I have been changed for good
Sometimes people call this song from the hit Broadway musical Wicked "Because I Knew You" or "Changed For Good."
BECAUSE I KNEW YOU...
Lyrics -Wicked "For Good"
by Stephen Schwartz (copyrighted)
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[She gives Glinda the Grimmerie. Glinda: "Elphie, you know I can't read this. Elphaba: Well, then--you'll have to learn.]
Because now it's up to you
[spoken - You're the only friend I've ever had.
LIKE A COMET PULLED FROM ORBIT
LIKE A STREAM THAT MEETS A BOULDER
LIKE A SHIP BLOWN FROM ITS MOORING
[They sing simultaneously]
LIKE A COMET PULLED FROM
LIKE A SHIP BLOWN OFF ITS
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Behind-the-scenes story aboutWicked "For Good"
In the Stephen Schwartz biography Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked, you will find the full story of "For Good," including photographs of Schwartz's daughter Jessica and her friend Sarah who inspired the song's lyrics, many photos from Wicked, and 150 pages of behind-the-scenes stories on the making of the musical. Autographed copies signed by Stephen Schwartz are available. Defying Gravity - READ MORE ABOUT IT and where to get it.
Stephen Schwartz considers "For Good" from Wicked one of the best songs he's written. Here's what Schwartz says about "For Good":
"The song 'For Good' was, of course, written for the show to try to express the leading characters' feelings as they are seeing each other for the last time. The title came out of a brainstorming conversation I had with Winnie Holzman (the book writer) -- basically at one point she said it should be about how the two of them had changed each other 'for good', at which point, hearing the amazing possibilities in that phrase, I knew I had found the title for the song.
"To get some of the content, I had a long conversation with my daughter, in which I asked her what she would say to her best friend (someone she has known pretty much all her life), if she knew she was never going to see her again. A lot of what Jessie said got transformed into the first verse of the song. Other than that, it was simply trying to put myself into the hearts and minds of the characters and see what they said."Wicked "For Good" sheet music
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Recordings of "For Good" fromWicked
To celebrate the fifth Broadway anniversary of the hit Broadway musical Wicked, Decca Broadway released a two-CD recording Oct. 28. This CD includes two versions of "For Good" - one from the cast album with Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel; another bonus track pop duet version by stars LeAnn Rimes and Delta Goodrem BUY Wicked: 5th Anniversary Special Edition
Wicked Original Broadway Cast album: Wicked musical - Amazon.com $13.49 (List price $18.98). Hear Wicked song clips. Sung by Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel.
Enjoy "For Good" with acoustic guitar, folksong Style, sung by Rachel Bay Jones. Hear the song on Rachel Bay Jones - Showfolk
Wicked Composer Stephen Schwartz sings "For Good"
If I Sing: The Songwriters Album This fascinating new album features famous songwriters singing their own. Stephen Schwartz sings "For Good," from Wicked, Lucy Simon sings "How Could I Ever Know?" from the Broadway musical Secret Garden, etc.
Inspired (Standards - Good For The Soul) Mary Haskell sings "For Good" from Wicked.
"For Good" NEW: WICKED'S COMPOSER-LYRICIST SINGS "FOR GOOD": In Good Company 17 tracks of duets by Lee Lessack and his friends, including he and Stephen Schwartz singing "For Good."
Testimonial comments about the influence of "For Good" fromWicked
Susan F. of Dallas, TX:
I, as a single parent, raised my daughter alone from the age of 5. She is now in her 30s and because we are very different from each other, we continue to learn so much from each other. As we heard "For Good" in Wicked live at the Dallas Music Hall in Fair Park, on the opening note I grabbed her hand and as we glanced at each other with tears welling in our eyes, we knew this was to be "our song" forever. I have been changed for good.
From Barbie of Michigan:
I love Wicked so much, and I'm sure that you get that in all of your emails. I had the glorious opportunity to see it in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre. It was fantastic. I have such a love for these songs. "For Good" especially has touched me deeply, because my best friend and I sang that duet for our baccalaureate this past June when we graduated from High School. It really means a lot to me, because the lyrics are so close to my heart. You truly have a masterpiece here. This one is going to be a favorite of my family for as long as I can make it.
Paula B of Madison, WI:
I just recently have falling in love with the music in the show. I have been a fan of Mr Schwartz since Godspell. This is his best by far. My favorite's are No One Mourns the Wicked, What is This Feeling, Defying Gravity and For Good. The last 2 bring tears to my eye's, the interaction between Idina Menzel & Kristen Chenoweth is so powerful. I've been walking around for days, just in awe, of the scope and sheer beauty of the music and the story.
