For Good - From the musical Wicked

by Rhonda
(Wyoming)

My daughter was just 16 when her best friend was killed in an auto accident on her way to school. Her parents asked my daughter to choose a song which represented their friendship, either to sing (if she could manage) or to have played at her service. So on a gray and stormy April afternoon we stood on a windswept hillside at the gravesite of her childhood friend. With strength and tremendous courage she offered a heartbreakingly lovely tribute to their friendship with 'For Good' from the musical 'Wicked'.


The lyrics begin "I've heard it said people come into our lives for a reason . . . " and conclude later with "I don't know if I've been changed for the better but, because I knew you, I have been changed for good." It was simply a perfect choice.

Full Lyrics:

(Glinda):
I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you...

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

(Elphaba):
It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend...

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you

(Glinda):
Because I knew you

(Both):
I have been changed for good

(Elphaba):
And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I've done you blame me for

(Glinda):
But then, I guess we know
There's blame to share

(Both):
And none of it seems to matter anymore

(Glinda):
Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood

(Elphaba):
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a bird in the wood

(Both):
Who can say if I've been
Changed for the better?
I do believe I have been
Changed for the better

(Glinda):
And because I knew you...

(Elphaba):
Because I knew you...

(Both):
Because I knew you...
I have been changed for good…





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