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Once More, with Feeling/Lyrics

Last edited on September 19, 2011
by Hal Jordan (GL)

Lyrics to the songs in the episode "Once More, with Feeling":


Going Through The Motions

(Buffy Summers, Demons)

BUFFY:
Every single night
The same arrangement
I go out and fight the fight
Still, I always feel the strange estrangement
Nothing here is real
Nothing here is right

I've been making shows of trading blows
Just hoping no one knows
That I've been going through the motions
Walking through the part
Nothing seems to penetrate my heart

I was always brave and kind of righteous
Now I find I'm wavering
Crawl out of your grave
You find this fight just doesn't mean a thing

VAMP:
She ain't got that swing

BUFFY:
Thanks for noticing

VAMPS AND GOAT DEMON:
She is pretty well with fiends from hell
But lately, we can tell
That she's just going through the motions (Going through the motions)
Faking it some how

GOAT DEMON:
She's not even half the girl she...ow.

BUFFY:
Will I stay this way forever?
Sleepwalk through my life's endeavor?

VERY HANDSOME GUY:
How can I repay—

BUFFY:
Whatever.
I don't want to be
Going through the motions
Losing all my drive
I can't even see
If this is really me
And I just want to be
Alive!

I've Got a Theory/Bunnies/If We're Together

(Rupert Giles, Xander Harris, Anya Jenkins, Tara Maclay, Willow Rosenberg, Buffy)

GILES:
I've got a theory
That it's a demon
A dancing demon!
No, something isn't right there.

WILLOW:
I've got a theory
Some kid is dreaming
And we're all stuck inside his wacky Broadway nightmare

XANDER:
I've got a theory
We should work this out

ANYA, TARA, WILLOW, AND XANDER:
It's getting eerie
What's this cheery singing all about?

XANDER:
It could be witches!
Some evil witches!
Which is ridiculous
'cause witches they were persecuted
and Wicca good and love the earth and woman power
and I'll be over here.

ANYA:
I've got a theory!
It could be bunnies!

(Silence. Crickets chirping.)

TARA:
I've got a—

ANYA (belting):
Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes!
They've got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses!
And what's with all the carrots?
What do they need such good eyesight for anyway?
Bunnies!
Bunnies!
It must be bunnies!
(Pyrotechnics.)
...Or maybe midgets.

WILLOW:
I've got a theory we should work this fast—

WILLOW AND GILES:
Because it clearly could get serious before it's passed.

BUFFY:
I've got a theory
It doesn't matter...
What can't we face if we're together?
What's in this place that we can't weather?
Apocalypse?
We've all been there
The same old trips
Why should we care?

BUFFY, ANYA, GILES, TARA, WILLOW, AND XANDER:
What can't we do if we get in it?
We'll work it through within a minute
We have to try
We'll pay the price
It's do or die

BUFFY:
Hey, I've died twice.

(Giles lyrics are echoing the others' lyrics.)
BUFFY, ANYA, TARA, WILLOW, AND XANDER:
What can't we face if we're together?

GILES:
What can't we face?

BUFFY, ANYA, TARA, WILLOW, AND XANDER:
What's in this place we can't weather?

GILES:
If we're together...

BUFFY, ANYA, TARA, WILLOW, AND XANDER:
There's nothing we can't face

ANYA:
...Except for bunnies.

The Mustard

(Mustard Man (David Fury))

MAN:
They got the mustard out!

CHORUS:
They got the mustard out!

Under Your Spell

(Tara)

TARA:
I lived my life in shadow
Never the sun on my face
It didn't seem so sad, though
I figured that was my place
Now I'm bathed in light
Something just isn't right

I'm under your spell
How else could it be
Anyone would notice me?
It's magic, I can tell
How you've set me free
Brought me out so easily

I saw a world enchanted
Spirits and charms in the air
I always took for granted
I was the only one there
But your power's shone
Brighter than any of I've known.

I'm under your spell
Nothing I can do
You just took my soul with you
You worked your charms so well
Finally, I knew
Everything I dreamed was true
You made me believe...

GIRLS:
Ahhhh, ahhh, ahhh. (etc...)

TARA:
The moon to the tide
I can feel you inside
I'm under your spell
Surging like the sea
Drawn to you so helplessly
I break with every swell
Lost in ecstasy
Spread beneath my willow tree
You make me complete!
You make me complete
You make me complete

I’ll Never Tell

(Xander & Anya)

XANDER (Speaking):
Well, I can do an omelet, I've almost got that...

