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Classic Novels As Described In The Nightmare Before Christmas Lyrics

Admit it—ever since you’ve read ANY LITERARY CLASSIC EVER, you’ve had questions. About the themes, the symbolism, the characters—or, if you’re anything like me, all of the above.

Hopefully, the following song lyrics will clear up any confusion (unless it’s about whether The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Christmas movie or a Halloween one—that’s not going anywhere).  

Frankenstein:
But I never intended all this madness, never
And nobody really understood, well how could they?
That all I ever wanted was to bring them something great.

—”Poor Jack”

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Hyde:
I am the clown with the tear-away face
Here in a flash and gone without a trace.

—”This is Halloween”

The Great Gatsby:
What will become of my dear friend?
Where will his actions lead us then?

—”Sally’s Song”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:.
It’s a world unlike anything I’ve ever seen
And as hard as I tryI can’t seem to describe
Like a most improbable dream.

—”Town Meeting Song”

Romeo and Juliet:
I sense there’s something in the wind
That feels like tragedy’s at hand.

—”Sally’s Song”

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame:
He’s all alone up there
Locked away inside…

—”Jack’s Obsession”

The Canterville Ghost:
Yet year after year it’s the same routine
And I grow so weary of the sound of screams.

—”Jack’s Lament”

The Metamorphosis:
Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn’t you like to see something strange?

—”This is Halloween”

Northanger Abbey:
Oh, there’s an empty place in my bones
That calls out for something unknown.

—”Jack’s Lament”

The Picture of Dorian Gray:
You’re jokin me, you gotta be
This can’t be the right guy
He’s ancient, he’s ugly.

—”Oogie Boogie’s Song”

Les Misérables:
And why should they have all the fun?
It should belong to anyone!

—”Jack’s Obsession”

A Christmas Carol:
I’ve never felt so good before
This empty place inside of me is filling up.

—”What’s This”

The Cask of Amontillado:
Bury him for ninety years
Then see if he talks.

—”Kidnap the Sandy Claws”

Faust:
I don’t believe what’s happening to me
My hopes, my dreams, my fantasies…

—”Making Christmas”

1984:
You aren’t comprehending
The position that you’re in
It’s hopeless, you’re finished.

—”Oogie Boogie’s Song”

Heart of Darkness:
It’s much more fun, I must confess
When lives are on the line.
Not mine, of course, but yours, old boy,
Now that’d be just fine.

—”Oogie Boogie’s Song”

Pride and Prejudice:
For it is plain as anyone can see
We’re simply meant to be.

—”Finale/Reprise”