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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.
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.
- 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.