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The Barber and his Wife / Poor Thing - An Original Piano Arrangement

by Yanko Artidiello

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Arranged for my adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In this scene, Sweeney Todd sings the entire song, explaining what happened to himself and his family.

When performed, it was meant as a set-up for when Judge Turpin walks into his shop for a shave. Sweeney is seen in his parlor, reminiscing the songs that have already passed in the original play... as if telling the story to the demons in his head.

NOTE: The waltz within this arrangement is an original composition of mine called "A Waltz for 'Becca'lise" - it was written as a birthday gift for a friend, and was used in this piece as the music that everyone dances to at Judge Turpin's masquerade ball


"The Barber and his Wife"

There was a barber and his wife,
And she was beautiful.
A foolish barber and his wife.
She was his reason and his life,
And she was beautiful,
And she was virtuous,
And he was... naive.

There was another man who saw
That she was beautiful.
A pious vulture of the law,
Who, with a gesture of his claw,
Removed the barber from his plate,
Then there was nothing but to wait,
And she would fall,
So soft,
So young,
So lost
And oh so beautiful!

"Poor Thing"

There was this judge you see
Wanted her like mad,
everyday he sent her a flower
But did she come down from her tower?
Sat up there and sobbed by the hour
Poor fool,
ah, but there was worse yet to come
Poor thing

Well, Beadle calls on her all polite
Poor thing, poor thing
The judge, he tells her, is all contrite
He blames himself for her dreadful plight
She must come straight to his house tonight
Poor thing, poor thing

Of course when she goes there
Poor thing, poor thing
They're having this ball all in masks
There's no one she knows there
Poor dear, poor thing

She wonders, tormented and drinks
Poor thing
The judge has repented, she thinks
Poor thing
"Oh, where is Judge Turpin?" she asks
He was there, alright, only not so contrite

She wasn't no match for such craft, you see
And everyone thought it so droll
They figured she had to be daft, you see
So all of them stood there and laughed, you see
Poor soul, poor thing


released February 2, 2017
Music (and lyrics) by Stephen Sondheim
Arrangement by Yanko Artidiello




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