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"Because I knew you, I have been changed for good."

"For Good" is the last song in Wicked, discounting reprises. Before the Witch Hunters destroy Elphaba, she and Glinda sing about how their unlikely friendship has reshaped their futures.

Lyrics

Elphaba:
I’m limited
(spoken) Just look at me
I’m limited
And just look at you
You can do all I couldn’t do
Glinda
Now it’s up to you
(spoken) For both of us
Now it’s up to you

Glinda:
I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives
For a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led to those
Who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
But I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a Sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

Elphaba:
It well may be
That we may never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learn from you
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have rewritten mine
By being my friend

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind of the sea
Like a seed dropped by a sky bird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you

Glinda:
Because I knew you

Both:
I have been changed for good

Elphaba:
And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I’ve done you’ve blamed me for

Glinda:
But then, I guess
We know there’s blame to share

Both:
And none of it seems to matter anymore

Glinda:
Like a comet pulled from orbit

Elphaba:
Like a ship blown from its mooring

Glinda:
As it passes a Sun

Elphaba:
By a wind of the sea

Glinda:
Like a stream that meets a boulder

Elphaba:
Like a seed dropped by a bird

Glinda:
Halfway through the wood

Elphaba:
In the wood

Both:
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
I do believe I have been changed for the better

Glinda:
And because I knew you

Elphaba:
Because I knew you

Both:
Because I knew you
I have been changed
For good

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