15 Unforgettable Stephen Sondheim Songs

In honor of Stephen Sondheim’s birthday, here are some of his greatest songs. But really, the list goes on forever.

1. “The Glamorous Life”

From: A Little Night Music (film version)
Performed by: Audra McDonald
Memorable lyrics: “Ordinary mother’s needn’t meet committees,
But ordinary mothers don’t get keys to cities.
No, ordinary mothers merely see their children all year,
Which is lovely, I hear.”

ID: 1007585

2. “Marry Me a Little”

From: Company
Performed by: Raúl Esparza
Memorable lyrics: “Marry me a little,
Do it with a will.
Make a few demands
I’m able to fulfill.
Want me more than others,
Not exclusively.
That’s the way it ought to be.”

ID: 1007591

3. “Not a Day Goes By”

From: Merrily We Roll Along
Performed by: Bernadette Peters
Memorable lyrics: “As the days go by,
I keep thinking, ‘When does it end?
Where’s the day I’ll have started forgetting?’
But I just go on
Thinking and sweating
And cursing and crying
And turning and reaching
And waking and dying”

ID: 1007617

4. “More”

From: Dick Tracy
Performed by: Madonna
Memorable lyrics: “Count your blessings, one, two, three
I just hate keeping score
Any number is fine with me as long as it’s more
As long as it’s more”

ID: 1007602

5. “Moments in the Woods”

From: Into the Woods
Performed by: Joanna Gleason
Memorable lyrics: “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.”

ID: 1007728

6. “The Miller’s Son”

From: A Little Night Music
Performed by: Sara Ramirez
Memorable lyrics: “It’s a very short road
From the pinch and the punch
To the paunch and the pouch
And the pension.
It’s a very short road
To the ten thousandth lunch
And the belch and the grouch
And the sigh.”

ID: 1007608

7. “Move On”

From: Sunday in the Park With George
Performed by: Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters
Memorable lyrics: “Look at what you want,
Not at where you are,
Not at what you’ll be—
Look at all the things you’ve done for me”

ID: 1007768

8. “Not While I’m Around”

From: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Performed by: Neil Patrick Harris
Memorable lyrics: “Being close and being clever
Ain’t like being true
I don’t need to,
I would never hide a thing from you,
Like some…”

ID: 1007688

9. “Losing My Mind”

From: Follies
Performed by: Donna Murphy
Memorable lyrics: “The morning ends,
I think about you.
I talk to friends,
I think about you.
And do they know?
It’s like I’m losing my mind.”

ID: 1007621

10. “A Little Priest”

From: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Performed by: Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou
Memorable lyrics: “It’s fop.
Finest in the shop.
And we have some shepherd’s pie peppered
With actual shepherd on top!
And I’ve just begun—
Here’s the politician, so oily
It’s served with a doily,
Have one!”

ID: 1007755

11. “On the Steps of the Palace”

From: Into the Woods
Performed by: Kim Crosby
Memorable lyrics: “But then what if he knew
Who you were when you know
That you’re not what he thinks
That he wants?”

ID: 1007711

12. “Unworthy of Your Love”

From: Originally Assassins, here in the Sondheim revue Putting it Together
Performed by: John Barrowman and Ruthie Henshall
Memorable lyrics: “Let me feel fire,
Let me drink poison,
Tell me to tear my heart in two,
If that’s what you want me to do…”

ID: 1007783

13. “Rose’s Turn”

From: Gypsy
Performed by: Bette Midler
Memorable lyrics: “Well, someone tell me, when is it my turn?
Don’t I get a dream for myself?
Starting now it’s gonna be my turn.
Gangway, world, get off of my runway!
Starting now I bat a thousand!
This time, boys, I’m taking the bows and
Everything’s coming up Rose!”

ID: 1007795

14. “Getting Married Today”

From: Company
Performed by: Madeline Kahn
Memorable lyrics: “Listen everybody, I’m afraid you didn’t hear, or do you want to
see a crazy lady fall apart in front of you, it isn’t only Paul
who may be ruining his life, you know we’ll both of us be losing
our identities, I telephoned my analyst about it and he said to
see him Monday, but by Monday I’ll be floating in the Hudson with
the other garbage—”

ID: 1007676

15. “The Ladies Who Lunch”

From: Company
Performed by: Elaine Stritch
Memorable lyrics: “And here’s to the girls who play wife—
Aren’t they too much?
Keeping house but clutching
A copy of LIFE,
Just to keep in touch.”

ID: 1007732

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