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Fiddler On The Roof – Sunrise, Sunset lyrics

Is this the little girl I carried,
Is this the little boy at play

I don't remember growing older,
When did they?

When did she get to be a beauty,
When did he grow to be so tall?

Wasn't it yesterday when they were small?

Sunrise, sunset (x2),
Swiftly flow the days.

Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers,
Blossoming even as we gaze

Sunrise, sunset (x2),
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another,
Laiden with happiness and tears.

What words of wisdom can I give them,
How can I help to ease their way?

Now they must learn from one another,
Day by day.

They look so natural together.

Just like two newlyweds should be.

(perchik and hodel)
Is there a canopy in store for me?

Sunrise, sunset (x2),
Swiftly fly the years,
One season following another,
Laiden with happiness,
And tears

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  • b
    This song is parents watching their kids newly married and very surprised how soon the years have flown by. They barely noticed they are getting older when they are already on their own.
    This makes me notice of how little time parents have to influence and inspire their kids before they are parents themselves.
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  • u
    The song is speaking of two young people who have reached that season for turning from childhood play and physical development. They have found someone to love and enter into commitment to each other for life. So quickly they have gone from infancy to adulthood and was so busy and laden with happiness and tears, that the parents did not stop long enough to see the changes that were occurring. Time season following another, and suddenly their babies have become adults...and the cycle of life goes on...
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  • u
    Hm, this version is kind of different from the version that my choir teacher is teaching us in Choir. In the beginning, it's different; instead of "is this the little girl I carried" and "is this the little boy at play", it's "now is this little boy a bridegroom" and "now is this little girl a bride". Other than that I agree that it is a great and an original song. My teacher sang it in elementary school and thought it was pretty cool, pretty cool that he's making one of the 3 choirs perform it. Although I've never seen the movie "Fiddler On The Roof", I bet it's a classic, just like "The Wizard Of Oz".
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  • u
    I like that Fiddler On The Roof,, movie and it's songs because it's so practical and down to earth as the seasons. It portrays cultural traditions of one group of people. We all have traditions in our own background. The songs, I like are, Sunrise Sunset, Miracles Of Miracles, If I Were A Rich Man, Tradition, I like the Bottle Dance Too. Classic movies and songs like that stays with us forever, its life right .. or as one song says "TO LIFE"
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