ANYA:
This is the man that I intend to entangle
Isn't he fine?
My claim to fame was to maim and to mangle
Vengeance was mine!

But I'm out of the biz
The name I made, I'll trade for his
The only trouble is—
I'll never tell.

XANDER:
She is the one
She's such wonderful fun
Such passion and grace
Warm in the night when I'm right in her tight - -
Embrace! Tight embrace!

I'll never let her go
The love we've known can only grow
There's just one thing that—
No. I'll never tell.

ANYA AND XANDER:
Cause there's nothing to tell.

ANYA:
He snores

XANDER:
She wheezes

ANYA:
Say "housework" and he freezes

XANDER:
She eats these skeezy cheeses that I can't describe

ANYA:
I talk; he breezes

XANDER:
She doesn't know what "please" is

ANYA:
His penis got diseases from a Chumash tribe!

ANYA AND XANDER:
The vibe gets kind of scary

XANDER:
Like she thinks I'm ordinary

ANYA:
Like it's all just temporary

XANDER:
Like her toes are kind of hairy

ANYA AND XANDER:
But it's all very well
Cause, God knows, I'll never tell!

ANYA:
When things get rough, he
Just hides behind his Buffy!
Now look, he's getting huffy
Cause he knows that I know.

XANDER:
She clings
She's needy
She's also really greedy
She never—

ANYA:
His eyes are beady!

XANDER:
This is my verse, hello?
She—

(Music Turns Funky)
ANYA (Spoken):
Look at me! I'm dancing crazy!

(They both do funky dancing)

ANYA AND XANDER:
You know

XANDER:
You're quite the charmer

ANYA:
My knight in armor

XANDER:
You're the cutest of the Scoobies
With your lips as red as rubies
And your firm, yet supple—
Tight embrace!

(More funky music and dancing)

ANYA:
He's swell

XANDER:
She's sweller

ANYA:
He'll always be my feller

XANDER:
That's why I'll never tell her that I'm petrified

ANYA:
I've read this tale
There's wedding, then betrayal
And I know there'll come the day I'll want to run and hide

ANYA AND XANDER:
I lied
I said it's easy
I've tried
But there's these fears I can't quell

XANDER:
Is she looking for a pot of gold?

ANYA:
Will I look good when I've gotten old?

XANDER:
Will our lives become too stressful if I'm never that successful?

ANYA:
Will I get so worn and wrinkly that I look like David Brinkley?

XANDER:
Am I crazy?

ANYA:
Am I dreamin'?

XANDER:
Am I marrying a demon?

ANYA AND XANDER:
We can really raise the beam in making marriage a hell!

So, thank God, I'll never tell!
I swear, that I'll never tell

XANDER:
My lips are sealed

ANYA:
I take the Fifth

XANDER:
Nothing to see
Move it along

ANYA AND XANDER:
I'll never
Tell!

The Parking Ticket

(Parking Ticket Woman (Marti Noxon))

LADY:
I've been having a bad bad day.
C'mon won't you put that pad away?
I'm asking you, please, no
It isn't right, it isn't fair!
There was no parking anywhere
I think that hydrant wasn't there


Why can't you let it go?
I think I've paid more than my share
I'm just a poor girl don't you care?
Hey, I'm not wearing underwear.

Rest In Peace

(Spike)

SPIKE:
I died
So many years ago
But you can make me feel
Like it isn't so
And why you come to be with me
I think I finally know
Mmmm

You're scared
Ashamed of what you feel
And you can't tell the ones you love
You know they couldn't deal
Whisper in a dead man's ear,
It doesn't make it real

That's great—
But I don't want to play
'Cuz being with you touches me
More than I can say
But since I'm only dead to you
I'm saying stay away
And let me rest in peace

Let me rest in peace
Let me get some sleep
Let me take my love and bury it
In a hole six foot deep
I can lay my body down
But I can't find my sweet release
So, let me rest in peace

You know, you've got a willing slave
And you just love to play the thought like you might misbehave
But 'til you do
I'm telling you
Stop visiting my grave
And let me rest in peace

I know I should go
But I follow you like a man possessed
There's a traitor here beneath my breast
And it hurts me more than you've ever guessed
If my heart could beat, it would break my chest
But I can see you're unimpressed
So, leave me be

And let me rest in peace
Let me get some sleep
Let me take my love and bury it
In a hole six foot deep
I can lay my body down
But I can't find my sweet release
Let me rest in peace
Why won't you let me rest in peace?

