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Defying Gravity
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Album: Glee: The Music, Volume 1, Glee: The Music, The Complete Season One and Glee: The Music, Best of Season One
Released: November 11, 2009
By: Cast of Wicked (Idina Menzel pop version)
Sung by: Kurt Hummel and Rachel Berry
Place: The Choir Room
Episode: Wheels

Defying Gravity from Wicked (Idina Menzel pop version) is featured in Wheels, the ninth episode of Season One. It is sung by Kurt and Rachel.

They sing it during the New Directions' first "Diva-Off" because Will is thinking about using the song at Sectionals. At first, he gives the part to Rachel. However, Burt learns that Kurt wanted the solo for Sectionals, so he complains to Figgins and Will allows Kurt to audition for the solo. However, Kurt throws the competition by blowing the high F so that Burt won't have to endure more anti-gay calls and consequently, Rachel wins.

Three different versions of the song were released: the regular duet version with both Rachel and Kurt, a Rachel solo version, and a Kurt solo version. The Kurt and Rachel solo versions were released as singles, but they were not on Glee: The Music, Volume 1 and were instead released on Glee: The Music, The Complete Season One.

Lyrics

Kurt:
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game

Too late for second guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap!

Rachel:
It's time to try defying gravity
I think I'll try defying gravity

Kurt:
Kiss me goodbye, I'm defying gravity
And you won't bring me down!

I'm through accepting limits
'cause someone says they're so

Rachel:
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I'll never know!

Kurt:
Too long I've been afraid of
Losing love I guess I've lost

Rachel:
Well, if that's love
It comes at much too high a cost... (Kurt: Cost)

Kurt:
I'd sooner buy defying gravity

Rachel:
Kiss me goodbye I'm defying gravity

Kurt:
I think I'll try defying gravity
And you won't bring me down!
I'd sooner buy defying gravity

Rachel:
Kiss me goodbye I'm defying gravity

Kurt:
I think I'll try defying gravity
And you won't bring me down!

Rachel:
Bring me down!
Ohhhhh, ohhhhh! (Kurt Ohhhhh!)

Rachel:
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game

Kurt:
Too late for second guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap!

Rachel (and Kurt):
It's time to (try defying gravity)
I think I'll (try defying gravity)
Kiss me (goodbye, I'm defying gravity)
(And you won't bring me down)

Rachel:
I'm through accepting limits
'Cause someone says they're so

Kurt:
Some things I cannot change
But till I try I'll never know!

Rachel:
Too long I've been afraid of

Kurt:
Losing love I guess I've lost

Rachel and Kurt:
Well, if that's love
It comes at much too high a cost...

I'd sooner buy defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye I'm defying gravity
I think I'll try defying gravity
And you won't bring me down

I'd sooner buy defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye I'm defying gravity
I think I'll try defying gravity
And you won't bring me down
Bring me down

Rachel:
Ohhhhhh, ohhhhhh

Rachel/Kurt:
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game

Too late for second guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap!

It's time to (try defying gravity)
I think I'll (try defying gravity)
Kiss me (goodbye, I'm defying gravity)
(And you won't bring me down)

I'm through accepting limits
'Cause someone said they're so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try I'll never know!

Too long I've been afraid of
Losing love I guess I've lost
Well, if that's love
It comes at much too high a cost...

I'd sooner buy defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye I'm defying gravity
I think I'll try defying gravity
And you won't bring me down

I'd sooner buy defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye I'm defying gravity
I think I'll try defying gravity
And you won't bring me down
Bring me down

Ohhhhhh, ohhhhhh

Trivia

  • This is the first released Glee song which features a Kurt solo.
  • The story of this song on Glee is based on an experience Chris Colfer had in high school, when despite his repeated requests in several years, his choir teacher refused to allow him to sing Defying Gravity due to his gender, since Elphaba is a female character. However, his grandma allowed him to perform it at a church.
  • This performance was the first diva-off of the series.
  • This song is later referenced in the episode Diva, when Kurt finally reveals to Rachel that he missed the high F on purpose. This motivates Rachel and Kurt to have a second diva-off.
  • Who sings which parts differ in the single version to the episode version.
  • This song was originally sung by Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel who portray April and Shelby on Glee, respectively. 

Errors

  • During the last chorus just before Rachel and Kurt attempt their high notes, Kurt mouths "I think I'll try" but the audio says, "I'd sooner buy."

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Videos

Idina Menzel - Defying Gravity(04:47)
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Glee - Defying Gravity (Full Performance) HD(02:16)
Glee Cast - Defying Gravity Chris Colfer (Kurt) Solo Version(02:22)
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Glee Cast - Defying Gravity Lea Michele (Rachel) Solo Version(02:22)
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Glee - Defying Gravity (Acapella)-0(02:13)

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