Sunrise/Sunset

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Jim Adams’ lyrical challenge this week is to write about a song with contrasts. On the heels of last week’s challenge to write about a musical, I have gone with the contrast between sunrise and sunset from the show – Fiddler on the Roof.

The song is the musing of family members (primarily the father and mother) of the passing of time, on the occasion of a daughter’s wedding.  Set in 1905 in Russia, it captures Jewish culture of that time and place.  The musical’s music is by Jerry Bock, and the lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.  It opened on Broadway in 1964, and was released as a film in 1971.

Lyrics:

Is this the little girl I carried

Is this the little boy at play?

I don’t remember growing older

When did they?

When did she get to be a beauty

When did he grow to be so tall?

Wasn’t it yesterday when they were small?

Sunrise, sunset

Sunrise, sunset

Swiftly flow the days

Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers

Blossoming even as we gaze

Sunrise, sunset

Sunrise, sunset

Swiftly fly the years

One season following another

Laiden with happiness and tears

What words of wisdom can I give them

How can I help to ease their way?

Now they must learn from one another

Day by day

They look so natural together

Just like two newlyweds should be

Is there a canopy in store for me?

Sunrise, sunset

Sunrise, sunset

Swiftly fly the years

One season following another

Laiden with happiness and tears

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Jerry Bock / Sheldon Harnick

Sunrise, Sunset lyrics © Jerry Bock Enterprises, Times Square Music Publications Company, Trio Music Co., Inc.


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