😉
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind’s true liberation
Oh, Donna, oh oh, Donna, oh oh oh
4. Colored Spade
Manchester England England
Across the Atlantic Sea
And I’m a genius genius
I believe in God
I believe that God believes in Claude
6. Abie Baby/Four Score
♥7. I’m Black/Ain’t Got No
Welcome, sulfur dioxide
Hello, carbon monoxide
The air, the air is everywhere
Breath deep while you sleep
9. Party Music
10. My Conviction
This is supposed to be annoying, right?
11. I Got Life
On the optimism scale (with 1 being “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails and 10 being “My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music), this is probably a 7.
12. Frank Mills
Yaaas! Tempo changes, choral elements, dizzying lyrics, falsetto, an reference to the national anthem. Everything about this song is just great.
Like 90% of the lyrics are just letters. It’s genius.
15. Electric Blues/Old Fashioned Melody
♥16. Hare Krishna
God. Help. Me. So great. The first part. The middle part. The end. All of it. Great.
17. Where Do I Go?
18. Black Boys
19. White Boys
20. Walking In Space
21. Easy To Be Hard
23. Good Morning Starshine
♥24. What A Piece Of Work Is Man
25. Somebody To Love
26. Don’t Put It Down
♥27. The Flesh Failures (Let The Sunshine In)
Like I said, I have a personal reason not to like this song, but I do have to admit it’s a great finale song.