Dawn's Lament

(Dawn Summers)

DAWN:
Does anybody even notice?
Does anybody even care?

What You Feel

(Sweet & Dawn)

SWEET:
Why'd you run away?
Don't you like my style?
Why don't you come and play?
I guarantee a great big smile

I come from the imagination
And I'm here strictly by your invocation
So what do you say?
Why don't we dance awhile?

I'm the heart of swing
I'm the twist and shout
When you gotta sing,
When you gotta let it out
You call me and I come a-running
I turn the music on; I bring the fun in
Now, we're partying
That's what it's all about

'Cuz I know, what you feel, girl
I know just what you feel, girl

DAWN (spoken):
Oh, so you're like a good demon? Bringing the fun in?

SWEET:

All these melodies, they go on too long
Then that energy starts to come on way too strong
All those hearts lay open; that must sting
Plus, some customers just die combusting
That's the penalty when life is but a song

You brought me down and doomed this town
So, when we blow this scene,
Back we will go to my kingdom below and you will be my queen
Cuz I know what you feel, girl

DAWN:
No, you see
You and me
Wouldn't be very regal

SWEET:
I'll make it real, girl

DAWN:
What I mean
I'm fifteen
So, this queen thing's illegal

SWEET:
I can bring whole cities to ruin
And still have time to get a soft-shoe in

DAWN:
Well, that's great
But I'm late
And I'd hate to delay her

SWEET:
Something's cooking, I'm at the griddle
I bought Nero his very first fiddle

DAWN:
She'll get pissed
If I'm missed
See, my sister's the Slayer...

SWEET (spoken):
The Slayer?

DAWN (spoken):
Yuh-huh.

SWEET:
(spoken)
Find her. Tell her...tell her everything. Just get her here. I want to see the Slayer burn.
(sung)
Now we're partying
That's what it's all about

Standing

(Giles)

GILES:
You're not ready for the world outside
You keep pretending, but you just can't hide
I know I said that I'd be standing by your side
But I...

Your path's unbeaten and it's all uphill
And you can meet it, but you never will
And I'm the reason that you're standing still
But I...

I wish I could say the right words to lead you through this land
Wish I could play the father and take you by the hand
Wish I could stay
But now I understand
I'm standing in the way

The cries around you, you don't hear at all
'Cuz you know I'm here to take that call
So you just lie there when you should be standing tall
But I...

I wish I could lay your arms down
And let you rest at last
Wish I could slay your demons
But now that time has passed
Wish I could stay your stalwart, standing fast
But I'm standing in the way
I'm just standing in the way


Under Your Spell/Standing - Reprise

(Tara & Giles)

TARA:
I'm under your spell
God, how can this be?
Playing with my memory
You know I've been through hell
Willow, don't you see?
There'll be nothing left of me
You made me believe

GILES (overlaps with Tara's last word):
Believe me, I don't wanna go

GILES AND TARA:
And it'll grieve me, cuz I love you so
But we both know

(Giles' and Tara's following verses overlap)
GILES:
Wish I could say
The right words
To lead you through this land
Wish I could play the father
And take you by the hand

TARA:
Wish I could trust just that it was just this once
But I must do what I must
I can't adjust to this disgust
We're done and I just

GILES AND TARA:
Wish I could stay
Wish I could stay
Wish I could stay
Wish I could stay


Walk Through The Fire

(Buffy, Spike, Sweet, Giles, Xander, Anya, Tara, Willow)

BUFFY:
I touch the fire and it freezes me
I look into it and it's black
Why can't I feel?
My skin should crack and peel
I want the fire back

Now, through the smoke she calls to me
To make my way across the flame
To save the day or maybe melt away
I guess it's all the same

So, I will walk through the fire
Cause where else can I turn?
I will walk through the fire
And let it—

SPIKE:
The torch I bear is scorching me
And Buffy's laughing I've no doubt
I hope she fries
I'm free if that bitch dies!
I better help her out...

SWEET:
Cause she is drawn to the fire

SWEET: Some people never learn / SPIKE: She will never learn

SPIKE AND SWEET:
And she will walk through the fire
And let it—

GILES:
Will this do a thing to change her?
Am I leaving Dawn in danger?
Is my slayer too far gone to care?

XANDER:
What if Buffy can't defeat it?

