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Dancing Through Life Lyrics

[FIYERO]
The trouble with schools is
They always try to teach the wrong lessons
Believe me, I've been kicked out
Of enough of them to know
They want you to become less callow
Less shallow
But I say: why invite stress in?
Stop studying strife
And learn to live the unexamined life

Dancing through life
Skimming the surface
Gliding where turf is smooth
Life's more painless
For the brainless

Why think too hard
When it's so soothing

Dancing through life
No need to tough it
When you can slough it off as I do
Nothing matters
But knowing nothing matters

It's just life
So keep dancing through

Dancing through life
Swaying and sweeping
And always keeping cool
Life is fraught-less
When you're thoughtless

Those who don't try
Never look foolish

Dancing through life
Mindless and careless

Make sure you're where less trouble is rife
Woes are fleeting
Blows are glancing
When you're dancing
Through life

(spoken)
So—what's the most swankified place in town?

[GALINDA]
That would be the Ozdust Ballroom

[FIYERO]
Sounds perfect

(sung)
Let's go down to the Ozdust Ballroom
We'll meet there later tonight
We can dance 'til it's light
Find the prettiest girl
Give 'er a whirl

Right on down to the Ozdust Ballroom
Come on—follow me
You'll be happy to be there

[ALL]
Dancing through life
Down at the Ozdust

[FIYERO]
If only because dust
Is what we come to


[ALL]
Nothing matters
But knowing nothing matters
It's just life

[FIYERO]
So keep dancing through

[BOQ, spoken]
M-Miss Galinda—
I hope you'll save at least one dance for me
I'll be right there
Waiting
All night


[GALINDA]
Oh—that's so kind
But you know what would be even kinder?

(sung)
See that tragically beautiful girl
The one in the chair

It seems so unfair
We should go on a spree
And not she
Gee!
I know someone would be my hero
If that someone were to go invite her


[BOQ, spoken]
Well, maybe - I could invite her!

[GALINDA, sung]
Oh, Biq, really?
You would do that for me?

[BOQ, spoken]
I would do anything for you, Miss Galinda

[GALINDA, spoken]
So...

[FIYERO, spoken]
So I'll be picking you up around eight?

[GALINDA, spoken]
After all—

(sung)
Now that we've met one another

[FIYERO & GALINDA]
It's clear we deserve each other

[GALINDA]
You're perfect

[FIYERO]
You're perfect

[BOTH]
So we're perfect together
Born to be forever
Dancing through life

[NESSAROSE]
Oh, Elphaba—isn't it wonderful?
Finally, for this one night
I'm about to have a fun night
With this Munchkin boy Galinda found for me
And I only wish there were
Something I could do for her to repay her
Elphaba, see?
We deserve each other
And Galinda helped it come true
We deserve each other
Me and Boq

Please, Elphaba try to understand

[ELPHABA]
I do

(spoken)
Listen, Galinda—
Nessa and I were talking about you just now


[GALINDA, spoken]
And I was just talking about you!
I thought you might want to wear this hat to the party tonight!

(sung)
It's really, uh, sharp, don't you think?
You know black is this year's pink
You deserve each other
This hat and you
You're both so smart
You deserve each other
So here, out of the goodness of my heart

[BOQ]
Listen, Nessa

[NESSAROSE, spoken]
Yes?

[BOQ, sung]
Uh—Nessa
I've got something to confess, a
Reason why, well—
Why I asked you here tonight
Now I know it isn't fair

[NESSAROSE]
Oh, Boq, I know why

[BOQ]
You do?


[NESSAROSE]
It's because I'm in this chair
And you felt sorry for me
Well—isn't that right?


[BOQ]
No! No! It's because, because, uh
Because you are so beautiful!

[NESSAROSE]
Oh, Boq, I think you're wonderful!
And we deserve each other
Don't you see, this is our chance?
We deserve each other
Don't we, Boq?


[BOQ]
You know what?
Let's dance


[NESSAROSE, spoken]
What?!

[BOQ, sung]
Let's dance!

[ALL]
Dancing through life
Down at the Ozdust
If only because dust
Is what we come to!

And the strange thing
Your life could end up changing

While you're dancing
Through!

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About “Dancing Through Life”

Fiyero arrives at Shiz and introduces the students to his carefree attitude. Everyone heads to the Ozdust ballroom for a party and romance blooms between Fiyero and Glinda as well as Boq and Nessarose (with some ‘encouragement’ from Glinda).