Krystal of Mesa, AZ
I just have to say that Wicked's "For Good" is so powerful and touching every time I hear it or even think about it. Two of my best friends sang this song for our baccalaureate when we graduated from Mesa High School in 2004 and I have loved it ever since. It sums up everything that I feel for all of my family and friends. I do believe that people come into our lives for a reason, and every time we interact, our lives are changed forever.
Deborah M. Redlands, CA
I recently attended the L.A. performance of Wicked in April 2007 at the Pantages. When the song 'For Good' was performed, I was reminded particularly of my two dear parents who died within 5 months of each other last year. For many years I considered my mother to be my best friend, but as she wandered into the mist of Alzheimers and as my dad cared for her, our relationship changed. Even though my siblings and I came to have "parental" roles toward our parents, their influence was strong in my life and the beautiful lyrics of this song expressed that so well. I wish I could have expressed as poignantly what they meant to me before they passed away.
From Mindy of Pittsburgh, PA:
I played for a memorial service yesterday for my friend/co-worker's 22-year-old daughter, Danielle. 'Dannie' loved to sing and had been involved in several performance groups during her high school and college years. Some young adults who had sung with her during high school came and sang for the memorial service. One of the songs they sang was "For Good." It was perhaps the most touching moment of the entire service. No doubt it was very difficult for Dannie's friends to get through the song without choking up, but I'm sure they felt compelled to sing out of love for their friend. This was the first time I had ever heard "For Good," and it was perfect for the occasion. It was a beautiful tribute to a young woman who will be dearly missed.
From Robert, Brisbane, Australia
A couple of years ago, I fell deeply in love with someone who was able to help me deal with some things from my past, and gave me new tools to deal with the present / future. The great thing was that I was able to do exactly the same for her. We'd both found someone who proved that the type of relationship we'd hoped for (and been told doesn't exist) is possible. She'd often said that we'd been brought together for a reason and about 6 months later, soon after discussing marriage, she realised that she didn't need/want me anymore. Its taken me a long time to work through the rejection and my forgiveness with her. This song so perfectly captures the sentiment of our journey. By recognising the pain, and sanctifying it with forgiveness and recognition of the value of the past relations, I can release us both to move forward to new futures - having been changed for good (and the better).
From Leslie of Thousand Oaks, CA and regarding her friend Cassie of Simi Valley:
I just saw Wicked with my best friend the other night [in Los Angeles]. We are both special education teachers and have been friends for about 10 years. We can not begin to tell you how much this musical meant to us. We laughed and we cried through out the entire play. As best friends it meant so much to us. We call each other all the time while we play the sound track behind us. We keep playing "For Good" over and over. When this song was being performed we held hands and we both felt the power of our forever friendship. The kind of friendship that because we have known each other we are changed for good.
From Dana W. of New Orleans:
That song reminds of a great friend who came into my life when I really needed one, and that I feel like she has changed my life for good. She adds so much to my life and that song--everytime I hear it I think of her and tears roll down my face. In fact I am going to see Wicked with her (the second time for me; first for her) and she knows how much I love it. So I can not wait to go with her. She is my angel!
From Robyn R. of Las Vegas, NV
My family just celebrated my Mom's 70th Birthday this past weekend. My sisters asked me if I could prepare a writing or a poem for her but when I heard "For Good" I knew that was it!! How could I compare to the powerful meaning and words this song holds. I asked my daughter to create a DVD of family and friends to this song and without very little editing all the pictures just fell into place. It brought tears and goosebumps to all that watched it and listened to the words.
Does "For Good" sum up the particular relationship of Elphaba and Glinda as well as transcend it?
From Gregory Maguire, Wicked novelist, about Wicked the musical song "For Good": "The first time I heard Kristin and Idina sing 'For Good' at a sing-through performance in New York City, I was amazed at how much feeling they could put into their voices in the first verse--but then we got to the bridge, and I heard where the singers had been heading "And just to clear the air / I ask forgiveness. .." For a story and a score that provides such canny humor and slyness to be willing--and able--to state such bald human emotions without shame or prevarication--well, it is a deeply successful moment in the score, I think, and if the song had sidestepped the direct voice right there, the entire production would have been weakened."
