"Defying Gravity" is a song from the Broadway musical Wicked, based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The song revolves around Elphaba discovering the truth about the Wizard as well as realizing that she was now free to be her own person and set her own path.


Character Broadway 1st US Tour Chicago West End Los Angeles Melbourne San Francisco 2nd U.S. Tour
Elphaba Idina Menzel Stephanie J. Block Ana Gasteyer Idina Menzel Eden Espinosa Amanda Harrison Teal Wicks Marcie Dodd
Glinda Kristin Chenoweth Kendra Kassebaum Kate Reinders Helen Dallimore Megan Hilty Lucy Durack Kendra Kassebaum Heléne Yorke
Hayley Podschun


I hope you're happy now
I hope you're happy how
You've hurt your cause forever
I hope you think you're clever
I hope you're happy
I hope you're happy too
I hope you're proud how you
Would grovel in submission, to feed your own ambition
So though I can't imagine how
I hope you're happy right now
You can still be with the wizard
What you've worked and waited for
You can have all you ever wanted
I know

But I don't want it
I can't want it anymore
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap!
It's time to try
Defying gravity
I think I'll try
Defying gravity
And you can't pull me down

Can't I make you understand
You're having delusions of grandeur?
I'm through accepting limits
'Cuz someone says they're so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I'll never know!
Too long I've been afraid of
Losing love I guess I've lost
Well, if that's love
It comes at much too high a cost!
I'd sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I'm defying gravity
And you can't pull me down

Together we're unlimited
Together we'll be the greatest team
There's ever been—Glinda!
Dreams the way we planned 'em
If we work in tandem
There's no fight we cannot win
Just you and I, defying gravity
With you and I defying gravity
They'll never bring us down!
Well, are you coming?
I hope you're happy
I hope your happy now that you're choosing this
You too—

I hope it brings you bliss
I really hope you get it
And you don't live to regret it
I hope you're happy in the end
I hope you're happy my friend
So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky!
As someone told me lately:
"Everyone deserves the chance to fly!"
And if I'm flying solo
At least I'm flying free
To those who ground me
Take a message back from me
Tell them how I'm defying gravity!
I'm flying high defying gravity!

And soon I'll match them in renown
And nobody in all of Oz
No wizard that there is or was
Is ever gonna bring me down!
I hope you're happy
Look at her! She's wicked!
Get her!
Bring me down!
No one mourns the wicked!
So we got to bring her!

Other Appearances

  • The song appears on the Broadway Cast Recording album.






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