The last song performed during the last concert of their Farewell to the World concert at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, on November 24, 1996.
“There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There’s a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you’ll never see the end of the road
While you’re traveling with me
Hey now, Hey now
Don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, Hey now
When the world comes in
They come, They come
To build a wall between us
We know they won’t win”
“But if you never try, you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth.”
Sometimes, laughter can be a truly beautiful thing.
This Late, Late Show abridgement of Romeo and Juliet, featuring Emily Blunt and James Corden as the titular teens, offers a decidedly modern, decidedly irreverent, and decidedly comic take on the traditionally tragic tale of star-crossed lovers.
Some performances are transcendent – and even if you don’t like the song (or the way she chose to interpret it) – this still is one of them.
It would have been easy – and understandable – for Manchester or Ms. Grande – to have pulled the plug on this event after what happened in London yesterday. It would have been easy – and understandable – for the other performers to have pulled out of the show. It would have been easy – and understandable – for the fans (and the people of Manchester) to have stayed away and left the venue empty.
It would have been easy, but it never would have been a moment as beautiful as this.
“By the way there, Mr. Tin Man,
If you don’t mind the scars,
You give me your armor,
And you can have my heart.”
“Come on and come to me now,
And don’t be ashamed to cry,
Let me see you through,
’cause I’ve seen the dark side too.
When the night falls on you,
You don’t know what to do,
Nothing you confess
Could make me love you less.”
It’s rare that I want to watch a commercial once, much less share it with anyone else. These two, produced and aired more than three decades apart, are both exceptions to that rule.