Song Lyric Sunday — Seasons of Love

For today’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams is doing something a bit different. Here’s given us “Musical” and “Opera” as our themes and I suppose he wants us to highlight a song from either a musical or an opera. So, I’m going with a song from the Broadway musical “Rent.” The song is “Seasons of Love.”

“Seasons of Love” is a song from the 1996 Broadway musical Rent, written and composed by Jonathan Larson. In case you’re unfamiliar with Rent, the musical is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s 1896 opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and their struggles with sexuality, drugs, paying their rent, and life under the shadow of AIDS. On Broadway, Rent gained critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008, after 12 years, making it one of the longest-running shows on Broadway.

In 2005, a movie adaptation, directed by Chris Columbus, featured six of the original Broadway cast members reprising their roles. Unfortunately, the movie did not receive the same critical acclaim as the Broadway show.

The song is performed by the entire cast in the musical. It starts out with a reference to “five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes” (the number of minutes in a common year). The lyrics ask what the proper way is to quantify the value of a year in human life, concluding in the chorus that the most effective means is to “measure in love.” Since four of the lead characters in the musical either have HIV or AIDS, the song is often associated with World AIDS Day and AIDS awareness month.

Jonathan Larson intended for “Seasons of Love” to be performed symbolically as a song at one of the character’s funeral. But when Larson tragically died suddenly of an aortic dissection the night before the off-Broadway premiere, the cast sang it at the beginning of the show to pay their respects to the composer.

Here are the lyrics to “Seasons of Love.”

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets,
In midnights, in cups of coffee?
In inches, in miles,
In laughter, in strife?

In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes,
How do you measure a year in the life?

How about love?
How about love?
How about love?
Measure in love.
Seasons of love,
Seasons of love.

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes,
Five hundred twenty five thousand journeys to plan,
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes,
How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?

In truth that she learned,
Or in times that he cried?
In the bridges he burned,
Or the way that she died?

It’s time now, to sing out,
Though the story never ends.
Let’s celebrate, remember a year,
In the life of friends.

Remember the love, (Oh you got to, you got to remember the love)
Remember the love, (You know that love is a gift from up above)
Remember the love, (Share love, give love, spread love)
Measure in love, (Measure, measure your life in love)
Seasons of love,
Seasons of love (Measure your life, measure your life in love).

22 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Seasons of Love

  1. missb September 6, 2020 / 4:43 am

    This brings back good memories. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. newepicauthor September 6, 2020 / 6:48 am

    Nice choice Fandango and I am going to quit blogging when I reach my five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundredth post, because it is all about love.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 6, 2020 / 6:56 am

      I’m about five hundred twenty thousand and some change short of that goal. 😂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Maggie September 6, 2020 / 10:36 am

    Love this song. Thank you for writing about it today. Fantastic show!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. TheHiddenEdge September 6, 2020 / 11:10 am

    Still tearful from Sue’s post – now yours. 😢

    Like

  5. Lisa Coleman September 6, 2020 / 2:12 pm

    This is a great choice today! I remember when this came out. My kids were still small & we would sing it in the car. So inspiring! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. leigha66 September 12, 2020 / 2:42 am

    I love this song, the stage production and the movie. Great music!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. aisasami September 13, 2020 / 7:18 am

    Rent is my friend and my favorite musical. It is such a deep musical that talks about the social issues that affected us in the 80s and 90s, but I think it still applies to us today. Wonderfully written. This is how I know Menzel for. Most young girls know her as Elsa, I know her for Rent. Great choice!

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