Life IS a Cabaret!

Life IS a Cabaret!

Life truly IS a cabaret!

Cabaret! Cabaret! Cabaret! oh! I just adore it! The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is on in full swing and it got me thinking about dear Liza (Minnelli) and her extraordinary performance in the film Cabaret. I looked over the words to “Life is a Cabaret” and again found an articulation of life that resonates so deeply with me; Life is what you make it, show up for it and you’ll always be at a party of some kind!

This is why I dress up for life!

This is why I show up and participate!

This is why I believe in the power of self expression!

This is why I wake up everyday and smile, I know one day it will all be over, but my god – I know I’ll be able to say I had a good time. We can take nothing with us but our memories. We leave behind how we made people feel… involve everyone you love in your Cabaret, old chum. Life is a Cabaret!

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What good is sitting, alone in your room?
Come hear the music play!
Life is a cabaret, old chum!
Come to the cabaret!
Put down the knitting, the book and the broom
It’s time for a holiday
Life is a cabaret, old chum!
Come to the cabaret!

Come taste the wine
Come hear the band
Come blow your horn
Start celebrating
Right this way your table’s waiting.

What good’s permitting some prophet of doom?
To wipe every smile away
Life is a cabaret, old chum!
So come to the cabaret!

I used to have this girlfriend known as Elsie
With whom I shared for sordid rooms in Chelsea
She wasn’t what you call a blushing flower
As a matter of fact she rented by the hour.
The day she died the neighbors
Came to snick her
Well, that is what comes from
Too much pills and liquor.
But when I saw her laid out like a queen
She was the happiest corpse I’d ever seen
I think of Elsie till this very day
I remember how she’d turned to me and say,
What good is sitting all alone in your room?
Come hear the music play
Life is a cabaret, old chum!
Come to the cabaret!

And as for me
Ha
And as for me
I made my mind up back in Chelsea
When I go
I’m going like Elsie.

Star by admitting
From cradle to tomb
It isn’t that long a stay
Life is a cabaret, old chum!
It’s only a cabaret, old chum!
And I love a cabaret!

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Photographs by Sophie Armstrong and Joseph James Francis, 2017.

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