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"Since I have My Heart Away" from My Son Pinocchio

[Formerly Geppetto and Son, and the TV movie Geppetto]

Lyrics, Recordings, Sheet Music, Context

"Since I Gave My Heart Away" Lyrics

by Stephen Schwartz (copyrighted)

This version has been adapted for singing outside the context of the musical

You can take my favorite chair
Go on, take it - I don't care
There's no possession I can't spare
Since I gave my heart away
If I had a bank account
You could take the whole amount
Things and riches, what are they?
Since I gave my heart away?

Till I felt like this
I could not have understood:
Until you give your heart to someone else
It might as well be made of wood
So take my home – look, here's the key
And all of value you might see
But if you take your love from me
That's a price I cannot pay
Since I gave my heart away

There's a lesson learned
I learned it late, but no regrets:
The more of your heart
You give to someone else
The fuller that it gets

So take my home – look here's the key
And all of value you might see
But never take your love from me
That's a price I cannot pay
Since I gave my heart away

"Since I Gave My Heart Away" sheet music

"Since I Gave My Heart Away" Sheet Music -- A version is available in the Stephen Schwartz Songbook

Hear "Since I Gave My Heart Away" on Geppetto DVD and Soundtrack

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The songs on the original soundtrack:

  • Includes: Once Upon A Time / When You Wish Upon A Star, Toys, Empty Heart, And Son, Just Because It's Magic, I've Got No Strings, Bravo, Stromboli, Toys (Reprise), Satisfaction Guaranteed, Just Because It's Magic (Reprise), Pleasure Island, And Son (Reprise), Since I Gave My Heart Away, Since I Gave My Heart Away - Sonya Isaacs (single version)

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Watch the original version on DVD, with Drew Carey singing "Since I Gave My Heart Away."

"Since I Gave My Heart Away" Context

For those who have not seen the show and don't mind a slight spoiler, the following comments explain the context of the song. The comments are from an interview with Larry Hochman, orchestrator for the stage version of Geppetto and Son.

Carol de Giere: You said the final ballad is one of your favorite songs from the show. What strikes you about that final ballad, "Since I Gave My Heart Away."

Larry Hochman: In a word, universal. This is where the character Stromboli is saying by rights he can take Pinocchio from Geppetto. Geppetto will offer him anything but Pinocchio, and he ends with the thought that in my house, I have this, and this, take anything; take everything, but don't take my son from me. It's really beautiful.

In the movie as well as the show, at the end, if anyone doesn't get that it's a universal feeling already, then the whole chorus comes on with all the parents and the kids singing the same words. There, as often happens in musicals, you have words that mean one thing and then the words sung later or in a different situation mean a different thing. To have everyone on stage singing "Since I Gave My heart Away" is just evoking the whole family connection. None of those people are threatened by having to fight off someone taking their son. It's not literal there, but it has so many other resonances.

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