Last night I was at showtunes at JRs in Washington DC and they played the song America from West Side Story. The song is awesome and one that everyone loves to sing a long to. Then all of the sudden I actually listened to some of the lyrics to America from West Side Story and I actually have a few issues with it. The song and the movie or musical version don’t make any sense at all to me.
The first thing that I have an issue with is that the girls are complaining about not having any room or space to yourself in Puerto Rico. It is crowded, cramped and there are hundreds of people in each room. Doesn’t this show take place in Manhattan New York? The last time I checked, even back then, Manhattan was extremely expensive, you didn’t get a ton o room unless you were a millionaire and almost everyone shared a room. When they are in their apartment singing, it looked like there were a ton of people in there anyways, so what’s the difference. I could be wrong and they could be very well off, they did have nice clothes, but if they were well off, why are they in a Gang and hanging out in a regular bar? Most New York socialites and millionaires probably aren’t in gangs and getting in knife or gun fights in the street. I also love the line about everyone there will have moved here. If they did, wouldn’t there be even more people there and wouldn’t it be more crowded making the girls that are complaining about San Juan have a reason to move back?
Anyways, there are a ton of issues I have with this song because it actually doesn’t make any sense to me. Tony runs through their section of NYC yelling the name Maria and only one girl responds? Maria was and still is an insanely popular name and Tony is hot as heck. It’s a bit hard to imagine that there is only one Maria in all of NYC, especially when I know a bunch of them that live there. Even if they didn’t like Tony, you’d think one would have said something and while we’re talking about it, how did she know it was for her? Besides his voice, she just randomly responds? Maybe she is the only maria in NYC.
The song America from West Side Story is definitely one of the most popular and famous songs from the show and one that everyone loves to sing a long too. When you actually listen to the lyrics of America from West Side Story the show ends up not making that much sense. The music is great and the songs are amazing, it’s kind of funny how they stop you from actually realizing that most of them don’t actually make sense. Anyways, it is an awesome song and an awesome show and if you can think of anything else that doesn’t make sense in West Side Story, feel free to leave a comment below.