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Wicked Lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz

ACT I

"No One Mourns the Wicked"

For lyrics see Wicked lyrics - "No One Mourns the Wicked"

When composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz began work on Wicked, he wrote "No One Mourns the Wicked" first. The article Wicked's Musical Themes explores the origins of music for "As Long as You're Mine," "No One Mourns the Wicked," and more.

If you don't yet have the Broadway cast album: Wicked music


"The Wizard and I"

Wicked's composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz wrote two versions of a solo number for Elphaba (both called "Making Good" before writing "The Wizard and I" as a replacement. He wrote "The Wizard and I" with Idina Menzel's vocal skills in mind. For lyrics see Wicked lyrics - "The Wizard and I"


"What is This Feeling" (Loathing)

This is a duet between the witches-to-be when they are roommates at Shiz University. Based on first impressions, they find themselves loathing each other. Of course this changes by the end of the show. Read about the writing of "What is This Feeling"

For lyrics see Wicked lyrics - "What is This Feeling"


"Popular"

Lyrics and Popular sheet music see Wicked - Popular

Contrary to popular belief, Schwartz wrote "Popular" before Kristin Chenoweth was cast in the role of Galinda/Glinda. Winnie Holzman had the idea that Galinda would do a make over on Elphaba in their dorm room.


"Something Bad"

"Something Bad" and the Animal page with Lyrics. This song for Dr. Dillamond, the goat professor in Oz, Stephen Schwartz at first wrote a song called "As If By Magic" and later "Something Bad." Read about the story behind the song.

That page also has the lyrics to "Something Bad".


"Dancing Through Life"

"Dancing Through Life" was the final song to be written for Wicked and was composed after the San Francisco out-of-town trial for the show. It replaced "Which Way's the Party." For Stephen Schwartz's explanation and lyrics, see the Wicked lyrics "Dancing Through Life" page


"I'm Not That Girl"

Read Stephen Schwartz's comments on the music of "I'm Not That Girl".

For lyrics to "I'm Not That Girl" see the "I'm Not That Girl" lyrics page


"One Short Day" in the Emerald City

For lyrics see "One Short Day" wicked lyrics


"Defying Gravity"

See the "Defying Gravity" page for notes and quotes on the song's development, its meaning, a list of many singers who perform the song on their albums, sheet music, and more.

For "Defying Gravity" lyrics see the defying gravity lyrics page


ACT II

"Thank Goodness"

In an issue of The Schwartz Scene newsletter, Stephen Schwartz offered a detailed explanation of his process of creative discovery over this ACT II opening number.

See the "Thank Goodness" page for info and lyrics


"Wonderful" and "Sentimental Man"

For lyrics see the Joel Grey page.

For printed lyrics & script (partial) see Wicked: The Grimmerie

Stephen Schwartz writes about the socio-political material in Wicked, including in the song "Wonderful" in answer to a question on his forum. Look in the Wicked history section under Musical Novel and Show: Schwartz Forum Archives


"As Long As You're Mine"

For an article that explores the origins of music for "As Long as You're Mine," "No One Mourns the Wicked," and more, see Wicked's Musical Themes.

For lyrics see "As Long As You're Mine" lyrics


"No Good Deed"

Idina Menzel was fond of singing this song and called it a tour de force. She said the special sounds reminded her of her Bat Mitzvah, so it came very easy for her. For Stephen Schwartz's explanation of words like Ah tum ah tum eleka nahmen see the No Good Deed page

For Lyrics see the "No Good Deed" lyrics page


"For Good"

LYRICS - For Good lyrics, comments, behind-the-scenes story. Stephen Schwartz developed "For Good" after interviewing his daughter about her close friend. Read comments and testimonials here. "For Good" is frequently used for graduations, memorial services, and other events.

Sheet music instant downloads: "For Good" - easy piano | "For Good" piano/vocal selections - melody in piano part | for choral versions see "For Good" choral, etc.

Stephen Schwartz Wicked lyricist Who wrote lyrics and music for the songs of Wicked? Stephen Schwartz. You're on MusicalSchwartz.com where you can find out all about this award-winning songwriter and his musicals and subscribe to a free newsletter.


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This DVD includes behind-the-scenes clips and interviews for the making of Wicked, and more.

More about Wicked lyrics

Stephen Schwartz's general comments on writing lyrics: Here's a recent Q and A:

Q. How do you so fluently, in your lyrics, delve into the female psyche so skillfully?

A: When I write, I try to become the character in the situation and approach the song from that point of view. I don't consciously think about whether the character is male or female, but I guess there may be an inflection or attitude that changes depending on the gender of the character I am trying to "channel". - Stephen Schwartz (From his forum at Stephenschwartz.com posted 10/26/05

Read about Wicked's history | Read about Stephen Schwartz's musical influences from The Weavers to Sting and others

Wicked -- Praise for the song Lyrics

Praise for Wicked's lyrics and the CD:

From Paula of Toronto:

.... the musical has touched my heart, something I have experienced with other beautiful plays, but not to this extent. It appeals to women who have had life changing friendships and for me, one of the sub-themes of feeling the "ugly duckling" but who ultimately has success is most pronounced. The profoundly beautiful, emotive lyrics by Mr. Schwartz, sung by two superlative actors, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, are unequaled in their meaning and will continue to influence me as I am having a very difficult time putting down the CD and listening to other music.

