This tone distinction is also good for enhancing the fact that Neville’s loss is not felt as deeply because he coveted Lily as a material object, as he covets the possessions of others. It is not the profound, genuine loss felt by Archibald.
The second half of the song was more moving to me because the rhythm seemed to pick up. This may be due to the lyrics and their structure within the song. In the beginning Neville and Archibald sing stanzas that are much longer than they do in the second half of the song. In Neville’s second stanza he sang eleven lines to Archibald’s nine. However, as the song progresses they singing alternates more rapidly between the men because they only sing one or two lines before the exchange. This helps to mirror the mood of the piece and the environment. Archibald and Neville have a storm of emotions brewing within them as they do between one another. In addition, the storm rages in the background during this scene in the play and the rapid exchanges between the men mirror this storm imagery. The singers did a particularly good job during this part of the song as they articulated the lyrics quite distinctly and added to the mood of the lyrics by mirroring them in their body language and tone. When Neville sings he “longed for the day, she’d turn and see me standing there”, we know he really longed for Lily, even if it was an objectification of her. Archibald’s tone is just as enhancing, and I liked how the singer had an ironic mocking tone that was sad and poignant as well when he sang the line “Imagine me a lover.” The song comes to a beautiful close, which shows its well-crafted construction, because the two singers sing simultaneously the same exact lyrics, which further serves to reinforce the dilemma of two men being in love with the same women, both recognizing traces of her love in the eyes of a young girl.