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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.

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1. "The Glamorous Life"

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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."

2. "Marry Me a Little"

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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."

3. "Not a Day Goes By"

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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"

4. "More"

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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"

5. "Moments in the Woods"

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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."

6. "The Miller's Son"

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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."

7. "Move On"

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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"

8. "Not While I'm Around"

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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..."

9. "Losing My Mind"

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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."

10. "A Little Priest"

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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!"

11. "On the Steps of the Palace"

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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?"

12. "Unworthy of Your Love"

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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..."

13. "Rose's Turn"

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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!"

14. "Getting Married Today"

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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—"

15. "The Ladies Who Lunch"

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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."

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