I thought of a handful of songs that fitted Jim’s theme for today’s Song Lyric Sunday, but eventually settled on a track that has been covered many times but is still able to convey the depths of conviction and grit-your-teeth determination.
The song is “The Impossible Dream” (otherwise known as “The Quest”), first sung by Don Quixote from the musical “Man Of La Mancha”.
After comparing different recordings I have opted for Josh Groban’s bellowing voice. A friend of ours recently saw Josh performing live over in the US and said he was quite marvelous, so there we go, he has pipped the likes of Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, and Andy Williams.
Credits: Joseph Darion and Mitch Leigh
To dream the impossible dream To fight the unbeatable foe To bear with unbearable sorrow And to run where the brave dare not go To right the unrightable wrong And 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, march into Hell For that heavenly cause And I know if I'll only be true To this glorious quest That my heart will lie 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 the unreachable the unreachable star And I always dream the impossible dream Yes, I'll reach the unreachable star