F is “For Good”

From time to time, there are songs that come around that have the potential to speak to us straight to the heart and touch our soul. These can sound different and vary depending on our stage in life or current circumstance, but somehow the combination of meaningful words along with melodic sounds is able to evoke a response in us. For me, one of these songs that affects me so strongly is “For Good”.

This song is one of the hit musical numbers from the hit Broadway musical “Wicked”, but I actually first heard it on the television show “Glee” performed by Lea Michele & Chris Colfer. I have since listened to the original duo (Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel) performance, as well as a live performance when the show came to Mirvish in Toronto*, and I have come to a conclusion: it doesn’t matter who sings it or how many times I hear it, this song still has the same effect on me and it has only caused me to love it even more! Suffice it to say that you do not need to see the musical in order to be touched by the beautiful friendship portrayed in this song, although I would definitely recommend it.

So what is it about this song that is so moving?
(I will try to purposely avoid the storyline of the musical, so as to not spoil it for anyone.)


Simply put, it’s about friendships. It speaks to me about longtime friends, about short time friends, about friends who help you and those who need your help, about friends who help us grow and friends who change our hearts. It’s about friends who makes such a substantial difference in our lives, it’s like the sun pulling a comet out of its orbital path, it’s like water flowing through a stream that carves its markings on rocks – they leave handprints on our hearts that stay there forever. Most importantly, it’s about friends who change you for good, both permanently and for the better.

When I was younger, friendships were all about finding the ones that could last forever. Now that I’m older (maybe wiser?), I am learning that some things are just not meant to last forever, sometimes by choice but often by circumstance. With some people, we may only have a small amount of time in each others’ lives. Knowing that makes it seem so much more important to make the most of what we have and what we share, doesn’t it? That however our respective stories may play out, whatever part of their lives we touched has helped them to be better people.

It’s amazing to hear how much these two friends have affected each other and changed each other in such a positive way. Even more amazing to hear that it wasn’t always so positive but that they found a way to move through that. And that they can be at this point where all they want is for the other to know how much she has impacted her life!

I love the last few lines that they sing together. The mutual positive influence is evident, there is no regret, only affection and gratitude. So many times I have wanted to share this song and how much it means to me*, with my two older sisters who are my best friends, with friends who feel like sisters, and even with new friends who feel like I’ve known them forever. When we can’t find the words, sometimes songs help form them for us, and this song helps to express my own gratitude and affection.

“Who can say if I have been changed for the better?
I do believe I have been changed for the better.
Because I knew you,
I have been changed
For Good.”
-Ephaba & Glinda

I hope you can enjoy listening to this song. And perhaps find others as well that will touch your soul and express the words that are stored in your heart.



*JoyisLife is not affiliated or officially connected with “Wicked” The Musical or Mirvish Productions, I’m simply a fan gushing about a song/musical I love.

*If you are interested in seeing “Wicked” on stage, it is showing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto this summer. But get your tickets fast, it will probably sell out!

*picture of Glinda and Elphaba borrowed from https://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2014/09/05/review-wicked-mirvish-2/

*The first time I saw this musical and listened to this song performed on stage, I was sitting beside my eldest sister. I had tears in my eyes, because I was so moved and it felt like such an important moment for me to share with her, and I am so glad we got to see this together. This summer, I’m seeing it again, this time with one of my oldest & dearest friends and I’m sure it will be meaningful as well.

*For Good, Full Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
I’m limited.
Just look at me.
I’m limited.
And just look at you.
You can do all I couldn’t do.
So now it’s up to you,
For both of us.
Now it’s up to you.

I’ve heard it said,
That people come into our lives,
For a reason.
Bringing something we must learn.
And we are lead to those,
Who help us most to grow if we let them.
And we help them in return.
Well I don’t know if I believe that’s true.
But I know I’m who I am today,
Because I knew you.
Like a comet pulled from orbit,
As it passes a sun.
Like a stream that meets a boulder,
Halfway through the wood.
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better,
But because I knew you,
I have been changed for good.

It well may be,
That we will never meet again,
In this lifetime.
So let me say before we part,
So much of me,
Is made of what I learned from you.
You’ll be with me,
Like a hand print on my heart.
And now whatever way our stories end,
I know you have rewritten mine,
By being my friend.
Like a ship blown from it’s mooring,
By a wind off the sea.
Like a seed dropped by a sky bird,
In a distant wood.
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better,
But because I knew you
Because I knew you
I have been changed for good.

And just to clear the air,
I ask forgiveness,
For the things I’ve done,
You blamed me for.
But then,
I guess,
We know there’s blame to share.
And none of it seems to matter,

Like a comet pulled from orbit
(Like a ship blown from it’s mooring, )
As it passes a sun.
(By a wind off the sea.)
Like a stream that meets a boulder,
(Like a seed dropped by bird, )
Halfway through the wood.
(In the wood.)
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better.
I do believe I have been changed for the better.
And because I knew you
Because I knew you
Because I knew you,
I have been changed
For good.