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australia, ocean
As a freshman in highschool I was in the chorus of Pippin, a musical I'd never heard of before and haven't really given much thought since, except that I have found out that Ben Vereen was in the original Broadway cast back in the 70s...amazing I don't really remember too much of being in that show, when all the other musicals I've been in I can rattle off the entire show. However, tonight I was watching Curb Your Enthusiam, where a blind piano player was covering show tunes, and he started singing a song...as he kept singing I remembered it was the main theme from Pippin, "Corner of the Sky" - a song I couldn't have sung on demand if you'd asked me 10 minutes ago, but now I remember "hey I liked that song!"

So, I can't remember all the lyrics, which is always really annoying when you can only sing part of a song over & over, so I thought maybe this might be a decent $0.99 purchase off iTunes. Searching on the exact title "Corner of the Sky" I get 17 results, including 10 that are indeed the song I'm searching for. Three are different Jackson 5 versions(!), one Diana Ross, a couple other disco divas I assume from the preview snippet but I don't recognize the names - I guess this really was popular in the 70s? - then also some various Broadway compilation albums but I didn't like any of their voices...but no Ben Vereen, let alone ANY cast recording! Shame, really, since even though all the disco versions are cool in a retro way, I wanted a nice lyrical performance like a cast recording would have...ah well...back to singing the chunk I do know I guess... ;)

"Everything has its season
Everything has its time
Show me a reason and I'll soon show you a rhyme
Cats fit on the windowsill
Children fit in the snow
Why do I feel I don't fit in anywhere I go?

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I've got to be where my spirit can run free
Gotta find my corner of the sky..."

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I had to laugh because that's exactly how I remember Pippin - I've seen it at least twice, remember being generally entertained by it, but I couldn't tell you the first thing about the plot or characters. I think there might some guy named Pippin in it. I do remember Corner of the Sky, and bits of the opening number "We've got magic to do, just for you..." or whatever it was called, but that's about it.


haha...now that you rattle off some lyrics, I remember that line from the opening too, but again, I couldn't remember the rest of that song to save my life either... ;)

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