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‘They changed my ending, I felt aghast’: how we made Wicked | TheatreGregory Maguire, writer of the novel
I’d played with the story of The Wizard of Oz since my childhood in the US when I would arrange theatrical events in our back yard. I was the impresario. My brothers, sisters and friends were assigned roles and we’d have The Wicked Witch of the West fall in love with Captain Hook.
When I moved to London in the early 1990s, I was rather lonely and isolated. Then the terrible murder of James Bulger happened and it was discovered that children had killed him. Everyone was asking: how could those boys be so villainous? Were they born evil or were there circumstances that pushed them towards behaving like that? It propelled me back to the question of evil that bedevils anybody raised Catholic.
No one says how The Wicked Witch of the West became as she was. She’s just bad. I decided to tell her life as if Dickens was doing it. My novel would start with her birth, end with her death and have a 19th-century moral urgency. Within the first couple of days I got her name. I wanted to pay homage to The Wizard of Oz novelist L Frank Baum: LFB – Elphaba! It’s clean and simple, but not pretty, and with connotations of otherworldliness. Even though I didn’t anticipate that Wicked would become a musical, I thought Elphaba had to be able to sing in the novel. When writing, I cast the characters in my head so I could picture them: for Elphaba I cast kd lang.‘Universal wanted in’ … Gregory Maguire.
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The calls from Hollywood came within a week of publication. Whoopi Goldberg called, Demi Moore called. Universal developed it as a film for a while but weren’t getting satisfactory scripts. This was before The Lord of the Rings, before Harry Potter. The studio was scared about paying $100m to make a fantasy movie with no big male roles.
Then composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz met Universal executive Marc Platt and said the reason you’re not getting a good script for this is because everyone knows that people in Oz sing. A straight film is not going to hit the heart like a musical does. Bankrolling a Broadway play is also a lot cheaper than a big movie – and all the film studios were watching Disney mint money on the stage with The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. Universal wanted in.
Stephen understood what the book is about: identifying with someone who was ostracised. He said the first number would be called No One Mourns the Wicked. With those words, he sold the project to me. He knew I had not written Wicked to be a parody of The Wizard of Oz but that I wanted to honour and unpack that story instead. The biggest change they made was to my ending. I felt a little aghast but came around to it because the messages remain the same: time is short, cherish who you love, and what you do matters.Idina Menzel, played Elphaba
When we first tried out Elphaba’s green makeup, I went to show the rest of the cast and everyone was gawking at me – all of a sudden I felt isolated, which was helpful for her characterisation. Originally, the makeup was an airbrush spray, but that would have been kind of toxic for eight shows a week so we chose a different product and used brushes. The ritual of putting on my makeup became meditative, something soothing before going on.‘I could relate to Elphaba’s anti-social behaviour’ … Menzel as Elphaba with Helen Dallimore as Glinda. Photograph: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian
Women can be trepidatious about leaning into our full power and rage. We are taught to repress it. Elphaba has all of that inside her and is trying to navigate her pain. I can be very sensitive and afraid of my own anger, afraid of expressing myself for fear of pushing people away. I could relate to Elphaba’s antisocial behaviour and to her being reclusive. As much as I’m a performer and I work in the spotlight, there’s another side to me that is quieter and likes to be wrapped up at home.
It’s thrilling to create a brand new musical and awe-inspiring to see what the creative people do to make a show come to life. The flying was exciting but also scary, complex and distracting to my singing. Doing the show in London, after Broadway, was wonderful. I’d dreamed my whole life of being in a West End play and I was able to feel more relaxed because I’d done it in New York and knew how it affected people. Also, I knew I probably wasn’t going to get fired!
Everyone had said British audiences would be more reserved but it was the total opposite – a love fest. The Brits and Aussies in the cast were very adept at learning how to perform at a high level but also enjoy themselves after the show. They were very good at educating me on how to do that. I think I was a little high strung in New York.
I never tire of the number Defying Gravity and get to revisit it when I perform my own show around the world. Singing that song, I step back into the shoes of that character but also see where I am at. What am I going through, how do I still need to empower myself? I once performed it at the White House in front of President Obama, the first lady and their daughters. They were within spitting distance – I might even have actually spat on them. It takes a lot of air and breath and saliva to get those notes out.
Wicked is at the Apollo Victoria theatre, London.
I have changed forever
NOTES FROM MY TRAVELS:
© 2003 by Angelina Jolie. The edition is published by arrangement with Gallery Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster Inc.
