"Memory" is a show tune from the 1981 musical Cats. It is sung primarily by the character Grizabella as a nostalgic remembrance of her glorious past and a declaration of her wish to start a new life. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and with lyrics by Trevor Nunn (based on poems by T. S. Eliot), "Memory" is the climax of the musical, and by far its most popular and best-known song.
Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory?
She is smiling alone
In the lamplight, the withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan
All alone in the moonlight
I can dream of the old days
Life was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again
Every streetlamp seems to beat a fatalistic warning
Someone mutters, and a streetlamp gutters,
And soon it will be morning.
I must wait for the sunrise
And I mustn't give in.
When the dawn comes, tonight will be a memory too
And a new day will begin
Burnt out ends of smokey days
The stale cold smell of morning
The streetlamp dies, another night is over
Another day is dawning...
It's so easy to leave me
All alone with the memory
Of my days in the sun...
If you touch me, you'll understand what happiness is
Look, a new day
Recorded with Yamaha Clavinova, exported as Midi and converted to high quality music file using The Grand 3 VST Piano Bösendorfer