Since Then Lyrics

Musical by Ellen Schwartz and Laura I. Kramer
A Letter to Harvey Milk the Musical - Since Then Lyrics


BARBARA
That’s exactly how my bubbe and my zayde used to act
When I wanted to hear stories of their past
They would shrug and look away
Then give a hug, as if to say;
“We’ve put all that behind us
Be a good girl, don’t remind us”

Since then
I’ve read more than my share
About my once-forbidden history
Since then
I’ve learned the how and where and when
But it’s not the same as learning
From a person who was there
Someone with kind eyes and a softness in his face
Someone I don’t know, yet somehow do
Whose humor seems to rise up from a deep, defiant place
Since then, I’ve tried to find someone like you

HARRY (spoken)
Me? I’m nobody.

BARBARA
Nobody? Listen.
As a child, I found an album, high up on a shelf
With photos i was never meant to see
One was of a girl in whom i recognized myself
Despite her dark babushka, she was me
“who is this?” i asked my bubbe
She said, “nobody”
“but,” i said, “we look the same!”
She said, “no, she was ten”
The next day, i climbed the chair
But the album wasn’t there
I never saw that little girl again
Since then...

Since then
I’ve held her image tight
As if she might survive inside of me
Since then
Inside my notebook with a pen
I’ve tried to ask the questions
That could bring her truth to light
“who was she before she vanished?”
“doesn’t anybody care?”
I need to hear the stories
From a person who was there
Someone with kind eyes and a softness in his face
Someone I don’t know, yet somehow do
Who might recall the girl
Whom I resembled way back when
Still waiting for a person to acknowledge her again
They told me she was “nobody”
Am i “nobody,” too?
I’ve tried to find someone like you
Since then
Since then...

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