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Nobody’s Side from Chess

While not a belief you may want to teach your children, sometimes I feel this way…

6 responses

  1. Interesting to contrast the lyrics from “Nobody’s Side” with these lyrics from the same musical. Makes you think…

    I’m on the case, I can’t be fooled
    Any objection is overruled.
    Yes, I’m the Arbiter and I know best
    (He’s impartial, don’t push him. He’s unimpressed.)
    You’ve got your tricks, good for you
    But there’s no gambit I don’t see through.
    I’m the Arbiter and I know the score
    From square one, I’ll be watching all sixty-four.

    I love Chess. It’s my second fav Tim Rice musical (after Cats!) I was listening to it over and over when I did this pic:

    …but I think it was “Pity the Child” and “Merano” that I enjoyed most.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    • There you are!! I MISH YOU!
      Wait, I am seeing a similarity in the themes of these two songs, not a contrast. What am I missing? Have you heard other Chess recordings with different casts? None are better than this one by Judy Kuhn. Your piccie is SO nice. 😀

      September 26, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      • Heya hon,

        Miss you too! Work and RL are keeping me waaay busy, unfortunately. I haven’t even worked on the current picture I have in process for a month or more now.

        I felt that the themes in the two songs contrasted because the first one was predicated on the idea that everyone has an agenda and there is no such thing as neutrality (nobody’s on nobody’s side) whereas the second song is about the match Arbiter asserting that he’s so neutral and impartial that it hurts. (Well hurts everyone but him.)

        The recording of Chess I have is the one with Elaine Paige and Murray Head doing “Nobody’s on Nobody’s Side”, because of course, NOBODY does “One Night in Bangkok” like Murray Head does. 😀

        September 26, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      • Ah I was almost there with understanding the contrast but my brain stopped just short 😛 Of course MH is best for Bangkok, but did you hear THIS version of Nobody’s Side? If not, I insist you listen!
        What other musicals did Rice do besides Jesus Christ Super Star & Cats? Did he do Phantom?

        September 27, 2011 at 12:04 am

  2. You are so totally right. Judy Kuhn does an awesome job!

    Tim Rice was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-time writing partner, so he also worked on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Evita, etc… He also did Disney’s “The Lion King” (with Elton John) and the Broadway version of “Beauty and the Beast”

    September 27, 2011 at 12:41 am

    • OH that’s right, I knew that.. I listened to Elain Paige’s version out of curiosity and it was very similar. I think Judy Kuhn has a somewhat more powerful delivery, but the version of Bangkok that came with that cast was so lame. So happy to share with you!

      September 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

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