People make mistakes holding to their own, thinking they’re alone. Honor their mistakes, fight for their mistakes, everybody makes… Witches can be right, giants can be good. You decide what’s right, you decide what’s good. Just remember someone is on your side (our side), someone else is not. While we’re seeing our side maybe we forgot, they are not alone. No one is alone. Someone is on your side…
This song comes from the musical Into the Woods, which existed long before Disney created a movie version of it a few years ago. The story weaves together the tales of Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood, as well as a lesser known tale about a baker. All of their narratives collide in the woods and chaos ensues.
This particular piece comes at the end of the play. The two youngest characters have lost their families but find themselves in the company of the baker and Cinderella. In an attempt to comfort them, they sing this reflection upon all that has happened and one essential thing we must never forget.
No one is alone.
Even those who do not agree with us or look like us or live like us – even they are not alone. Ever.
There is a unity to this song. It is that divine thread that binds together all of humanity. Sometimes it may take major devastation for us to realize it, but there is far more alike in all of us than there is different. We are all human. We want to build lives for our families. We seek shelter, food, and safety. We desire to see our children grow smart and strong. We all need love.
Wherever we may come from, whatever language we speak, whoever we may love – as Albus Dumbledore said, “Our hearts beat as one.”
Someone is on your side. You are not alone.