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​Dancing Through Life

This song is by Norbert Leo Butz and appears on the musical soundtrack Wicked (2003).

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Dancing Through Life
Fiyero
The trouble with schools is, they always try to teach the wrong lesson
Believe me, I've been kicked out of enough of them to know
They want you to become less callow, less shallow
But I say why invite stress in?
Stop studying strife, and learn to live "the unexamined life"...

Dancing through life, skimming the surface
Gliding where turf is smooth
Life's more painless for the brainless
Why think too hard? When it's so soothing...
Dancing through life, no need to tough it
When you can sluff it off as I do
Nothing matters, but knowing nothing matters
It's just life, so keep dancing through...

Dancing through life, swaying and sweeping
And always keeping cool
Life is fraught-less when you're thoughtless
Those who don't try never look foolish
Dancing through life, mindless and careless
Make sure you're where less trouble is rife
Woes are a-fleeting, blows are a-glancing
When you're dancing through life...

So, what's the most swankified place in town?

Galinda
That would be the Ozdust Ballroom.

Fiyero
Sounds perfect!

Let's go down to the Ozdust Ballroom
We'll meet there later tonight
We can dance 'til it lights
Find the prettiest girl, give her a whirl
Right on down to the Ozdust Ballroom
Come on, follow me
You'll be happy to be there...

Students
Dancing through life
Down at the Ozdust...

Fiyero
If only because dust is what we come to

Students
Nothing matters
But knowing nothing matters
It's just life...

Fiyero
So keep dancing through...

Boq
Miss Galinda? I—I hope you'll save at least one dance for me. I'll be right there waiting, all night.

Galinda
Oh, that's so kind. But you know what would be even kinder?

See that tragic'ly beautiful girl
The one in the chair...it seems so unfair
We should go on a spree, and not she
Gee, I know someone would be my hero
If that someone were to go invite her...

Boq
Well maybe, I could invite her?

Galinda
Oh, Bick, really?
You would do that for me?

Boq
I would do anything for you Miss Galinda.

Galinda
So...

Fiyero
So I'll be picking you up around eight?

Galinda
After all—

Now that we've met one another

Galinda & Fiyero
It's clear we deserve each other

Galinda
You're perfect...

Fiyero
You're perfect...

Galinda & Fiyero
So we're perfect together
Born to be forever...
Dancing through life...

Nessarose
Oh, Elphaba! Isn't it wonderful?

Fin'lly for this one night
I'm about to have a fun night
With this Munchkin boy Galinda found for me
And I only wish there were
Something I could do for her to repay her
Elphaba, see, we deserve each other
And Galinda helped it come true
We deserve each other, me and Boq—

Elphaba, please try to understand.

Elphaba
I do...

Galinda, listen: Nessa and I were talking about you just now.


Galinda
And I was just talking about you. I thought you might want to wear this hat to the party tonight!

It's really—uh—sharp, don't you think?
You know, black is this year's pink!
You deserve each other
This hat and you, you're both so smart
You deserve each other
So, here: out of the goodness of my heart

Boq
Listen, Nessa—

Nessarose
Yes?

Boq
Uh, Nessa
I've got something to confess, a
Reason why, well—
Why I asked you here tonight
Now, I know it isn't fair...

Nessarose
Oh, Boq. I know why.

Boq
You do?

Nessarose
It's because I'm in this chair
And you felt sorry for me
Well, isn't that right?

Boq
No! No! It's because...uh, because...

Because you are so beautiful

Nessarose
Oh, Boq!

I think you're wonderful!
And we deserve each other
Don't you see, this is our chance?
We deserve each other
Don't we, Boq?

Boq
You know what?

Let's dance!

Nessarose
What?

Boq
Let's dance!

Students
Dancing through life, down at the Ozdust
If only because dust is what we come to
And the strange thing, your life could up changing
While you're dancing through!

Written by:

Stephen Schwartz

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