Somewhere That’s Green

Just like in March, we were given an one word prompt, and this time around that word is GREEN. Pretty quickly, I thought of the song, Somewhere that’s Green”, from Little Shop of Horrors. I saw the musical back in 2017 when my university did the production. Despite not loving the show, there are still some songs I love—–one of which is “Somewhere That’s Green”.

I know Seymour’s the greatest 
But I’m dating a semi-sadist 
So I’ve got a black eye 
And my arm’s in a cast 

Still, that Seymour’s a cutie 
Well, if not, he’s got inner beauty 
And I dream of a place 
Where we could be together at last

A matchbox of our own 
A fence of real chain link, 
A grill out on the patio 
Disposal in the sink 

A washer and a dryer and an ironing machine 
In a tract house that we share 
Somewhere that’s green

He rakes and trims the grass 
He loves to mow and weed 
I cook like Betty Crocker
And I look like Donna Reed 

There’s plastic on the furniture 
To keep it neat and clean 
In the Pine-Sol scented air 
Somewhere that’s green 

Between our frozen dinner 
And our bedtime, nine-fifteen 
We snuggle watchin’ Lucy 
On our big, enormous twelve-inch screen 

I’m his December Bride 
He’s Father, he Knows Best 
Our kids play Howdy Doody 
As the sun sets in the west 
A picture out of Better Homes and Gardens magazine 

Far from Skid Row 
I dream we’ll go 
Somewhere that’s green

This is Audrey’s solo. Audrey is a young girl that loves Seymour, but currently in an abusive relationship with Orin. In the song, she expresses a life she dreams of- one she wants to have. This is only the full version of the song, as there is a reprise of the song later there (depending on whether you are watching the movie or stage show).

SPOILERS

I have only seen the stage show, and in this version there are four deaths caused by Audrey II (aka the name of the plant). Soon enough Audrey and Seymour end up together- after Orin gets eaten by the plant. Later on, after Seymour sees Audrey partway in the plant, he pulls her out but yet she is still mortally wounded—–this is when the reprise of “Somewhere that’s Green” happens”. At least, Audrey dies in the arms of Seymour—–I almost cried here. Seriously, there were times I really wanted to yell at the plant.

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