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Once More With Feeling

Updated on August 29, 2017

The Musical Episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

This page collects all the songs from Once More With Feeling in handy listening format - as well as some other related bits and pieces, such as songs from the cast's musical careers. Once More With Feeling is one of the greatest episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer there ever was. A musical episode in which a handy demon (Sweet) - one of those 'Lord of the Dance types' is summoned as a handy plot device to turn Sunnydale into the stage for a musical.

The singers? Normal people, from Buffy to random ladies getting parking tickets. The songs? Their lives, loves, thoughts and feelings - and secrets... The danger? Spontaneous combustion from the intensity of feelings and the outpourings of passions.

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If you're just here to listen to the songs from Once More With Feeling then jump straight to the soundtrack. If you're here to learn about the musical in general, the series and the singers - then keep reading.

Haven't heard of Buffy? That's terrible. Terrible. Okay, quick recap - long-running (eight series) television series from Joss Whedon, featuring the kick-ass blonde, Buffy, who has been chosen to Slay With Prejudice against the vampires (and any other hell-beastie that chooses to come bother her). Along with her faithful Mr. Pointy, by this point in the series she has weathered various apocalypses (apocalypi?), died twice, encountered numerous uglies and now has a group of close friends supporting her, all with their own complications...

After watching this episode, I immediately rewatched it. And then I had to see what happened next, so I watched the next episode... but I'm planning to go back and watch for the third time in two days very, very soon.

Why is it so awesome? (I keep saying that word. And yes, it does mean what I think it means!) ...well,

The songs are original, and actually good. There's a wide variety, from sweet and high lovesong ('Under Your Spell from Tara - Amber Benson - who has an remarkably lovely voice) to the rocking and an extremely cool 'Rest in Peace' from Spike (complete with leather jacket, drama, and coffin posing) and some swinging jazz from Hinton Battle in 'What You Feel'.

Oh yes! They were all sung by the actual actors, which made it a lot more fun and believable than the dubbed-over soundtracks you often see. All the songs are here, in one form or another - and while putting this together I discovered the rather fantastic musical careers of Anthony Stweart Head (Giles), James Marsters (Spike) and even Amber Benson (Tara). I hope you enjoy yourself, whether you've seen Buffy before, or not!

The Fun Bits - Songs for Everyone! - Which song was best?

OMWF is now a cultural phenonemon. I have collected here the available highlights - most are only actually the soundtrack due to copyright issues, but the sound quality is good, and hey, songs are for listening to! A CD was released - as were action figures! And it is now a popular subject for re-enactments and performances, much like the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Only with less of an, uh, maturity factor.

Giles (to Buffy): "What did you sing about?"
Buffy: "I, uh...don't remember. But it seemed perfectly normal."
Xander: "But disturbing. And not the natural order of things and do you think it'll happen again? 'Cause I'm for the natural order of things."

I strongly recommend 'Rest In Peace' and 'Walk Through the Fire'. "Under Your Spell' is a wonderfully sweet lovesong. Also, for the hilarious touch of surreal terror, 'Bunnies' (partway through 'I've Got A Theory') has that touch of unforgettableness about it... what DO they need such good eyesight for, anyway?

The Boring Bits - Awards, Dates and Names - The facts and figures about Once More With Feeling

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Buffy - portrait in ArtRage Studio Pro

Once More With Feeling is the 7th episode in Season 6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was written and directed by Joss Whedon, and aired on the 6th November, 2001.

The original airing had 5.4 million viewers and was voted the 13th greatest musical of all time in a recent poll from Channel 4 (the British TV Channel), was ranked at number 14 by TV Guide for "TV's Top 100 Episodes of All Time", and was nominated for a Hugo award - but lost to LOTR: The Fellowship of the Rings. It DID win the Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television - Music, Episodic Live Action.

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Lyrics and music were written by Joss Whedon
The score was written by Christophe Beck
Arrangements by Beck and Jesse Tobias.

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As Giles prepares for his return to England, the gang secretly prepares to resurrect Buffy with a magic spell.

