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En Washington Heights: Wesleyan Edition

2011 May 13
by Lin

Nina Rosario, on her way home from her first year at Yale:

Waiting on the Metro-North Train, I am going insane, waiting in vain for it to take me home
Finally we leave the station, I am so impatient–to get the fuck out of New Haven
And get some time alone
And as I leave, all I see are the homeless standing by
As the rich kids avert their eyes and get their meaningless degrees
I’m sitting next to businessmen who are cheating on their wives
They’ve been commuting all their lives, filling hotel vacancies
And all I wanna do is go home, where everything’s alright
Where in a way you’re never alone, cuz everyone’s squeezed together tight

EN WASHINGTON HEIGHTS! (Repeat about a billion times)

Nothing’s changed, it’s all the same, everybody knows your name . . .
I’ve been gone for over a year, but everyone I love is still here . . .
No more quiet nights alone, I’m home, I’m finally home . . .
Le lo lai le lo lai, lai lo le lo lai, le lo lai la lai lai lai . . .

Waiting to get off the A train, I am going insane, waiting in pain for it to take me home
I get off and leave the station, finally on vacation–until I make a realization
As I’m standing there alone
And on the street all I see are a row of endless lights screaming out against the night
That no one knows your name anymore
And suddenly it dawns on me, you can’t go home again
And no matter where you’ve been, it’s not the same . . .

6 Responses leave one →
  1. May 13, 2011

    It’s amazing to see the seed of the flower that is now ITH. Gracias Lin.

  2. Erin permalink
    May 13, 2011

    Thank you so much for posting this! It’s so amazing how you took this and helped it grow into the “In The Heights” we all know and love. You are phenomenal and I hope to see another one of your productions in the future!!
    PS- I loved you on “Modern Family” :)

  3. Henry permalink
    May 13, 2011

    Thank you for posting this! Can we expect more of the original to be uploaded in the future? It would be amazing to see how this inspiring original story evolved into a fantastic Broadway show :D

  4. Tiffany permalink
    May 13, 2011

    Who is playing Nina? She’s Incredibly talented. Love it! You never fail to amaze me.

  5. Donyelle permalink
    May 15, 2011

    Wowww In The Heights has come a longggg way!

    I love how parts of this song are still incorporated into the songs from the musical now…
    ahh the effort and dedication you put into this show is why I love it so much!!

  6. Andrea permalink
    May 22, 2011

    Thanks for this peek into the history of ITH. Totally fascinating.

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