Andrew Lloyd Webber
Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory
She is smiling alone
In the lamplight
The withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan
Memory, all alone in the moonlight
I can dream of the old days
Life was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again
Every street lamp seems to beat
A fatalistic warning
Someone mutters and the street lamp sputters
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 day will begin
Burnt out ends of smoky days
The stale court smell of morning
A street lamp dies
Another night is over
Another day is dawning
It is so easy to leave me
All alone with my memory
Of my days in the sun
If you'll touch me,
You'll understand what happiness is
Look, a new day has begun...
Memory / Cats
The story of Memory begins with the idea for Cats, back in 1977. In that year
Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a copy of T.S Eliot's book of poems -- poems
that his mother had read to him as a child.
Lloyd Webber's usual way of working was first to create a melody and then add
lyrics. But he was curious if he could work the process the other way around. He
wanted to compose melodies for the words of these Eliot poems that he loved
and turn them into song.
T.S Eliot's widow, Valerie, gave Trevor Nunn and Cameron Mackintosh (director
and producer for the project) some manuscripts of extra materials her husband
had written. These were poems and fragments that hadn't been included in the
The main inspiration for Cats came with the discovery of one particular poem
fragment called "Grizabella the Glamour Cat". There were only eight lines, but
that was enough inspiration for the team to create the show's entire storyline.
Two weeks before the 11 May opening, Lloyd Webber was concerned that the new show lacked a big
hit song. So for this one song, Lloyd Webber went back to his normal habit and wrote the melody first,
before a lyric was created.
Trevor Nunn then produced a lyric, based on T.S Eliot's poem "Rhapsody on a Windy Night" and the
song Memory, sung by Grizabella the Glamour Cat, came to life -- just barely in time for opening night.
As audience response soon proved, Cats most definitely had its hit song!