A New Brain: The Musical Lyrics

1998 Original Cast
A New Brain: The Musical Lyrics

Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn & James Lapine
Basis on Autobiographical, William Finn

Gordon Schwinn, a talented young songwriter, works at his piano to meet a deadline. Gordon is irritated because he must write a song about Spring for a children's television entertainer who dresses as a frog. He takes a break from his writing and meets his agent Rhoda at a restaurant for pasta. During lunch, Gordon clutches his head and falls face first into his meal. Rhoda calls an ambulance, and Gordon is taken to the hospital. He learns that he has an arteriovenous malformation. Gordon needs an operation, and if he doesn't have it, he could die or never regain the use of his faculties.

While in the hospital, Gordon contemplates his situation. His greatest fear is dying with his greatest songs still inside of him; and so from his hospital bed, and while in a coma, and all throughout his ordeal, he begins writing the songs. He also has several hallucinations that involve various people whom he has encountered. In particular, a homeless lady that he met on his way to get pasta with Rhoda continually pops up.

Gordon eventually has the surgery and recovers completely. The creative block he was experiencing before his ordeal lifts, and he gains new insights. His near death experience encourages him to re-evaluate and better appreciate the people and relationships in his life.

A New Brain the Musical Lyrics:

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1 Frogs Have So Much Spring ('The Spring Song')
2 Calamari Lyrics A NEW BRAIN
3 911 Emergency/I Have So Many Songs Lyrics
4 Heart And Music Lyrics A NEW BRAIN
5 Trouble In His Brain Lyrics
6 Mother's Gonna Make Things Fine
7 Sailing Lyrics A NEW BRAIN
8 Family History
9 Gordo's Law Of Genetics
10 And They're Off Lyrics A NEW BRAIN
11 Just Go Lyrics A NEW BRAIN
12 Poor Unsuccessful And Fat
13 Sitting Becalmed In The Lee Of Cuttyhunk
14 An Invitation To Sleep In My Arms
15 Change Lyrics A NEW BRAIN
16 Yes Lyrics
17 In The Middle Of The Room
18 Throw It Out Lyrics A NEW BRAIN
19 A Really Lousy Day In The Universe
20 Brain Dead
21 Whenever I Dream Lyrics A NEW BRAIN
22 Eating Myself Up Alive Lyrics
23 The Music Still Plays On Lyrics
24 Don't Give In Lyrics
25 Sailing (Reprise) Lyrics
26 The Homeless Lady's Revenge Lyrics
27 Time Lyrics
28 Time And Music Lyrics
29 I Feel So Much Spring Lyrics A NEW BRAIN