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Corner of the Sky Recordings

Skywriter, the Jackson 5, including "My Corner of the Sky"From Skywriter: Michael Jackson and Jackson 5. Here it on the remastered cast album

Original Broadway Cast Recording, UNI/Motown, 1972 REMASTERED in 2000! Buy Pippin (1972 Original Broadway Cast) [new browser window]

Pippin Karaoke Backing Tracks

Just Tracks - MP3 Just Tracks: Pippin - Pocketsongs

Recording: Pippin Karaoke The price is lower on this one and it includes both vocal track and instrumental, so you can practice with the vocal first. Note, though, that the orchestration is less like the original cast album than the Pocket Songs version

"Corner of the Sky"

The Broadway Box- 80 Songs From 51 Shows [new browser window] Here's a 5-CDG box set that contains 80 classic songs. Includes songs from Pippin and Godspell - 51 top shows in all.

Corner of the Sky Sheet Music

"Corner of the Sky" - Downloadable digital sheet music

   
Corner of the Sky Two Part Arr Cacavas (6-PACK) By Steven Schwartz. Edited by Bob Dingley. Arranged by John Cacavas. Educational choral octavo (SA). 8 pages. Published by Warner Brothers. (OCT02287) 6-PACK includes six original copies of this piece.
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Corner Of The Sky - 2 Part (6-PACK) By Stephen Schwartz. Edited by Teena Chinn. Arranged by Teena Chinn. Pop choral octavo (2-part). Level: moderate. Published by Warner Brothers. (CHM02060) 6-PACK includes six original copies of this piece.
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Corner Of The Sky - 3 Part Mixed (6-PACK) By Stephen Schwartz. Edited by Teena Chinn. Arranged by Teena Chinn. Pop choral octavo (SAB). Level: moderate. Published by Warner Brothers. (CHM02059) 6-PACK includes six original copies of this piece.
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Corner Of The Sky 2pt Cd By Stephen Schwartz. Edited by Teena Chinn. Arranged by Teena Chinn. Choral accompaniment recording (Accompaniment CD). Level: moderate. Published by Warner Brothers. (CDM02060)
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Corner Of The Sky By Stephen Schwartz. Edited by Teena Chinn. Arranged by Teena Chinn. Choral accompaniment recording (Accompaniment CD). Level: moderate. Published by Warner Brothers. (CDM02058)
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Corner of the Sky (6-PACK) By Schwartz. Edited by Bob Dingley. Arranged by John Leavitt. Educational choral octavo (SATB). 12 pages. Published by Warner Brothers. (SV9045) 6-PACK includes six original copies of this piece.
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The Stephen Schwartz Songbook with songs from Pippin as Stephen plays them. Includes "Corner of the Sky," "Love Song," "Morning Glow," "No Time at All," "With You" and a revised lyric from "Extraordinary".pippin score

Amazon.com: Pippin : Vocal Selections [new browser window] Pippin - Vocal Selections, Pippin (Score), Corner of the Sky (Easy Play Piano), Corner of the Sky (Lead Sheet), Kind of Woman (Katherine), Love Song, Magic To Do, Magic To Do (Easy Play Piano), Morning Glow, Finale from "Pippin", Guess I'll Miss the Man, No Time At All, Simple Joys, Spread a Little Sunshine.

Corner of the Sky Lyrics

EVERYTHING HAS ITS SEASON
EVERYTHING HAS ITS TIME
SHOW ME A REASON AND I'LL SOON SHOW YOU A RHYME
CATS FIT ON THE WINDOWSILL
CHILDREN FIT IN THE SNOW
WHY DO I FEEL I DON'T FIT IN ANYWHERE I GO?

