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Somewhere That's Green, is a song written for the musical Little Shop of Horrors. In it Audrey tells of her dream to leave Orin Scrivello, D.D.S, marry Seymour and live on "a little street in a little suburb," with luxuries she has never known on Skid Row, like a washer, a toaster, a "big, enormous" twelve inch television, and a kind, loving family.

It is sung once in the theatrical cut of the 1986 film. At the end of both the stage musical and in the Director's Cut of the 1986 film the song is reprised by Audrey at the end.

Lyrics

The following are the lyrics as published in the Doubleday Book Club edition of the off-Broadway script, published in 1982. All spelling and grammar is faithful to the original publication.

AUDREY: I KNOW SEYMOUR'S THE GREATEST
BUT I'M DATING A SEMI-SADIST
SO I'VE GOT A BLACK-EYE
AND MY ARM'S IN A CAST.
STILL, THAT SEYMOUR'S A CUTIE.
WELL, IF NOT, HE'S GOT INNER BEAUTY,
AND I DREAM OF A PLACE WHERE WE COULD BE
TOGETHER AT LAST--

CRYSTAL: What kind of a place is that? An emergency room?
AUDREY: (As music continues under) Oh no. It's just a day dream of mine. A little development I dream of. Just off the Interstate. Not fancy like Levittown. Just a little street in a little suburb, far far from urban Skid Row. The sweetest, greenist place -- where everybody has the same little lawn out front and the same little flagstone patio out back. All the houses are so neat and pretty... 'cause they all look just alike. Oh, I dream about it all the time. Just me and the toaster and a sweet little guy like Seymour... (Sings)

A MATCHBOX OF OUR OWN
A FENSE OF REAL CHAIN LINK
A GRILL OUT ON THE PATIO
DISPOSAL IN THE SINK
A WASHER AND A DRYER AND
AN IRONING MACHINE
IN A TRACT HOUSE THAT WE SHARE
SOMEWHERE THAT'S GREEN.
HE RAKES AND TRIMS THE GRASS
HE LOVES TO MOW AND WEED
I COOK LIKE BETTY CROCKER
AND I LOOK LIKE DONNA REED.
THERE'S PLASTIC ON OUR FURNITURE
TO KEEP IT NEAT AND CLEAN
IN THE PINE-SOL SENTED AIR,
SOMEWHERE THAT'S GREEN.
BETWEEN OUR FROZEN DINNER
AND OUR BEDTIME, NINE-FIFTEEN
WE SNUGGLE WATCHING LUCY
ON OUR BIG, ENORMOUS
TWELVE-INCH SCREEN.
I'M HIS DECEMBER BRIDE
HE'S FATHER, HE KNOWS BEST
OUR KIDS WATCH HOWDY DOODY
AS THE SUN SETS IN THE WEST...
A PICTURE OUT OF Better Home
And Gardens MAGAZINE
FAR FROM SKID ROW
I DREAM WE'LL GO--
SOMEWHERE THAT'S GREEN.

Trivia

  • During early development of the musical, "Somewhere That's Green" was written as a duet between Seymour and Audrey with a slightly different structure. A copy of the lyrics can be viewed as a part of the Howard Ashman Papers at the Library of Congress.
  • In the February 14, 1985 draft of the film screenplay the lyrics "Our kids watch Howdy Doody / As the sun sets in the west" is replaced with the lyrics "The kids' room, next to our room / And a third room for a guest." This was likely due to an intended shot earlier in the sequence (during "Audrey's Ballet," showing various snapshots of Audrey's dream life) in which Audrey delivers her children "a smiling pitcher of Kool-Aid" as they're in the living room, watching Saturday morning TV. In the final film, the shot isn't present, and the lyrics are only modified to "The kids play Howdy Doody."
  • Though cut from both the February 1985 draft of the screenplay and the final film, an edited version of Audrey's "little dream of mine" monologue was shot, with Audrey delivering it to herself (and the audience) into her mirror.
  • While working on the Disney animated film The Little Mermaid," their follow-up to Little Shop, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman noticed various structural and rhythmic similarities between Little Shop's "Somewhere That's Green" and The Little Mermaid's "Part of Your World," both the "I Want" song's for their respective works. As such, the two nicknamed "Part of Your World" "Somewhere That's Wet."
    • In Kerry Butler's 2003 recording of "Part of Your World," recorded in February of that years as a demo for the stage adaptation to Mermaid that was still in early development, the idea was taken one step further, possibly by Menken himself. As Butler sings the final few lines ("Out of the sea / Wish I could be / Part of your [sic] world"), the pianist accompanying her begins playing the outro to "Somewhere That's Green." Butler would later be cast as Audrey for Little Shop's original Broadway production later that year.

Gallery

Recordings

Somewhere That's Green - Ellen Greene - 1983 - The Standard Drama Awards04:26

Somewhere That's Green - Ellen Greene - 1983 - The Standard Drama Awards

Ellen Greene, Audrey's original actress, performs Somewhere That's Green during the UK's Standard Drama Awards in 1983.

Somewhere That's Green - Early Workprint05:41

Somewhere That's Green - Early Workprint

An early cut of the film version of "Somewhere That's Green," featuring Audrey's cut monologue and a cut exit from Audrey's fantasty.

Somewhere That's Green - Kerry Butler03:01

Somewhere That's Green - Kerry Butler

Kerry Butler, who played the role of Audrey in the musical's original Broadway production, sings "Somewhere That's Green" during the November 8, 2003 edition of Weekend Today in New York.

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