30/90

Song Title : 30/90

Show Name : Tick, Tick…Boom!

Character Name : Jonathan

Gender : Male

Age : Adult

Vocal Part : Tenor

Range : E3-A5

Style : Uptempo (Contemporary Rock)

Mood : Hopeful yet Anxious

Context & Lyrics


A fictional version of Jonathan Larson has conflicted feelings about turning 30 years old.

View Lyrics

JONATHAN
Stop the clock
Take time out
Time to regroup
Before you lose the bout

Freeze the frame
Back it up
Time to refocus
Before they wrap it up

Years are getting shorter
Lines on your face are getting longer
Feel like you’re treading water
But the riptide’s getting stronger

Don’t panic, don’t jump ship
Can’t find it, like taxes
At least it happens
Only once in your life

They’re singing, “Happy Birthday”
You just wanna lay down and cry
Not just another birthday, it’s 30/90
Why can’t you stay 29?
Hell, you still feel like you’re 22
Turn 30, 1990
Bang! You’re dead, what can you do?
What can you do?
What can you do?

MICHAEL
Clear the runway
Make another pass
Try one more approach
Before you’re out of gas

JONATHAN
Friends are getting fatter
Hairs on you head are getting thinner
Feel like a clean up batter
On a team that ain’t a winner

MICHAEL
Don’t freak out, don’t strike out
Can’t fight it, like City Hall

JONATHAN
At least you’re not alone
Your friends are there, too

BOTH
They’re singing, “Happy Birthday”
You just wish you could run away
Who cares about a birthday?
But 30/90, hey

Can’t you be optimistic?
You’re no longer the ingenue
Turn 30, 1990
Voom! You’re passe
What can you do?
What can you do?
What can you do?

JONATHAN
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell
Which way to Never Never Land?
Emerald City’s gone to hell
Since the Wizard blew off his command

On the streets you hear the voices
Lost children, crocodiles
But you’re not into
Making choices, wicked witches,
Poppy fields or men behind the curtains, Tiger lilies,
Ruby slippers Clock is ticking, that’s for certain

They’re singing, “Happy Birthday”
I just wish it all were a dream
It feels much more like Doomsday
f**k, 30/90

Seems like I’m in for a twister
I don’t see a rainbow, do you?
Turn 30 in the 90’s

Into my hands now
The ball is passed
I want the spoils, but not too fast
The world is calling
It’s now or Neverland
Why can’t I stay a child forever and –
30/90
30/90
30/90
30/90
30/90
30-30/90
What can I do?
What can I do?

Watch / Listen


♬ Browse All Songs

The Hardest Les Miserables Lyric Quiz Ever

Written by Trevor Forry

Leave a Reply