"Green Finch and Linnet Bird"
"Green Finch and Linnet Bird"

"Green Finch and Linnet Bird" is a song of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.



The beautiful Judge Turpin's ward, Johanna (aka Sweeney Todd's daughter), expresses her unhappiness looking out of her window; a young sailor, Anthony Hope, falls in love with her at first sight.


Green finch and linnet bird

Nightingale, blackbird

How is it you sing?

How can you jubilate, sitting in cages,

Never taking wing?

Outside, the sky waits, beckoning, beckoning

Just beyond the bars

How can you remain, staring at the rain,

Maddened by the stars?

How is it you sing?


How is it you sing?

My cage has many rooms,

Damask and dark,

Nothing there sing, not even a lark

Larks never will, you know, when they're captive,

Teach me to be more adaptive!

Green finch and linnet bird,

Nightingale, blackbird

Teach me how to sing!

If I cannot fly,

Let me sing!


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