The Top 10 Songs by Stephen Sondheim

By Ben Rimalower
28 Sep 2013

8. "Now You Know"

 



 

It's harder for group production numbers featuring multiple characters to work outside the musicals they were written for, but "Now You Know" from Merrily We Roll Along is one that does. Don't believe me? Listen to Betty Buckley's terrific rendition on her "Live at Carnegie Hall" album. For the one thing, the issues being addressed in this deceptively buoyant song are universal quandaries relatable for everybody, and the sort of congregational call-and-response style means that the back-and-forth lyrics make sense without knowing the plot of the show. "Now You Know" is a song like no other, offering a unique vision for a life, "letting go your illusions" and still "rolling along."

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