Sarah Brightman - Memory

Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her mem'ry?
She is smiling alone
In the lamplight
The withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan

All alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
Life was beautiful then
I remember
The time I knew what happiness was
Let the mem'ry live again

Ev'ry street lamp
Seems to beat
A fatalistic warning
Someone mutters
And a street lamp gutters
And soon it will be morning

I must wait for the sunrise
I must think of a new life
And I mustn't give in
When the dawn comes
Tonight will be a memory too
And a new life will begin

Burnt out ends of smokey days
The stale cold smell of morning
The street lamp dies
Another night is over
Another day is dawning

Touch me
It's so easy to leave me
All alone with my mem'ry
Of my days in the sun
If you touch me
You'll understand what happiness is
Look a new day has begun ...

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Lyrics: Trevor Nunn, after T.S. Eliot.
Show: "Cats" (1981/1992).

From: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection (1997).
Also on: Sings the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (1992), except for one small difference: in the 4th stanza Sarah sings "When the dawn comes ... And a new day will begin", as in the English lyrics of the original version -- thanks to Carlos Pineda for this info.
The song also appears on the Chinese version of Classics (2002?).

As Magnuno2K pointed out, Sarah has recorded the song in different keys for the different albums:

Source of the lyrics: thanks to Christian Fredriksen, who writes:
"This version of Memory was recorded in 1992, and my source of lyrics is the sheet music to Memory, published by Hal Leonard, only with minor corrections."

Sarah's CD Surrender, The unexpected songs contains an Italian version, called Piano.

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