Despite the fact that I love the number “Are You There” as it is in Bare: A Pop Opera, there are some lyrics in the Demo version that I think are even better. It seems that in the demo version the song is sung by Jason alone, which is very interesting.
They say god closes doors,
but opens windows when he does,
I look back through that window and remember how it was,
To have my hand upon that door,
To gently turn it’s knob,
I peeked my head inside that world,
I heard my mother sob.
This shows us so much more of Jason’s fear and pain.
I still can feel young Isaac’s fear,
As if I’d held the knife,
That slashed the heart that beat for boys,
Which I said was a crime,
He gave his plea on bended knee,
A young me in his prime.
While slightly muddled, I think religious imagery here is great.
I think this is arguable the most emotional version of the number.