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Favorite Song? Lyric?
July 23, 2008
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I don't know if I could pick a favourite song. It changes so often where I think one is the best and then the other. Favourite line of a song though:

So your world's benign

So you think justice has a voice

And we all have a choice

But now your world is mine (everything you ever...)

And I am fine

Its really haunting sad. And he seems so distraught about where he stands and what his choice really is. And then when he makes it, is he really fine? Its an amazing bit of writing. I love this song a lot.

July 23, 2008
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My favorite songs are definitely Brand New Day, Stop the World (aka Laundry Day), and On The Rise. It's tough to pick one, but I'd say Brand New Day just barely beats out On The Rise.

As for my favorite lyric, it'd probably be from Brand New Day:

\"It's a brand new day and the sun is high / All the birds are singing that you're gonna die!\"

August 1, 2008
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Exactly my three favorites song. If I had a gun at my head, I would probably say

1.-Brand New Day

2.- On the Rise

3.- Freeze Ray

Favorite line \"Evil inside of me....is on the rise\" You just feel the strenght of NPH's voice in there...it is incredible.

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August 2, 2008
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All the songs are well-crafted, impeccably sung (3 separate lines woven together at the end of A Man\'s Gotta Do, harmonised, each clearly audible and distinct, immensely funny \"whatever...\" and finished off with Horrible limping away \"Balls!\") and persistant - I can\'t get them out of my head. Of all of them I think \"Brand New Day\" is the most impressive, though the Finale is also very strong.

Favourite line, though? Well, maybe I\'m easily amused, but \"We do the wierd stuff\" still creases me.

August 2, 2008
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It's hard to do, since the cinematography of the musical is so engaging, but I think it's important to focus on the artistry of each song when deciding on a favorite.  Otherwise, we're actually talking about a favorite *part/scene*, not song.    Having a separate soundtrack would help.

In light of that criteria, I'd vote for these as my top 3:

1.  On the Rise (Act II opening song) - really strong use of counterpoint in melodies and contrast between major and minor modes, then combining them for the closing.  This song could only be better if would be a bit longer -- it has a \"cut short\" feeling, to me.

2.  Everything You Ever (closing song) - The lyrics in this are such a strong sell, as well as the actual melody.  So much irony -- he has everything he thought he wanted, but it feels hollow because the one thing he truly valued is sacrificed to grant him his place in the ELoE.  The startling/haunting finish is a great closer.

3.  Third?  a really close one, to be sure.  \"Stop the World\" (Laundry Day) is definitely a crowd pleaser, with one of the catchiest melodies.  And the use of interrupted soliloqies is also enchanting (mumbling, love your hair, love the air).  \"Slipping\"  (the denouement song) is right up there, though, simply because of those haunting unexpected chords that change each time on the phrases including the word \"slipping.\"  And \"Brand New Day\"?  Well, I see why many enjoy the metallic choruses, but I love the pattering lyrics of the two verses even more.

The truth is, there are very few musicals who have so much craft in every song.  There's not one bad song in this show, and it's definitely hats-off to the Whedons and others involved in its creation.

August 6, 2008
4:57 am
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In \"A Man's Gotta Do...\" Penny's line, \"I wonder what he's captain of\"

August 7, 2008
2:17 pm
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\"Now that your savior/Is still as the grave, you're/Beginning to fear me.\"  Joss and Co. aren't exactly on the level of Sondheim (yet), but you can hear the master's influence in that line.

August 11, 2008
9:32 am
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I like on the rise, but my very favorite song is definitely 'slipping'

My favorite lyric would have to be,

\"Look at him! not a word!

Hammer meet Nail!\"

it gives me shivers.

August 11, 2008
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On my initial watching, my definite favorite was On the Rise - the contrast between Billy and Penny was well portrayed, and the melody just really caught me.

On a few rewatchings, however, a few others are leaping out - my initial least favorite, Everyone's a Hero, really grew on me when I started to appreciate just how good the satire in it is, and both Slipping and Everything You Ever seem better with each time I hear them. I think Slipping is now up there with On the Rise.

As for the lyrics... God, I can hardly choose. I really do love Billy's half of On the Rise, mostly because I have a thing for troubled pessimism, but then there are all these other amazing parts... I think Slipping might have my favorite lyrics overall, while my favorite satire is in Everyone's a Hero and there are various great lines from other songs...

\"So make the Bad Horse gleeful, or he'll make you his mare...\"

\"So your world's benign / So you think justice has a voice / And we all have a choice / But now the world is mine\"

And let's not forget \"And I won't feel... a thing.\"

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August 12, 2008
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Favourite song is between \"Brand New Day\" & \"On the Rise\". \"On the Rise\" is easier to sing along to, but \"Brand New Day\" is just so cool & I always love fast, well flowing songs.

My favourite lyric would have to be from \"On the Rise\"

The last part of Penny's verse:

\"Because it seems to me some kind of harmony
Is on the rise\"

I love that because it shows her optimistic nature &, of course, it's just after that when the two parts come together in a really well worked harmony. I just love that it's pointed out before it happens

August 12, 2008
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I have alot of respect for the entire book, but there's something haunting about the quality of Felicia Day's voice... So pure, that bell-like tone! Lol, i'm a dork... In any event, she MAKES \"Keep Your Head Up\" my favorite. It's got such a sweet message to it... Penny's personality really shows through.

\"Even in the darkness, every color can be found

And every day of rain brings water

flowing to things growing in the ground.\"

August 14, 2008
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hammermustdie said:

It's hard to do, since the cinematography of the musical is so engaging, but I think it's important to focus on the artistry of each song when deciding on a favorite.  Otherwise, we're actually talking about a favorite *part/scene*, not song.    Having a separate soundtrack would help.

