We Can't Stop Listening to Ben Platt's Rendition of "Corner of the Sky"

McKenzie Jean-Philippe

From Oprah Magazine

Season 1 of Ryan Murphy's The Politician proved that in addition to its standout cast (Theo Germaine and David Corenswet, anyone?) and wacky true crime-inspired storylines, it would take full advantage of the Tony-winning vocal powerhouse that is Ben Platt.

Now, season 2 of the dramedy proved that the actor's tear-inducing rendition of "River" walked so that "Corner of the Sky" could run. The actor, as Payton, performed the emotional, beloved Pippin showtune during the finale, "Election Day." We see the aspiring politician back in New York City’s Marie's Crisis piano bar, in which he drunkenly sang Billy Joel's "Vienna" last season.

But this time, Sen. Dede Standish (Judith Light) and Haddasah Gold (Bette Midler) are in the audience, stopping by for a drink just moments before the election results are announced. After they have a quick chat with Payton, he returns to the piano for an encore performance and sings "Corner of the Sky," which is from the 1972 broadway musical Pippin. The original lyrics and music were written by Stephen Schwartz, with a book by Bob Fosse and Roger O. Hirson. The show—about a young prince looking for his meaning in lifehad a 2013 Tony-winning revival. And, fun fact, if you walk into the real Marie's Crisis on any given night, it's nearly guaranteed to be on the playlist.

Platt opened up last year to Newsweek about making use of his musical chops and his hands-on approach with the show.

"I was very intense as an executive producer as well on making sure that the music was adding to the narrative organic to the story and wasn't sort of elbowed into the piece," he said. "I never want to just sing as a gratuitous reason to sing as much as I love to sing. And much like the musical moment in the pilot, he found really organic and beautiful ways for it to feel entirely earned."



Below, brush on the lyrics of the iconic showtune.

"Corner of the Sky" Lyrics

Everything has its season
Everything has its time
Show me a reason and I'll soon show you a rhyme
Cats fit on the windowsill
Children fit in the snow
Why do I feel I don't fit in anywhere I go?




Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I've got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky


Every man has his daydreams
Every man has his goal
People like the way dreams have
Of sticking to the soul
Thunderclouds have their lightning
Nightingales have their song
And don't you see I want my life to be
Something more than long...






Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I've got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky


So many men seem destined
To settle for something small
But I won't rest until I know I'll have it all
So don't ask where I'm going
Just listen when I'm gone
And far away you'll hear me singing
Softly to the dawn





Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I've got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky


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