Poor Thing

Album: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (1979)

Songfacts®:

  • "Poor Thing" is the fifth song from the Steven Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street. It has the same music as "The Barber And His Wife" and builds on the same lyrics; it is sung by Mrs Lovett to Todd, the former Benjamin Barker who has returned to London after a 15 year exile. In it, she tells Todd how after he was transported by the corrupt Judge Turpin his wife Lucy was raped by him, which led to her poisoning herself. This leads to Todd swearing revenge not only on the judge but apparently on the aristocracy of London, if not on the entire world. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

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