 

Own the soundtrack to Once More With Feeling - Buy the CD! An essential companion to the incredible episode.

An amazing compilation that is a requirement for every fan of Buffy, it contains all the songs from the musical episode as well as bonus scores and suites from other episodes, like Hush and Restless

Walk Through The Fire - A music video of the entire episode

Most of the videos available, due to copyright reasons are either very, very poor quality or are songs with nothing to see.

This montage is one of the exceptions- not a direct copy, but a remix set to the "Walk Through The Fire" song. Most of the highlights of the rest of the numbers appear, as well as some of my favourite parts from this song - Buffy's dramatic stride into the darkness, Willow's (Alyson Hannigan) line "I think my line's mostly filler" (she didn't want to sing much), and Spike's abrupt heel turn from "I hope she dies... better go help her"

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Going Through the Motions - Buffy fighting the Undead

The first song comes, naturally, from Buffy herself - out fighting vampires in the graveyard she starts singing

Every single night, the same arrangement,
I go out and fight the fight.
Still I always feel this strange enstrangement,
Nothing here is real, nothing here is right.
I've been making shows of trading blows
Just hoping no one knows
That I've been going through the motions,
Walking though the part,
Nothing seems to penetrate my heart.

This video also includes the Overture - the first minute is just the introduction music. Also, the part in the middle with the rescued victim (a half naked, very attractive blonde Daniel Weaver) is hilarious...

How can I repay -

Buffy: Whatever...

I've Got a Theory / Bunnies / If We're Together - The Scoobies

The group starts singing about what could be causing the singing - begun by Giles, and then the rest join in.

I've got a theory, that it's a demon,

A dancing demon... no, something isn't right there.

(Willow) I've got a theory, some kid is dreamin'

And we're all stuck inside his wacky Broadway nightmare.

...with a very dramatic verse from Anya abut the terrible threat from bunnies.

Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes,

They've got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses.

And what's with all the carrots-?

What do they need such good eyesight for anywa - y?

Bunnies, bunnies it must be bunnies!

And then Buffy steps in, and they segue to 'Together'

We have to try. We'll pay the price.

It's do or die. (Buffy) Hey, I've died twice!

What can't we face if we're together?

Watch the Clip of 'I've Got A Theory/ Bunnies / If We're Together.

This is worthwatching for Anya's 'Bunnies' section. Very worth it.

These videos tend to get taken down a lot - if the sound quality isn't too good, I suggest muting this one and playing the sound from the one above, if you don't mind taking half a minute to match them up.

BtVS Once More With Feeling icons - P1
BtVS Once More With Feeling icons - P1

The Mustard - They got the Mustard out! A one-line song with chorus

Buffy sticks her head out the door to check if it's just the group, or if the whole of Sunnydale is afflicted. The answer is a resounding 'it's everyone.'

The joyous man heaing the chorus, waving a cleaned shirt, was executive producer/writer David Fury.

(Selfless in Season 7 explains how the mustard stains got onto the shirt in the first place, during a musical flashback from Anya...)

This is one of the sweetest songs, both in pitch and meaning - sung by Tara (Amber Benson) to Willow.

I'm under your spell

How else could it be

Anyone would notice me?

It's magic, I can tell

How you set me free

Brought me out so easily

BtVS Once More With Feeling icons - P2
BtVS Once More With Feeling icons - P2

Under Your Spell - Live - A shaky, but sweet live version of Amber Benson singing 'Under Your Spell'

Tara Maclay (played by Amber Benson)

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Amber Benson (Tara Maclay from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) - Click through for more BtVS Fan Art

More singing from Amber Benson

I'll Never Tell - Xander and Anya

The humourous showbiz duet from Anya and Xander, in which they sing of their love for each other... and the fears they dare not tell each other about their upcoming marriage. Because there's nothing to tell.

This is the man that I plan to entangle, isn't he fine?

My claim to fame was to maim and to mangle, vengeance was mine!

But I'm out of the biz, the name I made I'll trade for his.

The only trouble is - I'll never tell.

