Created By: SuperTroper on July 9, 2012 Last Edited By: SuperTroper on July 10, 2012

Somewhere That's Green

A character sings about moving away to a better place.

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A sub-trope of the "I Want" Song. A character sings about moving to a specific place, usually in search of a better life. Differs from other IWantSongs that mention some sort of physical escape like the reprise of Belle in Beauty and the Beast in that they have a particular place in mind that actually exists within the universe of the story. The description of the place is usually heavily idealised.

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  • July 9, 2012
    abk0100
    I don't know if Little Shop of Horrors is the codifier. West Side Story's "Somewhere" was way earlier.
  • July 9, 2012
    unfound
    "Santa Fe" from Newsies.
  • July 9, 2012
    dathene
    Part of Your World from Little Mermaid?
  • July 9, 2012
    originalhobbit
    There's also Santa Fe from Rent, which was inspired by the newsies song.
  • July 10, 2012
    SuperTroper
    I don't think Somewhere counts because it's vague - it's not about Tony and Maria singing about moving to Nebraska or Texas or Tahiti so that they can start again, but about being in a non-specific "better place". Part of Your World is probably about as vague as this trope can get since Ariel is most likely referring to the kingdom that she can see from her corner of the ocean rather than anywhere else.

  • July 10, 2012
    SuperTroper
    Sal Tla Ka Siti from The Book Of Mormon is a parody of this trope.
  • July 10, 2012
    abk0100
    But "Somewhere That's Green" isn't referring to a real place. She's describing a totally imaginary home. Seems like splitting hairs not to include it.

    Anyway, there's "By the Sea" from Sweeney Todd.

    Think how snug it will be underneath our flannel,
    When it's just you and me and the English channel.
    In our cozy retreat kept all neat and tidy,
    We'll have chums over every Friday.
  • July 10, 2012
    Blubble
    Does it absolutely have to be a song or are prose, poetry or monologues included as well?
  • July 10, 2012
    TonyG
    "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" from The Wizard Of Oz.
  • July 10, 2012
    JohnDiFool
    Isn't this usually the Kiss Of Death? Okay, not that trope, you know the one where the character talks wistfully of where he wants to move to once "this is all over"-said character almost invariably dies before the end of the story.
  • July 10, 2012
    johnnye
    Wanderlust Song and/or Somewhere Song. We've got it covered :)
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