If you happen to’ve watched Marriage Story on Netflix, you’ve most likely come to phrases with the truth that Adam Driver’s hotness is inescapable. If you happen to weren’t offered already, he’s out right here singing present tunes on this movie prefer it’s not going to destroy everyone.

Not solely does he sound nice, however the music, “Being Alive,” from Stephen Sondheim’s musical Firm, is possibly one of the vital emotional songs of all time. The lyrics will smack you proper within the feels each time you hear them.

Firm is a collection of vignettes that takes place inside an existential disaster a person named Bobby is having on his 35th birthday. He’s the final single man in his pal group, which suggests he lives in a continuing state of being “firm” when he goes to go to them and, in flip, has no person to maintain him firm.

When all his married pals throw him a shock get together, he flashes again to numerous conversations he’s had with them about marriage, dates he’s been on, and one pal he desperately proposed to in order that “everybody will go away us alone.”



On the finish of the musical, Bobby is as pissed off as ever and doesn’t even perceive why individuals wish to get married within the first place. The characters in Marriage Story, who’ve simply gone by means of a divorce, would possibly agree. “What do you get?” Bobby asks after which begins itemizing every little thing he thinks is damaging and stifling about monogamy:

Somebody to carry you too shut / Somebody to harm you too deep / Somebody to take a seat in your chair / And smash your sleep

Between every of those first verses, Bobby’s married pals shout out encouraging phrases like, “You’re on to one thing,” “Add ’em up,” and “You’ve acquired so many causes for not being with somebody, however you haven’t acquired one good purpose for being alone”—which Adam’s character hilariously acts out in Marriage Story (and why I defined the plot above, as a result of in any other case that feels sort of random within the film). Solely a real theater nerd provides the dialogue at karaoke.

Somebody to wish you an excessive amount of / Somebody to know you too nicely / Somebody to tug you up brief / And put you thru hell

There’s one thing barely truncated about these verses, like one thing has been overlooked. There’s a purpose for that, which I’ll get to in a sizzling second.

Somebody it’s important to let in / Somebody whose emotions you spare / Somebody who, prefer it or not / Will need you to share / Slightly, lots

Within the final verse of the primary half, Bobby has his breakthrough second. You may inform as a result of he completes the verse with the phrase “being alive.” We’ve heard the “being alive” tune enjoying over the dialogue elements already, however now Bobby really figures out what he’s making an attempt to convey and sings it.



Somebody to crowd you with love / Somebody to power you to care / Somebody to make you come by means of / Who’ll all the time be there, as frightened as you / Of being alive / Being alive, being alive, being alive

Then, truthfully considering what he really needs, Bobby begins the music over. There aren’t any interruptions this time, no different voices in his head providing recommendation. That is all Bobby, and the identical “damaging qualities” about marriage from earlier than develop into wishes.

Any individual maintain me too shut / Any individual damage me too deep / Any individual sit in my chair / And smash my sleep / And make me conscious of being alive / Being alive

Charlie goes by means of an identical change whereas singing this music in Marriage Story. He begins off sort of making enjoyable of the music, after which the phrases begin to resonate and he will get actually into it. You may’t escape the emotional energy of “Being Alive.”



Any individual want me an excessive amount of / Any individual know me too nicely / Any individual pull me up brief / And put me by means of hell / And provides me assist / For being alive / Make me alive, make me alive

Make me confused, mock me with reward / Make me really feel used, fluctuate my days / However alone is alone, not alive

Any individual crowd me with love / Any individual power me to care / Any individual make me come by means of / I’ll all the time be there / As frightened as you / To assist us survive / Being alive / Being alive, being alive, being alive, being alive

A number of instances, when individuals cowl “Being Alive,” they solely do the second half. The primary half is crucial, although, for Bobby in Firm and Charlie in Marriage Story to go on that journey and actually ponder what marriage can be when it’s proper.

Whereas it might sound random at first, the music actually is sensible within the context of the film. There’s nothing incorrect with having somewhat cry and falling in love with Adam simply that rather more, proper?


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