© Kruze M.A., translation into Russian, 2018
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UNHCR (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - - ed. note ) to the people they care about: 1 staff member per 3,582 refugees. This book is dedicated to them - their hard work and, above all, their selflessness and deep respect for others.
I also dedicate this book to the men, women and children who are or once were refugees: those who survived against all odds and those who died fighting for their freedom.
These people have given me the biggest lesson in life, and for that I will always be grateful to them.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR. – ed. for persecution or war. Over the past five decades, UNHCR has helped some fifty million men, women and children find safety and start over.
Our tasks are ambitious, and we would not have been able to accomplish them without the selfless support of caring people from all over the world. One of the Goodwill Ambassadors for Refugees is Angelina Jolie.
On 27 August 2001, I appointed Angelina Jolie as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. For some time prior, she had shown a deep interest in refugee issues and had visited refugee camps in places such as Sierra Leone, Cambodia and Pakistan.
In 2002 and 2003 Angelina visited refugees in Namibia, Thailand, Ecuador, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Kosovo and Ingushetia and worked closely with UNHCR field staff. Her impressions are reflected in these vivid and touching personal diaries. In subsequent years, she will continue to visit refugees on the ground.
Since becoming a Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina has more than met my expectations. She has proven to be an excellent colleague and close partner in our efforts to find solutions for refugees around the world. In addition, she helped to feel the tragedy of refugees to everyone who hears about it. Angelina's commitment to helping refugees, her personal generosity and genuine compassion inspire us all.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
I was asked to write a foreword to my diaries and explain how they came about, why my life took this direction, and why I decided to do it.
I'm trying to find answers, but I know one thing for sure: I've changed forever. I am very grateful that my life went this way, that I met amazing people and gained this incredible experience.
I sincerely believe that if we all showed awareness, then each of us would begin to act.
So the question is not why or why I do this. The question is: how could I not do this?
I stayed up many nights, sitting and reading stories and data about national and international tragedies.
I read about UNHCR:
• Today, more than twenty million people are refugees.
• One sixth of the world's population lives on less than one dollar a day.
• 1.1 billion people need safe drinking water.
• One third of the world has no electricity.
• More than 100 million children are out of school.
• One in six children in Africa dies before reaching the age of five.
I read about various humanitarian organizations. I read about Sierra Leone when I was in England. When I returned to the US, it was difficult for me to follow the developments, so I called the US office of the UNHCR and asked if they could help me understand that situation and similar situations around the world. Three weeks later I was in Sierra Leone.
I don't know how this book will turn out and what the reader's opinion will be. I am not a writer. These are just my diaries. It's just a view of a world that I'm just beginning to understand, a world that I can never put into words.
Mission to Africa
From February 22 to March 9, 2001, my task was to meet and help refugees in Sierra Leone and Tanzania under the care of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Tuesday, February 20
I am flying to Africa. The flight is delayed at the Paris airport for two hours and then continues to Abidjan in Ivory Coast (Ivory Coast).
This is the beginning of my journey and this diary. I don't know for whom I write: I think, for myself or for everyone. I am not writing for the person who will be able to read these pages, but for the people about whom I will be writing.
I sincerely want to help. I don't believe that I'm different from other people. I think we all want justice and equality. We all want to be able to live life with meaning. Each of us would like to believe that if we find ourselves in a difficult situation, someone will help.
I don't know what I can achieve on this trip. All I know is that as I learn more and more every day about the world and about other countries, as well as my own, I realize that there was a lot I didn't know.
I did a lot of research and talked to different people in Washington, DC, at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. I read as much as possible. I learned data that shocked me and stories that broke my heart. I read a lot that made me feel bad physically. I had nightmares - not often, but they scared me.
I don't understand why some things are talked about and others not.
I don't know if I can influence it in any way. I only know that I want to do it.
I wasn't sure if I should go. I'm still not sure, but (I know this may sound fake to some) I thought about people who have no choice.
I don't know for whom I am writing: I think for myself or for everyone. I am not writing for the person who will be able to read these pages, but for the people about whom I will be writing.
Some of my friends thought it was crazy that I wanted to leave my warm and safe home. They asked, “Why can't you help them from here? Why do you need to see it with your own eyes?” I didn't know how to answer them. And I'm not sure I'm not crazy or stupid.
Dad tried to talk me out of going. He called the American branch of the UNHCR, but since I am an adult, he could not stop me. I was angry with him, but said that I knew that he loved me and how my father tried to save me from trouble. We hugged and smiled at each other.
