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No One Mourns The Wicked Lyrics

[CITIZENS OF OZ]
Good news!
She's dead!
The Witch of the West is dead!
The wickedest witch there ever was
The enemy of all of us here in Oz is dead!
Good news!
Good news!


[SOMEONE IN THE CROWD]
Look! It's Glinda!

[GLINDA]
Fellow Ozians...
Let us be glad
Let us be grateful
Let us rejoicify that goodness could subdue
The wicked workings of you-know-who
Isn't it nice to know?
That good will conquer evil?

The truth we all believe'll by and by
Outlive a lie

For you and --

[SOMEONE IN THE CROWD]
No one mourns the Wicked!


[ANOTHER PERSON]
No one cries: "They won't return!"

[ALL]
No one lays a lily on their grave

[MAN]
The good man scorns the Wicked!

[WOMEN]
Through their lives, our children learn

[ALL]
What we miss
When we misbehave


[GLINDA]
And goodness knows
The Wicked's lives are lonely
Goodness knows
The Wicked die alone

It just shows, when you're wicked
You're left only
On your own...


[ALL]
Yes, goodness knows
The Wicked's lives are lonely
Goodness knows
The Wicked cry alone
Nothing grows for the wicked
They reap only
What they've sown

[GLINDA]
That's a good question

Are people born Wicked? Or do they have Wickedness thrust upon them?
After all, she had a father. She had a mother, as so many do...

[FREXSPAR]
How I hate to go and leave you lonely

[MELENA]
That's alright - it's only just one night

[FREXSPAR]
But know that you're here in my heart when I'm out of your sight

[GLINDA]
And like every family, they had their secrets

[LOVER]
Have another drink, my dark eyed beauty
I've got one more night left, here in town
So have another drink of green elixir
And we'll have ourselves a little mixer
Have another little swallow, little lady
And follow me down

[GLINDA]
And of course, from the moment she was born, she was - well - different...

[MIDWIFE]
It's coming!

[FREXSPAR]
Now?

[MIDWIFE]
The baby's coming!

[FATHER]
And how!

[MIDWIFE AND FREXSPAR]
I see a nose
I see a curl
It's a healthy, perfect
Lovely, little -

[FREXSPAR]
Sweet Oz!

[MOTHER]
What is it? What's wrong?

[MIDWIFE]
How can it be?

[FREXSPAR]
What does it mean?

[MIDWIFE]
It's atrocious!

[FREXSPAR]
It's obscene!

[MIDWIFE AND FREXSPAR]
Like a froggy, ferny cabbage
The baby is unnaturally...

[ALL]
...green!

[FREXSPAR]
Take it away... take it away!

[GLINDA]
So you see - it couldn't have been easy!

[ALL]
No one mourns the Wicked!

Now at last, she's dead and gone!
Now at last, there's joy throughout the land
And Goodness knows
We know what Goodness is

Goodness knows
The Wicked die alone

[GLINDA]
She died alone...

[ALL]
Woe to those (woe to those)
Who spurn what Goodnesses
They are shown

No one mourns the Wicked

[GLINDA]
Good news!

[CROWD]
No one mourns the Wicked!

[GLINDA]
Good news!

[ALL]
No one mourns the Wicked!
Wicked!
Wicked!

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About “No One Mourns The Wicked”

“No One Mourns the Wicked” is the opening song of the musical, Wicked. The song follows the recent death of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.

The opening few notes of the song serve as a leitmotif, referred to by some as the “Wicked Witch of the West motif”. (These notes are actually the same notes used throughout all of Stephen Schwartz’s musicals, most strikingly in Pippin). We hear it later in this very song during the flashback sequence in which Glinda recounts Elphaba’s birth. This motif is repeated (though slightly altered) at the beginning of “As Long as You’re Mine” and in a climactic point in “No Good Deed”. “Defying Gravity” also makes use of the leitmotif at the very end. In addition, the tune for this song is played and sung at the beginning of “Thank Goodness”. This song is tonal.

The Citizens of Oz are celebrating the witch’s death, and newly-famed Glinda the Good Witch gives the audience some exposition on Elphaba’s birth. Glinda appears to be sympathetic for Elphaba while the Citizens of Oz, the people she represents, appear to feel just the opposite.

On Stephen Schwartz' website he recalls the production process for “No One Mourns the Wicked”:

The very first thing written for WICKED was the verse to “No One Mourns the Wicked,” albeit with slightly different lyrics. I wrote it fairly early in the process, and the basic tune and the feel of it came to me while I was reading the novel. At a very early stage I felt that the show should open with all of Oz celebrating the death of the witch, which led to the title “No One Mourns the Wicked,” which led to the tune.