In light of that criteria, I'd vote for these as my top 3:

1.  On the Rise (Act II opening song) - really strong use of counterpoint in melodies and contrast between major and minor modes, then combining them for the closing.  This song could only be better if would be a bit longer — it has a “cut short” feeling, to me.

2.  Everything You Ever (closing song) - The lyrics in this are such a strong sell, as well as the actual melody.  So much irony — he has everything he thought he wanted, but it feels hollow because the one thing he truly valued is sacrificed to grant him his place in the ELoE.  The startling/haunting finish is a great closer.

3.  Third?  a really close one, to be sure.  “Stop the World” (Laundry Day) is definitely a crowd pleaser, with one of the catchiest melodies.  And the use of interrupted soliloqies is also enchanting (mumbling, love your hair, love the air).  “Slipping”  (the denouement song) is right up there, though, simply because of those haunting unexpected chords that change each time on the phrases including the word “slipping.”  And “Brand New Day”?  Well, I see why many enjoy the metallic choruses, but I love the pattering lyrics of the two verses even more.

The truth is, there are very few musicals who have so much craft in every song.  There's not one bad song in this show, and it's definitely hats-off to the Whedons and others involved in its creation.


I agree with all you said. 

With On the Rise (my overall favorite), I admire how the writers not only rhymned the words, but they had Billy and Penny singing the same word at the same time in 3 places, but, of course, the words had an opposite meaning/effect.  The words were \"part\" (or \"apart\") \"heart\" and one other that I can't recall.  That is so amazing I think.  With Penny I think it was \"if we all do our part\" and Billy was singing about something \"torn apart\".  She's talking about building something, a kinder world, and he's talking about destroying something.

Also, in Man's Gotta Do, did you notice how at the beginning Billy uses the words plan and matters in 2 places with 2 different meanings?  \"Don't plan the plan if you can't follow through\"  and \"The only thing that matters is taking matters into your own hands\"? 

All of this is very Joss.  Making things ambiguous.

August 16, 2008
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Every song has its place in the show and each is independantly wondeful.  But if I must make choices we have:

Song: On the Rise.  The harmony is fantastic.  Listen cloesly and you'll notice how even though they're singing different lines in the duet they share the occasional work or sylable which gives it a wonderful ebb and flow.

Song lyrics: Everyone's a Hero.  OMG what a cheeze head!.  The lines throughout are brilliant, topped with \"If you're not a friggin tard you will prevail\", and \"WAAAAAY\".

Best single Lyric: \"When I hand her the keys to a shiny new Australia\".  The chair plus NPH's wrist flip totally rock that scene.  (Also, is this a nod to Superman 2 where Lex Luthor is requesting Australia as a reward for helping general Zod?)

I'm so geeked on DrH that I have the entire show memorised (although verse 2 of Brand New Day still trips me up 🙂

August 19, 2008
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Fav. Songs: 1) Brand New Day 2) Laundry Day 3) Penny's Song

August 21, 2008
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eand said:


With On the Rise (my overall favorite), I admire how the writers not only rhymned the words, but they had Billy and Penny singing the same word at the same time in 3 places, but, of course, the words had an opposite meaning/effect.  The words were “part” (or “apart”) ”heart” and one other that I can't recall.  That is so amazing I think.  With Penny I think it was “if we all do our part” and Billy was singing about something “torn apart”.  She's talking about building something, a kinder world, and he's talking about destroying something.


The third \"echo\" was the word \"sound,\" again used two different ways: Penny referring to security and protection, and Billy to the noise of a breaking heart.

I love how the counterpoint in this song starts out entirely dissimilar, then pulls tighter and tighter together until the chorus, which is nearly identical.  It really highlights the similarities and differences of the two characters.

August 22, 2008
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i like \"Brand New Day\" , but then again , i like \"Man Got to do..\" , and \"everyone's a hero..\" good stuff...can't wait for the CD and DVD

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August 23, 2008
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On the rise

Looove that song for everything in it.

I find the last chorus very powerful, not only because it's catchy as hell and their voices sound so damn beautiful together, but especially because of Harris emotional acting skills while singing. It really gives it something extra. Almost brings tears to my eyes everytime i watch that part.

That being said, I love pretty much every single song in Dr Horrible's..

Best musical ever.

And yes, I've SEEN Grease. :0)

August 23, 2008
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The funniest lyrics are sung by Hammer.

So they say

“This is so nice”

“I just might sleep with the same girl twice”

“They say it's better the second time”

“They say you get to do the weird stuff” (The look on his face is priceless)

Everyone's a hero

“Everyone's a hero in their own way”

“You and you and mostly me, and you”

“I’m poverty’s new sheriff”
“And I’m bashing in the slums”
“A hero doesn’t care if you’re”
“A bunch of sca-ry al-co-ho-lic bums” *Points at someone in the crowd*

“Everybody!”

“Everyone’s a hero in their own way”
“Everyone can blaze a hero’s trail”
“Don’t worry if it’s hard”
“If you’re not a friggin tard”
“You will prevail”

The way Hammer continues singing the last word in the song after being frozen is hilarious.

 

August 28, 2008
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gomi said:

“Freeze Ray” just kills me every time, too funny…

“with my Freeze Ray I will STOP…

the pain”


Oh my god, that line in particular kills me everytime.  So melodramatic and boy band-esque.

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I bring you pain (the kind you can't suffer quietly), fire up your brain, remind you (inside your rioting) society is slipping.

I just love the way it sounds. (Particularly the word “society is”. “your disguise is” didn't have the same impact.)

I like all of Doctor Horrible's Song the best. The tensioned dissonance (DH versus the crowd's lack of understanding — talking to a brick wall) followed by deliberate agression (DH frightening the crowd) followed by uncertain dissonance (DH versus Billy's conscience).

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