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"Cats" and all related things are the property of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Really Useful Group, and related parties. Lyrics are taken from and based off "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and other poems by T.S. Eliot, with additions by Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe. No copyright infringement is intended.
The Moments of Happiness
Sung by: Old Deuteronomy, Jemima and The Company (London, Video)
Old Deuteronomy and Tantomile (Broadway)
Old Deuteronomy and The Company (Australia)
Original London Cast
Original Broadway Cast
Original Australian Cast
Video
The moments of happiness...
We had the experience but missed the meaning,
And approach to the meaning restores the experience
In a different form, beyond any meaning
We can assign to happiness
The past experience revived in the meaning
Is not the experience of one life only
But of many generations - Not forgetting
Something that is probably quite ineffable


Moonlight; Turn your face to the moonlight,
Let your memory lead you
Open up, enter in
If you find there the meaning of what happiness is
Then a new life will begin.


Moonlight; Turn your face to the moonlight
Let your memory lead you
Open up, enter in
If you find there the meaning of what happiness is
Then a new life will begin.

The moments of happiness...
We had the experience but missed the meaning,
And approach to the meaning restores the experience
In a different form, beyond any meaning
We can assign to happiness
The past experience revived in the meaning
Is not the experience of one life only
But of many generations - Not forgetting
Something that is probably quite ineffable


Moonlight; Turn your face to the moonlight,
Let your memory lead you
Open up, enter in
If you find there the meaning of what happiness is
Then a new life will begin.

The moments of happiness...
We had the experience but missed the meaning,
And approach to the meaning restores the experience
In a different form, beyond any meaning
We can assign to happiness
The past experience revived in the meaning
Is not the experience of one life only
But of many generations - Not forgetting
Something that is probably quite ineffable


Moonlight; Turn your face to the moonlight,
Let your memory lead you
Open up, enter in
If you find there the meaning of what happiness is
Then a new life will begin.

The moments of happiness...
We had the experience but missed the meaning,
And approach to the meaning restores the experience
In a different form, beyond any meaning
We can assign to happiness
The past experience revived in the meaning
Is not the experience of one life only
But of many generations - Not forgetting
Something that is probably quite ineffable


Moonlight; Turn your face to the moonlight,
Let your memory lead you
Open up, enter in
If you find there the meaning of what happiness is
Then a new life will begin.


Moonlight; Turn your face to the moonlight
Let your memory lead you
Open up, enter in
If you find there the meaning of what happiness is
Then a new life will begin.

Notes

The song that opens up act two of the show. Unlike most of the other songs, the lyrics for this particular song were mostly taken from T.S. Eliot's poem "The Dry Salvages", the third of his Four Quartets.