Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Impossible Dream

I love music.
There are many songs that have inspired me, made me laugh, been connected to memories, or gotten me through tough times.
One great song has been running through my mind the last few days.
In the Broadway play Man of La Mancha, Don Quixote explains to Aldonza what his quest is and why he does what he does.
Even if you have never seen the play, you must have heard this song before.
Here are the lyrics:
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 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 star
One interesting thing about this is that Don Quixote is just a bit crazy.
But maybe you have to be crazy to see the world with the hope that he does.
Maybe we could all use a little bit of crazy. (Or maybe I just want an excuse...)


Tom and Lillie Wilkinson said...

This song was sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Chior on a broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word that was aired on BYUTV on Sunday morning (Mother's Day). I have also loved this song for a long time. As I heard this on Sunday I had to pause and ask was it that he was crazy to see dragons where others saw only windmills or was he somewhat prophetic. The prophets down through the ages have all been criticized for being "visionary" men, or people who see things that are not there. I prefer to look on them as people who saw things as they really are, with all disguises swept aside. I guess I have to sympathize with Don Quixote as I have often been accused of being rather quixotic myself. -- Drew

Living on the Spit said...

I use the same excuse.

Great post and brought back memories of my Dad belting it out every time he heard the song.

Carrie and Karl said...

That is a great song.
I've been meaning to tell you I heard a song the other day and thought of you. The older kids at the elementary school were all out on the playground doing a line dance to "Eye of the Tiger". It made me think of you- the song, not the kids dancing, although it was fun to watch.