Mom looked at me as if I were a child. She smiled at me, though her eyes were full of tears. She was worried. She hugged me goodbye and gave me a message from my brother Jamie. “Tell Angie I love her. And let her remember that if she is frightened, upset or angry, she must look at the night sky, find the second star on the right and follow her until the morning. It's from Peter Pan, one of our favorite books.
I think of the people I read so much about, how they were cut off from their families. They don't have a home. They see the ones they love die. They themselves die. And they have no choice.
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What are your problems? Can't you buy some trinket or go on vacation to the islands?
- daily 800 million people go to bed hungry.
- there are more than twenty million refugees in the world today;
- one sixth of the world's population lives on less than one dollar a day;
- 1.1 billion people do not have permanent access to clean drinking water;
- a third of the world's population does not have electricity;
- more than a hundred million children are unable to go to school;
- One in six children in Africa dies before the age of 5.
- Every 22 minutes, one person is killed or injured by anti-personnel mines worldwide.
In her book "My Travel Records", although it is not a book, but rather a diary, Angelina Jolie tries to convey what she saw with her own eyes. The work talks about the terrible consequences of the war, about refugees, about the conditions in which people live, or rather about the absence of conditions, about what charitable organizations do, how they help and how people who work there risk their lives.
Such books change the outlook.
At the beginning of the UN charter it says: "We are the people. "
December 24, 2009
Rated the book
. Jolie has visited places such as Cambodia, Pakistan, Ecuador, Thailand, Tanzania, Sri Lanka and many others. Such a fragile woman and such great willpower and character! This book tells even more about her, her exploits and aspirations. She has changed forever and changes forever the people who read this biography.
April 16, 2020
Rated the book
On the one hand, the book is interesting. A lot of information, quite detailed about hunger, torture, about individuals. A lot of stories. Detailed statistics. Angelina is not shy or afraid to throw stones at America. He does not hide the fact that there were threats. Those. not only in our country they threaten) On the other hand, the most terrible language. It is clear that this is a diary, notes, etc., but either the translation is bad, or Jolie herself describes everything this way. The book, though thin, is read painfully boring and boring. And what is most surprising, and this is her main disadvantage - she manages to describe some stories in such a way that they do not touch at all. Those. you understand that hell is being described, but Jolie did not choose such words so that the reader's hair would move on her head and tears would flow in a stream. And in such a topic - it is possible and even necessary for the book to be remembered
April 27, 2012
Evaluated the book
Angelina Jolie's diaries have an ambivalent impression. On the one hand, what she is doing is right and noble, and great personal courage is needed to travel through all these poorest countries that are in the throes of civil war and devastation. The problems of refugees, wars, the selfless struggle of a handful of UN employees and other NGOs deserve all kinds of support and help, but the way it is presented in the book is kindergarten and complete naivete. Baby babbling. Of course, I understand that a beautiful woman may not have a lot of brains or be emotionally unstable, but this is a whole Ambassador ...
November 23, 2010
Evaluated the book
The start was promising. The introductory word to the book was written by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Rued Lubbers, he enthusiastically and gratefully wrote about the help and support provided by Angelina, and about her personal qualities, which make her "an inspiration for all of us" ...
And everything would be nothing, but then Angelina herself took up the pen. After 2-3 pages, I thought that something was not right here. By the 5-6th my thoughts were something like this: "????". And finally, by page 15, I managed to solve the mystery of Jolie's notes: it turned out that the author of these notes is simply not a very smart person.
Yes, yes, I know that if she was a stupid woman, she would never have achieved all that blah blah blah. But let's be honest, the notes look like they were written by a child.
Otherwise, her diary is, of course, a very valuable thing. Thanks to Angelina, all of America (and not only America) learned about what is really happening in the Third World, about what exactly help is needed, what each of us can do. Jolie is a good person. But in general, her notes are a simple cocktail of what people call "salts", from naive babble and children's enthusiasm for any occasion and (and this is the most noticeable component) from the obvious (Obvious to us. Here. After reading something like this lying on the surface, you wait for something more substantial to follow, something revealed to the Ambassador of Goodwill during the mission. But no, they waited in vain. This continues the reasoning in the spirit: "Today I had a bad dream. Not quite bad, but bad enough to call it a "nightmare"").
What else can I say. When Angelina Jolie made the described trips around the world, she was 25-26 years old.