Lost in the Stars is a musical with book and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson and music by Kurt Weill, based on the novel Cry, the Beloved Country (1948) by Alan Paton. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1949; it was the composer's last work for the stage before he died the following year.
Before Lord God made the sea or the land He held all the stars in the palm of his hand And they ran through his fingers like grains of sand And one little star fell alone
Then the Lord God hunted through the wide night air For the little dark star in the wind down there And he stated and promised he'd take special care So it wouldn't get lost no more
Now, a man don't mind if the stars get dim And the clouds blow over and darken him So long as the Lord God's watching over him Keeping track how it all goes on
But I've been walking through the night and the day Till my eyes get weary and my head turns gray And sometimes it seems maybe God's gone away Forgetting his promise and the word he'd say
And we're lost out here in the stars Little stars big stars blowing through the night And we're lost out here in the stars Little stars big stars blowing through the night And we're lost out here in the stars