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    "Green Finch And Linnet Bird" Lyrics

    Mandy Patinkin

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    Green finch and linnet bird, nightingale, blackbird
    How is it you sing?
    How can you jubilate, singing in cages
    Never taking wing?

    Outside, the sky waits, beckoning, beckoning
    Just beyond the bars
    How can you remain , staring at the rain
    Maddened by the stars?

    How is it you sing anything?
    How is it you sing?
    Green finch and linnet bird, nightingale, blackbird
    How is it you sing?

    Whence comes this melody, constantly flowing?
    Is it rejoicing or merely hallowing?
    Are you discussing or fussing
    Or simply dreaming?

    Are you crowing? Are you screaming?
    Ringdove and robinet, is it for wages?
    Singing to be sold?
    Have you decided, it's safer in cages
    Singing when you're told?

    My cage has many rooms, damask and dark
    Nothing there sings, not even a lark
    Larks never will, you know, when they're captive
    Teach me to be more adaptive, ah

    Green finch, and linnet bird, nightingale, blackbird
    Teach me how to sing
    If I cannot fly
    Let me sing
    This song was submitted on September 5th, 2011 and last modified on November 24th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Warner/chappell Music, Inc..
    Written by Stephen Sondheim.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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