Oz Wiki
Advertisement

"Put your arms around me, child..."

The Feeling We Once Had was the first song performed in The Wiz. The song is sung by Aunt Em as she tells Dorothy Gale how much she loves and cares for her.

In the film The Wiz, the song was changed to The Feeling That We Have. Aunt Em (Theresa Merritt) was singing to her daughter during her family's Thanksgiving dinner.

In The Wiz Live!, Aunt Em (Stephanie Mills, who portrayed Dorothy in the original Broadway show) sang this to Dorothy (Shanice Williams) as she tried to run away back to Omaha.

"The Feeling We Once Had" Lyrics

1993 revival

  • Put your arms around me, child

  • Like when you bumped your shin

  • Then you'll know I love you now

  • As I loved you then

  • Though you may be trying sometimes
  • And I’ll need you and you're not there'
  • I may get mad and turn you away
  • But I still care

  • But you shouldn't ask for more'
  • 'Than can come from me
  • I am different than you are,
  • And one day you'll see

  • If I lose my patience with you
  • And I suddenly start to scream'
  • It's only because I want you to be
  • What I see in my dreams

  • And I’d like to know that it's there
  • The feeling we once had
  • Knowing that you can come to me

  • Whenever you're feeling sad.

  • (Don’t lose the feeling we once had, Don't lose the feeling we once had)
  • Though you are growing older now
  • And I’m watching you grow
  • And if I make you sad sometimes

  • I see your feelings show

  • And one day I’ll look around
  • And you will be grown
  • You'll be out in the world

  • Such a pretty little girl

  • But you'll be on your own

  • And I’d like to know that it's there'
  • The feeling we once had
  • Knowing that you can come to me

  • Whenever you're feeling bad

  • The feeling we once had

  • The feeling we once had

  • Don't lose the feeling

  • The feeling we once had.

Videos

Broadway Version

The_Feeling_We_Once_Had_(Pseudo_Video)

The Feeling We Once Had (Pseudo Video)

Live Version

The_Feeling_That_We_Have

The Feeling That We Have

Movie Version

Advertisement