Sarah Brightman - Wishing you were somehow here again

You were once my one companion
You were all that mattered
You were once a friend and father
Then my world was shattered

Wishing you were somehow here again
Wishing you were somehow near
Sometimes it seemed if I just dreamed
Somehow you would be here

Wishing I could hear your voice again
Knowing that I never would
Dreaming of you won't help me to do
All that you dreamed I could

Passing bells and sculpted angels
Cold and monumental
Seem for you the wrong companions
You were warm and gentle

Too many years fighting back tears
Why can't the past just die?

Wishing you were somehow here again
Knowing we must say goodbye
Try to forgive, teach me to live
Give me the strength to try

No more memories, no more silent tears
No more gazing across the wasted years
Help me say goodbye
Help me say goodbye

Note: The fourth line could start with "When my world ...", but I do not think so; besides that, the music sheet of the The phantom of the opera has "Then my world ...". It certainly is not "While my world ..." as someone suggested.

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Lyrics: Charles Hart; additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe.
Show: "The phantom of the opera" (1986).
This is another highlight of Sarah's concert programme by her when she played Christine in "The phantom of the opera". Here it is newly recorded. [from the CD-booklet]

From: Surrender, The unexpected songs (1995)
and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection (1997).
Also on: Sings the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (1992), being a version recorded in 1992, whereas this version is recorded in 1995; the lyrics are the same, though.
and on: Live from Las Vegas (2004).

Source of the lyrics: thanks to Lauren.

The version of this song on Sarah's Royal Albert Hall concert video contains some text before the above lines, where the first part is sung and the rest is spoken. These lines are, with thanks to Ami for clearing up some uncertainties I had:

In sleep he sang to me,
In dreams he came ...
That voice which calls to me
And speaks my name ...

Little Lottie
Thought of everything and nothing ...

Her father promised her
That he would send her the angel of music
Her father promised her ...
Her father promised her ...

These lines are from the Phantom of the Opera. The spelling of"Lottie" varies: sometimes it is "Lotte" or "Lotti"; in the CD-booklet of the Phantom (Original London cast) it is "Lotte".
Christine Daaé is the main character of the story of the Phantom, a role originally played/sang by Sarah Brightman in the musical. Little Lottie is a character from stories Christine's father ysed to tell her as a child. And in a way it is also used as a nickname for Christine. That is also how Christine saw herself, as a child.
-- Thanks to Ami and Bjorn Handeland for info on this.

Different version

A very different, and certainly interesting, version of the song was performed by Sarah at the Royal Variety Performance in 1987.
===> Lyrics of that version


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