Anatomy of Great Lyric Poetry “All I Ask of You” From Phantom of Opera

I like the lyric poetry “All I ask of you” from Phantom of Opera so much that I did an analyze line by line for fun. I cannot believe Andrew Lloyd Webber is not only a great composer, but also a gifted poet. The words he has chosen in the lyrics showcase his imaginative and creative mind. No wonder why the song “All I Ask of You” is loved by so many people in the world.

 

[RAOUL]
No more talk of darkness ————————–“Darkness “means sad feeling, pain or fear…….You imagine!
Forget these wide-eyed fears ———————-“Wide-eyed fears”  means panic or distress
I’m here, nothing can harm you
My words will warm and calm you—————-Here, “My words” are so creative.
Let me be your freedom —————————“Be your freedom“. Me = freedom, excellent choice!
Let daylight dry your tears————————“Daylight” is used as a person, very creative!
I’m here, with you, beside you——————–“With you, beside you“, so detail, so gentle and soft.
To guard you and to guide you——————-“Guard” and “Guide”,  sound so manly and heroically

[CHRISTINE]
Say you love me every waking moment
Turn my head with talk of summertime——–“Talk of summertime” give you an endless imagination……
Say you need me with you now and always—–“Now and always” sum up their lifetime romance.
Promise me that all you say is true
That’s all I ask of you

[RAOUL]
Let me be your shelter —————————-“Be your shelter“.  A metaphor of protection
Let me be your light——————————-“Be your light“. A metaphor of happiness and bright future.
You’re safe, no one will find you
Your fears are far behind you

[CHRISTINE]
All I want is freedom
A world with no more night————–“No more night” means “no more darkness”
And you, always beside me
To hold me and to hide me

[RAOUL]
Then say you’ll share with me
one love, one lifetime ———————“One love, one lifetime“. Simple words, yet very striking.
Let me lead you from your solitude
Say you need me with you, here beside you
Anywhere you go, let me go too
Christine, That’s all I ask of you.

[CHRISTINE]
Say you’ll share with me
One love, one lifetime
Say the word and I will follow you

[TOGETHER]
Share each day with me
Each night, each morning
Say you love me [CHRISTINE]
You know I do[RAOUL]

[BOTH]
Anywhere you go, Let me go too
Love me, that all I ask of you

 

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