I gave you my musicThis small site is a fanlisting, listed at theFanlistings.org. A "fanlisting" is a place where fans of a particular subject can come together on one massive list of fans from around the world. All you need is a name, working e-mail, and a country to be a part of it all! Note: This fanlisting is not approved or created by Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Phantom of the Opera, The Really Useful Group, or their affiliates; it's just a fansite created by Bikuki.
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This particular fanlisting is dedicated to the ninth track from Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera (2004) entitled "All I Ask of You (Reprise)". (If looking at the special edition version, which is slightly longer, it is track #14.) Featuring the talents of Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum and Patrick Wilson, I found it unbelievably powerful, passionate and touching. Although it is a reprise, it differs greatly from its counterpart, All I Ask of You. The latter is a beautiful duet between Raoul (Wilson) and Christine (Rossum), whilst the Reprise unveils the other portion of the love triangle from the perspective of the Phantom (Butler). He lurks and spies on them in the dark, unable to fathom that Christine has chosen Raoul over him, symbolically done so when she leaves behind the Phantom's red rose. Thus, I chose the rose as the main symbol of this site, featured at the top of this layout. It represents the connection between Christine and the Phantom, which has been broken. As they depart, the Phantom picks it up and despairingly sings his sorrow. It begins silently as he whispers to himself, clutching onto the black-ribboned rose, crushed that she betrayed him. Then in the far distance, he hears their song once again... it fuels him to vengeance, lifting the song up into a dramatic combination of love and hatred!
I am deeply moved at how effortlessly and beautifully this song moves from grief and woe to anger and revenge. Yet at the same time it is done very suddenly, a quick switch of tune from soft whispers into the infamous Overture score. I am in *love* with Gerard Butler's voice - he puts forth so much emotion, guiding you through both heartbreak and rage. I am more partial to the Phantom because of his complexity, and I think this song illustrates just that. Even though he loves Christine, he also hates her, for betraying him and his gift of music. The mixture of jealousy, envy, and passion is unbelievable and creates such an amazing character - someone you're unsure whether to pity, despise, or love. And although you see him in the film during All I Ask of You, it is in the Reprise when you finally hear his voice, making it that much more poignant. The absence of loud music at the beginning makes it so powerful - it's just his voice that draws you, with empathy. Almost without warning you are then thrown up with thundering jealousy, coincided with a fantastic orchestral score - it's simply amazing. To be able to put forth so much in so little time is the genius that is Andrew Lloyd Webber and the singers themselves.
It's no doubt, then, that I was determined that this song received a fanlisting. It may be overlooked, perhaps overwhelmed by the other major tracks, including All I Ask of You itself. However, even though it's rather short and "just a reprise," that doesn't mean that it isn't worth the listen. In fact, it's just the opposite - Reprise explains just how the Phantom feels throughout the love affair of Christine and Raoul. It sets the beginning of his efforts to win Christine back, and makes the audience wonder just how far he will go...
To hear "All I Ask of You (Reprise)" for yourself, watch The Phantom of the Opera (2004) - in theatres now! Likewise, you can also head to your nearest music store and purchase the official Soundtrack to The Phantom of the Opera. It features even more songs with the enchanting voices of Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson and many others.
Say You Love MeThe name of this fanlisting, "Curse the Day" is taken from one of the lines from the song, bellowed by the Phantom on the rooftop of the Paris Opéra. It places emphasis on the Phantom's anger towards Christine, and his feelings of betrayal and heartbreak. Overall, I felt that it was simply the true essence of the song. What follows are the lyrics to the entire song, enjoy!
All I Ask of You (Reprise)
I must go!
They'll wonder where I am...
Come with me, Raoul
Christine, I love you...
Order your fine horses,
Be with them at the door!
And soon you'll be beside me,
You'll guard me and you'll guide me...
I gave you my music
Made your song take wing
And now, how you're repaid me
Denied me and betrayed me...
He was bound to love you
When he heard you sing!
[Christine and Raoul in the distance]
Say you'll share with me
One love, one lifetime
Say the word, and I will follow you
Share each day with me
Each night, each morning...
You will curse the day you did not do,
All that the Phantom asked of you!
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