The original lyrics to Memory as written by Tim Rice. They were later discarded due to their reference to suicide. Andrew Lloyd Webber wanted “Cats” to be a family musical.
I feel they are much more poignant than the now popular version.
When one has reached what they feel is the lowest point in their life, and suffered some immeasurable losses, it takes on a special meaning. But, that’s a story for another time and place……..These so called “Discarded Lyrics” are truly profound and profess many of my own sentiments.
Update: I was finally able to obtain the video. Due to some copyright problems it was deleted from YouTube. I have it loaded here (be patient if it takes a little time to load. This isn’t YouTube).
“Memory” – Lyrics by Tim Rice
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
No, not one.
Is there only the one life
That we lose in the living
In an endless decline?
For no one else has seen what I’ve seen
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
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
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
Also see; Memories, Some Stay Forever!
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