From Kori or Highlandville, Missouri:

I am totally consumed by the music from Wicked!! The first time I heard some music from this wonderful Soundtrack was on Thanksgiving Morning, Macy's Parade, Nov. 24, 2005. My husband, my mother and I were in St. Augustine, Florida for the wedding of our son on Saturday, Nov. 26. Thursday morning (the 24th), we were in our motel room getting ready for Thanksgiving Day which we would be spending with the family of our daughter-in-law to be. We had the TV on so we could at least be tuned in to the parade, which has always been a family tradition. I love the live performances they feature during that parade, so I really had my ears on. When they announced the presentation from Wicked, naturally I stopped everything so I could listen and watch. That's all it took. Other shows have beautiful and harmonious blends of music, but nothing has everything that Wicked has. To me this is the most electrifying, meaningful and fun music from any musical. From the family secret of the green elixir to their days of rooming at Shiz; from Loathing everything to Unlimited possibilities; from Dancing Through Life to being Popular – lar; from the OzDust Ballroom to Something Happening in Oz. I know that "Because I knew you" (that is, knew the music from the musical) that I definitely "Have Been Changed For Good"!!! My CD is so worn out from being played, I'll just "melt" if I don't get a new CD of the Wicked soundtrack!! (Not to mention a written copy of all of lyrics from the songs I love so much.) There is a presentation of Wicked in Oklahoma City in June and I am so hoping to be able to attend. Thank you for bringing these awesome and inspiring pieces of music and lyrics to us.

Sources for Lyrics - Wicked the Musical on Broadway:

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3. Wicked CD booklet. The booklet that comes with the CD includes all the lyrics plus photos. Order the Wicked CD - original Broadway cast recording for the musical Wicked: $13.49 (List price $18.98). Now available. Amazon.com - Wicked CD [new browser window] (Wicked soundtrack) .

More information: 50 pages on Wicked - linked from our Wicked index page

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Wicked Original Broadway Cast Album Tracks - Read about the CD

  • 1. NO ONE MOURNS THE WICKED - Glinda and Citizens of Oz
  • 2. DEAR OLD SHIZ - Glinda and Students
  • 3. THE WIZARD AND I - Morrible, Elphaba
  • 4. WHAT IS THIS FEELING? - Glinda, Elphaba and Students
  • 5. SOMETHING BAD - Dr. Dillamond and Elphaba
  • 6. DANCING THROUGH LIFE - Fiyero, Glinda, Boq, Nessarose, Elphaba and Students
  • 7. POPULAR - Glinda
  • 8. I'M NOT THAT GIRL - Elphaba
  • 9. ONE SHORT DAY - Glinda, Elphaba and Denizens of the Emerald City
  • 10. A SENTIMENTAL MAN - The Wizard
  • 11. DEFYING GRAVITY - Elphaba, Glinda, Guards and Citizens of Oz
  • 12. THANK GOODNESS - Glinda, Morrible and Citizens of Oz
  • 13. WONDERFUL - The Wizard, Elphaba
  • 14. I'M NOT THAT GIRL (reprise) - Glinda
  • 15. AS LONG AS YOU'RE MINE - Elphaba and Fiyero
  • 16. NO GOOD DEED - Elphaba
  • 17. MARCH OF THE WITCH HUNTERS - Boq and Citizens of Oz
  • 18. FOR GOOD - Glinda and Elphaba
  • 19. FINALE - All
Wicked Characters and the Songs they Sing:
All (Opening Number) Sing Lyrics for "No One Mourns the Wicked"
The Chorus Sings Lyrics for "Dear Old Shiz"
Idina Menzel (Elphaba) Sings Lyrics for "The Wizard and I"
Kristin Chenoweth (Glinda)Sings Lyrics for "What Is This Feeling?"
William Youmans (Dr. Dillamond) Sings Lyrics for "Something Bad"
Norbert Leo Butz Sings Lyrics for "Dancing Through Life"
Kristin Chenoweth Sings Lyrics for "Popular"
Idina Menzel Sings Lyrics for "I'm Not That Girl"
Kristin Chenoweth Sings Lyrics for "One Short Day"
Joel Grey Sings Lyrics for "A Sentimental Man"
Indina Menzel Sings Lyrics for "Defying Gravity"
Kristin Chenoweth Sings Lyrics for "Thank Goodness"
Joel Grey Sings Lyrics "Wonderful"
Kristin Chenoweth Sings Lyrics for "I'm Not That Girl (Reprise)"
Norbert Leo Butz Sings Lyrics for "As Long as You're Mine"
Idina Menzel Sings Lyrics for "No Good Deed"
The Chorus Sings Lyrics for "March of the Witch Hunters"
Kristin Chenoweth Sings Lyrics for "For Good"
Kristin Chenoweth and Chorus Sing Lyrics for "Finale"

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