Watch the clip of 'I'll Never Tell'

Another low quality video, but again, it's worth watching them dancing around! Think Chicago and music halls.

'I'll Never Tell' Sung by Jeff and Dianne Lang

The Parking Ticket

A guest appearance from writer and producer Marti Noxon, as a random woman receiving a parking ticket on the street.

Rest in Peace - Spike to Buffy

This is an awesome song - definitely one of my favourites. Spike pours his heart out about the frustrations of his and Buffy's relationship, starting off slow, then leaping into rock-and-rolling guitar.

Let me rest in piece

Let me get some sleep

Let me take my love and bury it...

A whole six foot deep

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Watch the clip of 'Rest In Peace'

This version of RIP has terrible sound quality and picture quality - but it's the only one which actually shows the video part of the episode as well as the audio... DON'T bother trying to enlarge it, the quality is awful.

James Marsters and Ghost of the Robot - The musical career of James Marsters

James Marsters was the lead singer and guitarist for his own rock band, Ghost of the Robot - a band that lasted two years, released one CD, one EP and three singles and was a cult hit. He has since gone on to a solo musical career, releasing two albums so far "Civilized Man" and "Like A Waterfall".

The Ghost of the Robot CD, 'Mad Brilliant' is now almost impossible to find, and has become a highly collectible item.

Like A Waterfall
Like A Waterfall

Bluesy and slower than his other works, it's a change from his other music but a great album.

 
Mad Brilliant
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The band has a very distinct sound. It can't really be compared to anything else, and that makes it very hard to describe to someone who's never heard anything by the band. Every song on the album is excellent. Among the best are "Blocking Brainwaves", "Call 911", "Vehicles Shock Me", "Liar", "Dangerous", and "Good Night Sweet Girl". Throughout the CD there's high-powered guitar, perfect drums, and very nice vocals by Marsters. The lyrics are top-notch (most of the songs were written by DeMars).

Unfortunately, as this CD never hit the mass market, it's become quite rare and a major collectable, selling for up to $200 on eBay. But if you do find it, purchase it. It's worth it. I bought it to hear Marsters sing (I'd previously heard him perform on the critically-acclaimed musical episode of BUFFY), but in the end, I think of it as what it is - a Ghost of the Robot album, not a James Marsters album. (F.Y.I., Marsters released a solo album last year, titled CIVILIZED MAN. In my opinion, it's a fine album, but nowhere near as good as MAD BRILLIANT.)

MAD BRILLIANT is an absolutely awesome album. I don't know how to describe it. I suppose you'll just have to hunt it down, or download the songs from somewhere else (clips were at one time available on-line). It's one of my favorite CDs ever - a joy to listen to, and it never gets old. By all means, give it a shot.

 

Songs from Ghost of the Robot

Rest In Peace - Live - James Marsters sings Rest in Peace @ 14 Below

Behind the Scenes - James Marsters Singing Rest in Peace

More Songs from James Marsters

Standing In The Way - Giles to Buffy

Giles comes to the realisation that he's 'Standing in the way' of Buffy growing up, that as long as he is there, she'll depend on him to protect her and handle the hard stuff - from disciplining Dawn, to telling her what to do next.
This is one of the saddest songs, and sung very well by Anthony Stewart Head - it should appeal to Blues-lovers...

I wish I could say

The right words

To lead you through this land

Wish I could play the father

And take you by the hand

Wish I could stay here

But now I understand

I'm standing in the way

The musical career of Anthony Stewart Head - Music for Elevators

Giles was played by Anthony Stewart Head, who was probably the most musically experienced, with lead roles in various musicals (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Chess and Repo! The Genetic Opera) and has released a solo album, Music for Elevators, with small guest appearances by James Marsters, Alyson Hannigan and Amber Benson, and a song by Joss Whedon.

Music for Elevators
Music for Elevators

A wonderfully sad, sweet compilation - if you liked 'Standing' above, you'll like this CD.

 

Repo! The Genetic Opera - Anthony Stewart Head also sang in Repo!

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Music for Elevators - Anthony Head

You can listen to a sampling of Music for Elevators here - bonus points for spotting the guest singers!

