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"Put your arms around me, child..."

The Feeling We Once Had was the first song performed in The Wiz. The song is sung by Aunt Em as she tells Dorothy Gale how much she loves and cares for her.

In the film The Wiz, the song was changed to The Feeling That We Have. Aunt Em (Theresa Merritt) was singing to her daughter during her family's Thanksgiving dinner. In The Wiz Live!, Aunt Em (Stephanie Mills, who portrayed Dorothy in the original Broadway show) sang this to Dorothy (Shanice Williams) as she tried to run away back to Omaha.

"The Feeling We Once Had" Lyrics

Put your arms around me, child

Like when you bumped your shin

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Then you'll know I love you now

As I loved you then


Though you may be trying sometimes



And I’ll need you and you're not there

I may get mad and turn you away

But I still care


But you shouldn't ask for more
Auntemdorothy (1)

1993 revival



Than can come from me

I am different than you are,

And one day you'll see


If I lose my patience with you



And I suddenly start to scream

It's only because I want you to be

What I see in my dreams


And I’d like to know that it's there



The feeling we once had

Knowing that you can come to me

Whenever you're feeling sad.


(Don’t lose the feeling we once had


Don't lose the feeling we once had)


Though you are growing older now



And I’m watching you grow

And if I make you sad sometimes

I see your feelings show


And one day I’ll look around



And you will be grown

You'll be out in the world

Such a pretty little girl

But you'll be on your own


And I’d like to know that it's there



The feeling we once had

Knowing that you can come to me

Whenever you're feeling bad

The feeling we once had

The feeling we once had

Don't lose the feeling

The feeling we once had.

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