What I Did for Love

It struck me that I don’t believe I’ve ever written about one of my favorite Broadway songs, “What I Did for Love.”

If you’ve seen A Chorus Line on stage (forget about the horrible movie version, please) you know that “love” is the love of the dancer’s craft. The song comes right after a dancer has injured himself and is taken off to the hospital. Zach, the choreographer, asks, “If today were the day you had to stop dancing, how would you feel?” The Diana Morales character then sings “What I Did for Love.”

Kiss today goodbye,
The sweetness and the sorrow.
Wish me luck, the same to you.
But I can’t regret
What I did for love, what I did for love.
Look my eyes are dry.
The gift was ours to borrow.
It’s as if we always knew,
And I won’t forget what I did for love,
What I did for love.

It’s all about the love of one’s chosen vocation and the gratitude for having had the opportunity to live that, for however long or short a time. No wonder I get tears in my eyes whenever I hear the song.


2 Comments on “What I Did for Love”

  1. Tahoe Mom says:

    This song became popular early on and when played alone, no one bothered to explain. I still remember seeing the stage show and when she started to sing, I started to cry at the same time I was saying, Yes, Yes, Yes inside. I’m glad to know from you that it touches more vocations than those around the theatre. Sometimes those of us in “the biz” forget that others can be just as passionate.

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