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Somewhere That's Green, is a song written for the musical Little Shop of Horrors.

About

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 only once in the theatrical cut of the 1986 film, but at the end of both the stage musical and in the Director's Cut of the movie, the song has a final reprise.

The movie's soundtrack album omits the 30-some-second orchestral interlude which plays while Audrey cavorts with an animated bird, hosts a Tupperware party and waters the flowers.

Lyrics

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The is the version from the 1982 Off-Broadway album.

Audrey Crystal
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.
What kind of a place is that? An emergency room?
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...
A matchbox of our own,
A fence, 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 the furniture
To keep it neat and clean
In the Pine-sol scented air
Somewhere that's green.
Between our frozen dinners
And our bedtime, nine-fifteen,
We snuggle watching Lucy
On our big, enormous 12-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 Homes and Gardens magazine.
Far from Skid Row
I dream we'll go
Somewhere that's green.

This is the version from the 1986 movie.

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.
A matchbox of our own,
A fence, 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 the furniture
To keep it neat and clean
In the Pine-sol scented air
Somewhere that's green.
Between our frozen dinners
And our bedtime, nine-fifteen,
We snuggle watching Lucy
On our big, enormous 12-inch screen
I'm his December Bride.
He's father, he knows best.
The kids play Howdy Doody
As the sun sets in the West.
A picture out of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
Far from Skid Row
I dream we'll go
Somewhere that's green.

This is the reprise which appeared in the Director's Cut.

Audrey
You'll wash my tender leaves,
You'll smell my sweet perfume,
You'll water me and care for me,
You'll see me bud and bloom.
I'm feeling strangely happy now,
Contended and serene.
Oh, don't you see?
Finally I'll be
Somewhere that's green.

"You ain't in Kansas, neither!"
NonCanonTemplate

The Following Information is non-Canon. Demos and deleted songs are not considered canon to the Little Shop of Horrors musical, as they were not included in the final version of the musical, instead think of them as part of the history of making LSOH.

This early draft of the song as a duet between Seymour and Audrey has a slightly different structure and is on record as part of The Howard Ashman papers at The Library of Congress. Ashman did not denote which character sang what lines (see image below), so the following transcription is an approximation.

Audrey Seymour
A matchbox of our own
A fence of real chain-link
A grill out on the patio,
Dispose-all in the sink
A washer and a dryer and
An ironing machine
In a tract house that we share
Somewhere that's green
I'll rake and trim the grass
I'll mulch and mow the weed
You'll cook like Betty Crocker
But you'll look like Donna Reed.
And plastic on the furniture
Will keep it neat and clean,
In the Pine-Sol scented air,
Somewhere that's green.
Somewhere that's green -- Somewhere that's green --
A yard of clover, daffodils and mums
Somewhere that's green -- Somewhere that's green --
We won't trip over derelicts and bums
To fill our leisure time,
Which we'll have plenty of,
We'll tune in our TV set
To see Lucy, who we love.
We'll snuggle as she clowns on our
Enormous twelve inch screen
Til it's late, but we don't care
Somewhere that's green.
Somewhere that's green-- Somewhere that's green--
I'll bag your lunch to take to work each day
Somewhere that's green-- Somewhere that's green--
We'll actively support the scouts and P.T.A.
You're my December Bride.
I'm father. I know best.
You'll fix a frozen dinner as
The sun sets in the west.
A picture out of Better Homes
And Gardens magazine --
Oh Seymour, take me there
Somewhere that's green.
A life like we have never known, Audrey --
A quarter acre of our own, Audrey --
I picture dawn breaking over lawn
Making such a sweetly suburban scene
Far from Skid Row
Trust me we'll go
Somewhere Somewhere
That's That's
Green. Green.

Trivia

  • In the original version of the song, Audrey sang, "The kids watch Howdy Doody as the sun sets in the West." From 1948-1956 the Howday Doody show aired on weekday afternoons,[1] however, it switched exclusively to Saturday mornings in 1956, where it remained for the final four seasons, ultimately leaving the airwaves in September 1960,[2] a year or two before "Little Shop" was set. Presumably Howard Ashman discovered he'd made an anachronistic error, because by the first draft of the film screenplay in December 1983, the lyrics were suddenly changed to "The kids' room, next to our room / And a third room for a guest," and this remained unchanged throughout multiple revisions.[3] Clearly he was unhappy with the new line, so the lyrics were modified to "The kids play Howdy Doody" in the final draft of the script, and the children in the film are shown playing with a Howdy Doody marionette.
  • Though cut from most drafts of the screenplay and the final film, an edited version of Audrey's "little dream of mine" monologue was included in the final draft of the screenplay (dated September 27, 1985) in which Audrey delivers it to her stuffed cocker-spaniel and "her goldfish which is swimming in a small bowl." The monologue was shot (sans the goldfish) and included in an early workprint, and in a later workprint of the original cut of the film (dated August 22, 1985).
  • 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."[4]
    • In Kerry Butler's recording of "Part of Your World," recorded in February 2003 as a demo for the stage adaptation to Mermaid which 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."[5] Butler would 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 Awards

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 Workprint

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 Butler

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.

References

  1. It’s Howdy Doody Time: What You Probably Don’t Know About the Iconic Children’s Show
  2. Total Television by Alex McNeil, Penguin Books
  3. Little Shop of Horrors Screenplay, February 14, 1985
  4. Entertainment Weekly: Alan Menken tells stories behind 7 classic Disney songs
  5. YouTube: Part of Your World - Kerry Butler - 2003 Rading Demo Sync - The Little Mermaid