Yesterday, I posted the John Lennon song, Imagine, and most of you liked it and noted how wonderful it would be to live in the world of Lennon’s imagination. Last night, our friend Nan made the following comment:
As much as I regret saying it, I fear his words will remain as “imagination” for the foreseeable future.
But it is nice to dream such a dream …
On reading her comment, another song immediately came to mind, and I share it with you today, for I think it is fitting for the moment. There are many, many versions of this by a variety of singers (even Gomer Pyle did one!) but this is the man, Richard Kiley, who sang the original in Man of La Mancha, and I find it the most moving and powerful …
The Impossible Dream
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Music by Mitch Leigh
To dream the impossible dream,
to fight the unbeatable foe,
to bear with unbearable sorrow,
to run where the brave dare not go.
To right the unrightable wrong,
to love pure and chaste from afar,
to try when your arms are too weary,
to reach the unreachable star.
This is my quest,
to follow that star —
no matter how hopeless,
no matter how far.
To fight for the right
without question or pause,
to be willing to march into hell for a
And I know if I’ll only be true to this
that my heart will be peaceful and calm
when I’m laid to my rest.
And the world will be better for this,
that one man scorned and covered with scars
still strove with his last ounce of courage.
To reach the unreachable stars.