Love, Harry Lyrics

Musical by Ellen Schwartz and Laura I. Kramer
A Letter to Harvey Milk the Musical - Love, Harry Lyrics


HARRY (spoken)
Dear Harvey:
You had to go get yourself killed for being a faygelah?
You couldn’t let someone else have such a great honor? All right, so you liked the boys.
I wasn’t wild about the idea, but I got used to it. I never said you wasn’t welcome in my house, did I?

(sings)
Harveleh, I still keep jelly beans for you
I put them in a jar where you can see them
When they get stale, i buy some new
In case my door you should walk through
Some men my age can’t turn the page
You can’t console ‘em
My sweet tooth fairy, rest in peace
Alev ha-sholem

CHORUS (sings)
The night you died
San francisco cried
Thirty thousand people
Marched as one

HARRY (spoken)
I watched it on TV.

CHORUS (sings)
The press predicted we would riot
But, in candlelight and quiet,
We heard your prayer above the setting sun
“if enough of us hold hands
No one can hold a gun”

HARRY (spoken)
Nu, Harvey, you couldn’t leave well enough alone? You had your own business,
what’s bad? You couldn’t keep still about the boys, you weren’t satisfied until
the whole world knew? Harvey Milk, with the big ears and the big ideas had to
make something of himself, a big politician. I know, I know, I said “Harvey,
make something of yourself, don’t be an old schmegeggie like Harry the butcher.”
So now I’m eating my words, and they stick like a chicken bone in my old throat.

HARVELEH (sings)
You know what happened to dan white?
That momzer who put bullets through your body?
His lawyer said, dan’s brain’s not right
From eating twinkles on the night
Before he shot you and the mayor

(spoken)
Now they call it the “Twinkie Defense.” It’s famous because of you. Twinkies!
My Gracie ate Twinkies when she was little. Did she grow up to be a murderer,
God forbid?

(sings)
He serves five years, five years!!!
Then they parole him!
So right after he gets out, he kills himself

(spoken) He couldn’t let someone else have the pleasure? Ach!

(sings)
I have no doubt
If you were here, you’d say for him
Harvey and harry
Alev ha-sholem

CHORUS (sings)
The night you died
San francisco cried.
Thirty thousand people marched as one
And every color, class and gender
Praised the life of their defender
Whose acts of faith could never be undone
“if enough of us hold hands
No one can hold a gun”

HARRY (spoken)
Harvey, I remember thinking you must be so proud. But then I remembered you were dead,
and all of a sudden, I got so mad, I yelled at the people on the TV.
“For getting shot, you made him into such a hero? You couldn’t march for him when he was alive?”

(sings)
Harveleh, they made nice speeches just for you
The same ones who called you schmuck before
Now they were calling you a mensch
It gave my heartstrings such a wrench
There are lunatics out there
Who could control ‘em?
You were a mensch, my dove, fly free

Harry and chorus
Alev ha-sholem

BARBARA (sings)
The night you died
San francisco cried

CHORUS AND BARBARA (sings)
Thirty thousand people marched as one
Gay, straight, asian, black and white
Came out of darkness into light
Like a rainbow burning bright
Above the setting of the sun
If enough of us hold hands

HARRY (sings)
No one can hold a gun

CHORUS AND BARBARA (sings)
If enough, if enough, if enough, if enough
If enough of us hold hands
No one can hold a gun...

HARRY (spoken)
Oy, Harveleh, alev ha-sholem,
Love, Harry

Songs from musical: A Letter to Harvey Milk the Musical Lyrics
Love Harry lyrics from A Letter to Harvey Milk the Musical