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What Is This Feeling?

This song is by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth and appears on the musical soundtrack Wicked (2003).

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What Is This Feeling?
Galinda
Dearest, darling-est Momsie and Popsicle...
Elphaba
My dear Father...

Both
There's been some confusion over rooming here at Shiz...
Elphaba
But, of course, I'll care for Nessa...
Galinda
But, of course, I'll rise above it...
Both
For I know that's how you'd want me to respond
Yes, there's been some confusion for you see my roommate is...
Galinda
Unusually and exceedingly peculiar and altogether quite impossible to describe
Elphaba
Blonde

Galinda
What is this feeling so sudden and new?
Elphaba
I felt the moment I laid eyes on you
Galinda
My pulse is rushing
Elphaba
My head is reeling
Galinda
My face is flushing
Both
What is this feeling?

Fervid as a flame
Does it have a name?
Yes!
Loathing
Unadulterated loathing
Galinda
For your face
Elphaba
Your voice
Galinda
Your clothing

Both
Let's just say....I loathe it all!
Ev'ry little trait, however small
Makes my very flesh begin to crawl
With simple utter loathing
There's a strange exhilaration
In such total detestation
It's so pure, so strong!

Though I do admit it came on fast
Still, I do believe that it can last
And I will be loathing, loathing you
My whole life long!

Students
Dear Galinda, you are just too good!
How do you stand it? I don't think I could!
She's a terror, she's a tartar
We don't mean to show a bias
But Galinda you're a martyr!

Galinda
Well...these things are sent to try us!

Students
Poor Galinda, forced to reside
With someone so disgusticified
We just want to tell you
We're all on your side!
We share your...

Galinda & Elphaba with Students
(Loathing)
What is this feeling so sudden and new? (Unadulterated loathing)
I felt the moment I laid eyes on you (For her face, her voice, her clothing)
My pulse is rushing (Let's just say)
My head is reeling (We loathe it all!)
Oh, what is this feeling? (Ev'ry little trait, however small)
Does it have a name? (Makes our very flesh begin to crawl)
Yes, ah...

Loathing! (Loathing!)
There's a strange exhilaration (Loathing!)
In such total detestation (Loathing!)
It's so pure, so strong! (So strong)

Though I do admit it came on fast
Still, I do believe that it can last
And I will be loathing, for forever (Loathing...)
Loathing, truly, deeply (Loathing...)
Loathing you (Loathing you...)
My whole life long!
(Loathing, unadulterated loathing)

Elphaba
Boo!
Galinda
Ahh!

Written by:

Stephen Schwartz

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