RIVERS BELONG WHERE THEY CAN RAMBLE
EAGLES BELONG WHERE THEY CAN FLY
I'VE GOT TO BE WHERE MY SPIRITS CAN RUN FREE
GOT TO FIND MY CORNER OF THE SKY

EVERY MAN HAS HIS DAYDREAMS
EVERY MAN HAS HIS GOALS
PEOPLE LIKE THE WAY DREAMS HAVE OF STICKING TO THE SOUL
THUNDERCLOUDS HAVE THEIR LIGHTNING
NIGHTINGALES HAVE THEIR SONG
AND DON'T YOU SEE I WANT MY LIFE TO BE SOMETHING MORE THAN LONG

RIVERS BELONG WHERE THEY CAN RAMBLE
EAGLES BELONG WHERE THEY CAN FLY
I'VE GOT TO BE WHERE MY SPIRITS CAN RUN FREE
GOT TO FIND MY CORNER OF THE SKY

SO MANY MEN SEEM DESTINED
TO SETTLE FOR SOMETHING SMALL
BUT I WON'T REST UNTIL I KNOW I'LL HAVE IT ALL
SO DON'T ASK WHERE I'M GOING
JUST LISTEN WHEN I'M GONE
AND FAR AWAY YOU'LL HEAR ME SINGING SOFTLY TO THE DAWN:

RIVERS BELONG WHERE THEY CAN RAMBLE
EAGLES BELONG WHERE THEY CAN FLY
I'VE GOT TO BE WHERE MY SPIRITS CAN RUN FREE
GOT TO FIND MY CORNER OF THE SKY...

Corner of the Sky lyrics alternative verse

Question and Answer with Stephen Schwartz (originally posted on stephenschwartz.com forum; used with permission)

QUESTION: Hi Stephen. First off, just let me say what a tremendous fan of yours I am. I remember seeing Pippin for the first time as a child and have loved the music ever since.

On American Idol last night, Bo Bice sang a version of Corner of the Sky that had a complete verse I had never heard before. It went something like "So you ask me if I'm happy there; A little more than I've been; And don't you know sometimes the truth is like laughter on the wind?" Is this verse a part of the original lyrics for this song, because I know clearly that these are not part of the Pippin score version. Thanks so much for your contributions! I think you're incredible and hope that someday I have the opportunity to tell you so in person! -- Steve S.

ANSWER: Dear Steve: Thanks. Can you believe I've never seen "American Idol"? Anyway, a friend happened to tape last night's show, so this seems a good excuse finally to watch it at least once. But as to your question: Your guess was a good one. That was the original final verse of the song:

So maybe some misty day, you'll
Waken to find me gone
And far away, you'll
Hear me singing to the dawn
And you'll wonder if I'm happy there
A little more than I've been
And the answer will come back to you
Like laughter on the wind:
Rivers belong where they can ramble, etc.

It was rewritten during rehearsals to be more specific as to Pippin's goal: "I won't rest until I know I have it all". Some of the vocal selections were published prior to the show opening, and thus were not in a couple of cases the final version of the songs. Of course, I do like this original lyric too, in fact perhaps I prefer it as slightly more evocative. So when the song is sung out of context, I certainly don't mind it being used.

More Notes on Earlier Versions:

On his discussion forum at StephenSchwartz.com, Stephen Schwartz answers a question from someone about various versions of the song:

The lyric which has "rain comes after thunder" and also has a third verse which concludes "And far away you'll hear me singing to the dawn" is from an earlier version of the song. The lyrics were changed in rehearsals for the Broadway production, but the music publishing company had already released a version with the original lyrics. So both versions are still out there, thirty-plus years later.

There was never any version, however, that included the lyrics "rivers will run where they can ramble" or "children play in the snow", so that was probably a dream or an example of "false memory syndrome". (There was an annoying copying error in one of the versions of the song that contained the lyric "children sit in the snow" as opposed to "fit in" and every so often I come across someone singing the song from that version, which is irritating.)

What inspired "Corner of the Sky"

Stephen Schwartz's comments from the notes printed with The Stephen Schwartz album - The Stephen Schwartz album [new browser window to Amazon.com:

"This song was written on a car trip from Washington, DC to New York. It replaced a song for Pippin I had been struggling with futilely for weeks. Starting with the line "Why do I feel I don't fit in anywhere I go?" I asked my wife Carole, who was driving while I scribbled, "What are some things that fit?" "Well," she replied, "Cats fit on the windowsill," and the rest sort of flowed from there."

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