Getting Stronger Every Day, from Realities (Day 18)

Anna and Alex couldn’t be more unlike one another, but Anna has taken on the challenge of rehabilitating the stubborn, passionate Alex. By the fourth song of Realities, she feels like they’re starting to make some progress. The singers are Deirdre Finnegan and Matt Cloran.

Alex, you’ve been through hell,
Yet in spite of everything, you’re doing very well.
Don’t you know we’ve made tremendous progress?
I’m not joking when I say
You’re getting stronger every day!

I know it’s taken years.
More than once I thought I caught you fighting back the tears.
Even so, the therapy is working
And I know you’ll be okay!
You’re getting stronger every day!

Ever since we started,
You’ve been down-hearted.
You can be the moodiest of men.
Got to get you moving
To keep improving.
Soon we’ll have you on your feet
And feeling once again.

Please trust me,
I’ll see you through.
Am I ever gonna get the chance to dance with you?
Go ahead and laugh at me for saying this,
But every night I pray
It won’t be long.
We can’t go wrong
When you’re getting stronger every day.

ALEX
You torture me with hope.
The worst is better faced.
I’ve always been a wasteland
Down here, below the waist.
You say I’m making progress,
But would you please explain:
If I’m doing well,
Then why the hell am I in so much pain?

ANNA
Really? That’s great! You DO feel!
Unblock the spine,
Unlock the brain.
There is no pleasure
If there is no chance for pain.
Restore the flow
Once more. You know
The body’s natural function is to feel!

Please trust me,
I’ll see you through.
Nothing matters more to me than finally helping you.
Go ahead and laugh at me for saying this,
But every night I pray
It won’t be long.
We can’t go wrong
When you’re getting stronger every day.

Anna, encouraged by Alex’s progress, tries to persuade him to take a trip into the city to see a show: an edgy new performance artist appearing at The Cutting Edge. What could go wrong? I’m afraid you’ll have to wait for Day 19 to learn the answer to that dramaturgical tease!

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