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Susan Boyle’s Cover of “Memory” from Cats Is Spellbinding

Boyle performed the song during the Britain's Got Talent Semi-Finals in 2009. 

By Jackie Manno

In 2009, shortly after Susan Boyle's riveting Britain's Got Talent Audition, the singer chose to perform another popular show tune for the Season 3 Semi Finals: "Memory" from Cats

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During her performance, Boyle appeared onstage with confidence and began to croon the most heavenly tone. Gorgeous strings played behind her while she told the emotional story with her voice, immersing herself in the music. Her voice soared during the high notes, and she impressively switched back to a softer tone extremely quickly. As the song picked up in intensity and the iconic key change hit, the crowd went wild as Boyle sang in a way that will send chills down your spine. She then wrapped things up with a beautiful operatic high note. 

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Susan Boyle performing on America's Got Talent.

About "Memory" from Cats

Composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber for the 1981 hit Broadway musical Cats, "Memory" is sung by the character Grizabella after facing emotional turmoil when she was isolated from the other Jellice Cats. The climax of the musical, "Memory" is the most well-known tune from the show, and the lyrics are inspired by the poem "Rhapsody on a Windy Night" by T.S. Elliot. The song has since been covered by the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis, Nicole Scherzinger, Barry Manilow, and more. 

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"Memory" from Cats lyrics

Midnight, 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

Memory, 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 street lamp seems to beat
A fatalistic warning
Someone mutters and the street lamp sputters
And soon it will be morning

Daylight, I must wait for the sunrise
I must think of a new life
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 smoky days
The stale, cold smell of morning
A street lamp dies, another night is over
Another day is dawning

Touch me, 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 has begun