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Under Your Spell / Standing — reprise - Tara and Giles

Tara and Giles sing a reprise of their songs to oblivious Buffy and Willow...

Dawn's Lament - A short, interrupted song from Dawn

Dawn was played by Michelle Trachtenberg, who rhad agreed with Joss Whedon to "sing as little as possible and dance a whole lot". Hence the two sung lines, before being kidnapped... once she awoke, she performed a ballet of attempted escape.

What You Feel - It's Swinging time... Sweet and Dawn

The Lord of the Dance Demon - Sweet - steps up to the mike with some swinging Jazz. Sweet was played by Hinton Battle.

I come from the imagination

And I'm here strictly by your invocation.

So what do you say-

Why don't we dance a while?

I'm the heart of swing.

I'm the twist and shout.

When you gotta sing,

When you gotta let it out.

You call me and I come a-runnin'.

I turn the music on, I bring the fun in.

Now we're partyin', that's what it's all about.

High Quality Version with Turkish Subtitles

Enjoy this before it gets pulled for copyright violation!

Dawn's Ballet and What You Feel Live - The live version of 'Dawn's Ballet' from the stage version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Performed Feb 2005, Bognor Regis, UK. An amateur production, performed by students who loved BtVS.

What You Feel — reprise

And after Sweet decides to leave, he sings out a few parting bars, in a reprise of 'What You Feel'.

Walk Through the Fire - They make their way to Sweet

One of the most dramatic songs of the film, with the entire cast of characters singing as they make their way to the showdown at the Bronze.

So, I will walk through the fire

Cause where else can I turn?

I will walk through the fire

And let it -

Something to Sing About - The hardest thing in this world is to live in it.

Buffy sings a defiant hopeless showdown about her feelings... and lets out certain secrets. She gets more and more despairing and leaps into a suicidal dance, to be stopped by Spike. This particular song is very spoilerish if you haven't seen the episode yet.

Incidentally, the highlight moment? The rest of the gang arrives, Giles says "she needs backup!" and Tara and Anya leap in as backing dancers...

Life's a show and we all play our parts
And when the music starts,
We open up our hearts

It's all right if some things come out wrong.
We'll sing a happy song
And you can sing along.

Where Do We Go from Here? - The final chorus

The final closing song....

Giles:The battle's done,

And we kind of won

Giles/Tara:So we sound our vict'ry cheer

Where do we go from here?

Once More With Feeling: Behind the Scenes - The Making of the Musical

Full versions of the Behind the Scenes

These videos tend to get taken down a lot.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show 2007 - Amber Benson and Anthony Stewart Head

Amber Benson singing Janet and Anthony Head as Rocky makes for a very memorable musical. Also in two parts below.

Amber Benson - "Creature of the Night" (Rocky Horror)

Anthony Stewart Head "Planet Schmanet Janet/Hot Dog" - Rocky Horror Picture Show 25th Anniversary celebrity karaoke special

Fun Fact 2: It took me three times longer to finish this because I kept watching the videos again

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      alex89 lm 5 years ago

      I love Buffy and this was definitely my favorite episode... I actually just watched it last night again

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      MissBuffySpears 5 years ago

      I looooove Buffy! Great page about Once More With Feeling. I own the CD and listen to it all the time.

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      RocklawnArts 5 years ago

      Absolutely!

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      jenms lm 6 years ago

      I'm a huge Buffy fan - this is one of the best episodes. I get out the DVDs for a marathon every so often.

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Ok...now I'm in the right place lol...

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      How could I have missed this lens of yours before? I love Joss Whedon, I love Buffy, I loved this episode and I love how you wrote about it. Congrats on your well-deserved purple star! *blessed by an angel)*

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      mrsm54321 7 years ago

      I love this lens! Well done on such a great job.

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      Thanks for Lensrolling my Dr. Horrible lens - I returned the favour. :o)

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      Christene-S 7 years ago

      I love this lens! :)

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      Brookelorren LM 7 years ago

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      This is my favorite of all the Buffy episodes!