I’m not quite sure when I first witnessed the triumph that is The Sound of Music; I don’t have a distinct or specific memory of it. But I can tell you that is my FAVORITE musical of all time and that because of this and Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews has remained an untouchable goddess to me. She.is.everything.

But beyond my insane (and some would argue unexpected) fandom of Julie Andrews and The Sound of Music, “I Have Confidence” is one of my favorite songs EVER. And for me, as a musician, holder of a Music degree, and overall music FAN that is SAYING something.

The song is a Rodgers & Hammerstein masterpiece, especially the lyrics. I think one of the reasons why musical theatre is so powerful is because of it’s ability to tell extremely compelling stories but also have the songs be relatable to the viewer/listener so that even when you leave the theatre, you can take those songs with them, hold them close, and call them yours; to feel a sense of belonging and ownership to them. Like, yes, “I Have Confidence” is what Fraulein Maria sings as she’s sent from The Abbey to the house von Trapp, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about being terrified about what’s about to happen in your future and doing your best to meet it with a positive outlook; You find yourself in a set of circumstances and you must move forward, but you’re scared and you know what? You somehow scrape up the willpower and positivity to say, “I can do this! I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m going to make it work! I’m going to cast aside this self-doubt and I’m really going to go for it, no matter what happens!”

Personally this song is crucial to me because I struggle so much with this sort of thing. It’s so hard to will yourself to be bright, upbeat, and positive. Some days it feels impossible. Some days it’s easier to feel depressed. This song can be the perfect antidote to give myself more energy, to play a role in moving myself forward, and leaving the bad, self-sabotaging feelings behind.

My heart should be wildly rejoicing.
Oh, what’s the matter with me?
I’ve always longed for adventure,
To do the things I’ve never dared.
Now here I’m facing adventure
Then why am I so scared?…

…Oh, I must stop these doubts,
All these worries.
If I don’t I just know I’ll turn back!
I must dream of the things I am seeking.
I am seeking the courage I lack.

The courage to serve them with reliance,
Face my mistakes without defiance.
Show them I’m worthy
And while I show them
I’ll show me!
So, let them bring on all their problems,
I’ll do better than my best.
I have confidence
They’ll put me to the test!
But I’ll make them see
I have confidence in me…

…With each step I am more certain,
Everything will turn out fine.
I have confidence,
The world can all be mine!
They’ll have to agree
I have confidence in me.
I have confidence in sunshine,
I have confidence in rain.
I have confidence that spring will come again!
Besides what you see I have confidence in me.
Strength doesn’t lie in numbers.
Strength doesn’t lie in wealth,
Strength lies in nights of peaceful slumbers,
When you wake up, wake up!
It’s healthy!
All I trust I leave my heart to,
All I trust becomes my own!
I have confidence in confidence alone.
I have confidence in confidence alone!
Besides, which you see, I have confidence in me!
It’s just so bright! So sunny! So positive and pure! And Julie Andrews’s delivery of it is spectacular. I believe every word she’s saying! There isn’t a doubt in my mind! And I want that for me, you know? I want to shed all my doubts and tackle life and move forward with grace, despite any stumbles or mistakes because I know in the end they will help make me who I am!
Does anyone else have song like this they hold close to their heart, musical theatre or otherwise? Drop it in the comments! I’d love to hear about it!

Author: Roe

30. she/her. Songwriter & Trek Punk Soul™.


  1. Julie Andrews make such a wonderful Maria and part of why the movie of Sound of Music is so successful. I fell in love with Sound of Music many years ago (I am 24 now and fell in love with it in elementary school). My favorite song from the musical is Edelweiss and part of that has to do with the fact that the song was my first piano recital song. But I still love Do Re Mi, My Favorite Things and others. The Sound of Music is so meaningful to me as it was an important part of my childhood.

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    1. I’m 27, so I feel like I had to have seen it in elementary school as well. And come on – who didn’t learn Do-Re-Mi at some point in their childhood?

      Edelweiss is absolutely classic (and Christopher Plummer, are you kidding me?! *heart-eyes*). That’s so great; I used to do piano recitals as kid quite frequently; now I’m wishing I pulled material from The Sound of Music catalog! Favorite Things is also wonderful!

      Ah, it’s all just so untouchable and perfect and I love it so 🙂


      1. I did piano from 4th to 12th grade. A lot of why Sound of Music is meaningful has to do with the fact that it is a part of my childhood. At the age of 21 in 2015, I finally got to see live. I was not excepting to pick up on sad in Edelweiss and actually cry. That has never happened with Sound of Music before.

        Which musical fan has never loved Sound of Music? It is basically impossible

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      2. Sound of Music is party of why I love musicals so much. All the musicals I grew up with helped lay down a foundation with musicals in the first place.


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