from Into the Woods
music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim


In the past when your mother was with child she developed an unusual appetite!
She took one look at my beautiful garden and told your father that what she wanted more than anything in the world was-
Greens Green and nothing but greens!
Parsley, Peppers, Cabbages, and Celery.
Asparagus and Watercress and Fiddle Fern and Lettuce.
He said "Alright!" But it wasn't quite cause I caught him in the autumn in my garden one night!
He was robbing me, Raping me. Rooting through my rutabaga, raiding my arugula,
ripping up the rampion my champion, my favorite!
I should have laid a spell on him right there!
Should have turned him into stone or a dog or chair...
But I let him have the rampion, I'd lots to spare. In return, however, I said: “ Fair is fair. You can let me have the baby that your wife will bear.... And we'll call it square.”
I thought I had been more than reasonable...but how was I to know what your father had also hidden in his pocket!
He had the beans. The special beans!
I let him go. I didn't know he'd stolen my beans! I was watching him crawl back over the wall and then BANG! CRASH! The lightning flash - and well that's another story, nevermind...
Anyway at last the big day came, I made my claim.
"Oh don't take away the baby!" They shrieked and screeched. But I did! And I hid her where she'll never be reached! Your father cried and your mother died.
And for extra measure, (I admit it was a pleasure) I said "Sorry I'm still not mollified"
and I laid a little spell on them. You too son! That your family tree will always be a barren one!
So...there's no more fuss and there's no more scenes and my garden thrives!
You should see my nectarines!
But I'm telling you the same I tell Kings and Queens
Don't ever never ever mess around with my greens! ESPECIALLY THE BEANS!


from A Little Knight Music, released July 5, 2017




Jacqueline Novikov Boston, Massachusetts

Soprano Jacqueline Novikov, founder of Forma Music, is dedicated to entertaining and educating audiences through classical vocal music. She uses music's powerful language to express life's humorous, serious, mundane and sacred truths. Jacqueline holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. ... more

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