lyric mash up

Mr. Car Radio
the killers and twenty one pilots

I just can’t look its killing me
And taking control
Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on your alibis
But it’s just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
Cause I’m Mr Brightside // x

“Memory” Original lyrics

Did y’all know that Tim Rice submitted a set of lyrics for “Memory” when Cats was still being developed in London?

IIRC, “Memory” was written at the behest of Trevor Nunn really wanting a big, showstopping ballad for the show, leading ALW to compose the melody without any lyrics. They then contacted a host of lyricists to pen a potential lyric, among them Tim Rice, who initially balked but then agreed once Elaine Paige joined the show as Grizabella. Rice’s lyric is considerably darker than the final version used in the show, and goes as follows:

Street lights
And the darkness between them
Like the good and the bad sides
Of a life almost done.
Shake the memory
All my passions returning to me
None forgotten
No, not one.

One life
Is there only the one life
That we lose in the living
In an endless decline?
No complaining
For no one else has seen what I’ve seen
One existence
Only mine

Don’t look back no don’t look back
So hard to heed that warning
Such temptation but the past is past
And the night makes way for morning

Daylight
I won’t care if it finds me
With no breath in my body
With no beat in my heart
For I’m certain
That now I know what happiness is
Wish I’d known that
From the start

Touch me
Is there no one to touch me
It was easy to love me
In my glamorous past
As I leave you
A shadow of the light I once was
May my memory
Sleep at last

By the time Rice agreed to write the song, though, Nunn was already working on his own lyric, incorporating lines from various T.S. Elliot poems (most prominently “Rhapsody on a Windy Night”), and ended up choosing his own to use for the show. Allegedly, Elaine Paige far preferred Rice’s lyric.

How You Get Awards

You stand there like a queen, in a pretty dress (dress),

and the crowds go mad, your fans are all a mess (mess),

you say it’s been a long two years,

but you are just so glad that Grammy time is here.


And that’s how it works, that’s how you get awards.

And then we scream:


We love you for worse or for better,

We’ll be friends for ever and ever,

you’re the best, we celebrate together,

We love you for EVER AND EVER!

And that’s how it works, that’s how you slay awards, oh

And that’s how it works, that’s how you slay awards.


Remind us how it used to be (be),

Winning the awards for Best of Country (tree),

Then you changed your style but still were top,

Started winning the awards for the Best of Pop.


And that’s how it works, that’s how you get awards.

And then we scream:


We love you for worse or for better,

We’ll be friends for ever and ever,

you’re the best, we celebrate together,

We love you for EVER AND EVER!

And that’s how it works, that’s how you slay awards, oh

And that’s how it works, that’s how you slay awards.


And you-ou know-ow (oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh)

There’s plenty mo-ore to go (oh oh).

Remind you how it’s gonna be,

Pictures in frames of you with grammys,

Of you on TV.


And then we scream:


We love you for worse or for better,

We’ll be friends for ever and ever,

you’re the best, we celebrate together,

We love you for EVER AND EVER!

And that’s how it works, that’s how you slay awards, oh

And that’s how it works, that’s how you slay awards.