ANYA:
Beady Eyes is right
We're needed!
...Or we could just sit around and glare

ANYA, GILES, TARA, WILLOW, AND XANDER:
We'll see it through
It's what we're always here to do
So, we will walk through the fire...

(Buffy and Tara's following verses overlap.)
BUFFY:
So one by one, they turn from me TARA:
I guess my friends can't face the cold What can't we face
But why I froze, not one among them knows If we're together?
And never can be told


(These three parts are sung mostly in unison.)

PART I

ANYA:
She came from the grave much graver

SPIKE:
First, he'll kill her, then I'll save her

TARA:
Everything is turning out so dark

SPIKE:
No, I'll save her, then I'll kill her

WILLOW:
I think this line's mostly filler

GILES:
What's it going to take to strike a spark?

PART II

BUFFY:
Going through the motions
Walking through the part
These endless days are finally ending in a blaze

PART III

SWEET:
So one by one, they come to me
The distant redness as their guide
That single flame
Ain't what they had in mind
It's what they have inside.
She will come to me!

BUFFY, ANYA, GILES, SPIKE, TARA, WILLOW, AND XANDER:
And we are caught in the fire
At the point of no return
So we will walk through the fire
And let it
Burn
Let it burn
Let it burn!
LET IT BURN!

Something to Sing About

(Buffy)

BUFFY:
Life's a show
And we all play our parts
And when the music starts
We open up our hearts

It's all right
If some things come out wrong
We'll sing a happy song
And you can sing along

Where's there's life
There's hope, everyday's a gift
Wishes can come true
Whistle while you work
So hard all day
To be like other girls
To fit in in this glittering world

Don't give me songs

GILES (spoken):
She needs backup. Anya, Tara...

BUFFY:
Don't give me songs
Give me something to sing about (ANYA AND TARA: Ahhhhh...)
I need something to sing about

Life's a song
You don't get to rehearse
And every single verse
Can make it that much worse

Still, my friends don't know why I ignore
The million things or more
I should be dancing for

All the joy, life sends
Family and friends
All the twists and bends
Knowing that it ends
Well, that depends
On if they let you go
On if they know enough to know
That when you've bowed
You leave the crowd

There was no pain
No fear, no doubt
'Till they pulled me out
Of Heaven
So that's my refrain
I live in Hell
'Cause I've been expelled
From Heaven
I think I was
In Heaven

So, give me something to sing about
Please
Give me something

SPIKE:
Life's not a song
Life isn't bliss
Life is just this
It's living
You'll get along
The pain that you feel
You only can heal
By living
You have to go on living
So one of us is living

DAWN (spoken):
The hardest thing in this world is to live in it.


What You Feel - Reprise

(Sweet)

What a lot of fun
You guys have been real swell
And there's not a one
Who can say this ended well

All those secrets
You've been concealing
Say you're happy now,
Once more with feeling
Now I gotta run
See you all in hell!


Where Do We Go From Here?

(Dawn, Buffy, Spike, Giles, Xander, Anya, Tara, Willow)

DAWN:
Where do we go from here?

BUFFY AND SPIKE:
Where do we go from here?

GILES:
The battle's done and we kind of won

GILES AND TARA:
So we sound our victory cheer
Where do we go from here?

ANYA AND XANDER:
Why is the path unclear
When we know hope is near?

ANYA, BUFFY, DAWN, GILES, SPIKE, TARA, WILLOW, AND XANDER:
Understand we'll go hand in hand, but we'll walk alone in fear

GILES:
Tell me!

ANYA, BUFFY, DAWN, GILES, SPIKE, TARA, WILLOW, AND XANDER:
Where do we go from here?

When does the end appear?

SPIKE (spoken):
Bugger this.

ANYA, BUFFY, DAWN, GILES, TARA, WILLOW, AND XANDER:
When do the trumpets cheer?

ANYA, DAWN, GILES, TARA, WILLOW, AND XANDER:
The curtains close on a kiss
God knows,
you can tell the end is near
Where do we go from here?

Coda

(Dawn, Buffy, Spike, Giles, Xander, Anya, Tara, Willow)

(Buffy's and Spike's verses overlap.)

BUFFY:
I touch the fire and it freezes me
I look into it and it's black
This isn't real
But I just want to feel

SPIKE:
I died so many years ago
You can make me feel

(Buffy and Spike kiss and then the curtains close)

ANYA, DAWN, GILES, TARA, WILLOW, AND XANDER:
(Gradually getting louder)
Where do we go from here?