Thursday, November 17, 2011

Annie, I don't need anything but you

Annie was on TV a few nights ago.  Of course I own the DVD, but there is something about it being on television that makes it extra exciting.  Annie is the first musical I saw on stage and I have the Playbill hung in my home. I love this story. My phone started blowing up with text messages from friends alerting me that it was on ABC Family (most of these friends have kids ).    So there I spent the rest of my night singing and dancing along and knowing every line just about word for word.  
"Leapin' Lizards!"
"Oh Punjab, help!"
"A child without courage is like a night without stars!" 
Then came the final scene of Daddy Warbucks and Annie singing a duet while tap dancing, holding hands, and it hit me.  I unexpectedly found it somewhat disturbing.  I wonder how Annie ended up?  She must be kinda messed up, right?  I mean after singing and tap dancing with her new rich Daddy I don't need anyone but you?  It must have given her a big head.  No way this girl is married and if she is the poor husband. How could he live up to Daddy Warbucks?

Warbucks & Annie: Together at last, together forever. We're tying a knot, that never can sever
Warbucks: I don't need sunshine now to turn my skies a blue
Warbucks & Annie:  I don't need anything but you
Warbucks: You've wrapped me around, that cute little finger.  You've made life a song.  You've made me the singer
Annie:  And what's the bathtub tune? You always bu-bu-boo
Warbucks & Annie:  Bu-bu-bu, anything but you

I've seen this move more times then I can count, and this time I saw it in a new light. Funny how as we age we see things differently. 


  1. At the risk of sounding like a culturally sheltered dweeb, I'm going to admit that I've never actually seen Annie. I may have to put that one on the list.

  2. I have always wanted to work the phrase "Leapin' lizards!" into my vernacular. Thank you for reminding me to do this.

  3. I grew up watching Annie, and I'm pretty sure I was an extra in the play... timeless story.

  4. I never thought of it before, but you're exactly right. That song is over the top happy ending...and hints of Freud's Electra complex. It's an orphan's fantasy come true, and also the young girl's wish to one day marry her daddy. Its the responsibility of the father figure to not encourage that kind of fantasizing...but now I'm over analyzing a classic that I really do love. Next time I see it I'm sure it will blow my mind. Thanks for sharing this insight!

  5. This was my very favorite musical as a child. I so wanted to be Annie. Not really a huge fan of this version, though Carol Burnett was brilliant. Our local children's theatre is doing a performance of this show in the Spring. Peanut is just as excited as I am about seeing it. My apple doesn't fall far from the tree, though she's more of a nut. :)