Where is Love?
This past weekend my husband and I attended opening night of Oliver! at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis. Even though it is based on Charles Dickens’ dark tale Oliver Twist, the musical handles a lot of the characters and themes very lightly, especially in the first act. I have never been quite comfortable with upbeat, funny songs by and about human trafficking (who could be?).
But in the middle of the first act Oliver, after being sold as a slave and forced to work and sleep on the floor surrounded by coffins, sings a song that would break your heart even if the actor couldn’t sing (this one could). Some people confuse the song for one about romantic love, but it is actually about an orphan sold into slavery who misses his mother:
Where is love?
Does it fall from skies above?
Is it underneath the willow tree
That I’ve been dreaming of?
Where is she?
Who I close my eyes to see?
Will I ever know the sweet “hello”
That’s only meant for me?
Who can say where she may hide?
Must I travel far and wide
Till I am beside the someone who
I can mean something to?
Where is love?
Considering many of the children currently sold into slavery are orphaned, and the scene in which poor Oliver sleeps alone and scared is occurring worldwide today, this song really moved me when I heard it on Friday night.
What song(s) has moved you by showing you the perspective of another person or group of people?
If you haven’t considered giving up all chocolate made by child slaves, I hope you’ll consider doing so by reading about it in our recent chocolate week, along with the comments. And if you’ve given it up, or are trying to, tell us about it in the comments section today.