Thursday, June 23, 2011

1965, “The Impossible Dream”, Lyrics from “Man of La Mancha”: What Consider You?


Written by Mitch Leigh (composition) and Joe Darion (lyrics) for the musical “Man of La Mancha”, the song itself was song by the character, Don Quixote, who is, in fact, the man or knight of La Mancha, in the play written by Miguel de Cervantes.

Quixote, by Cervantes’ admission, is not necessarily ideal but is symbolic of an order of an ideal which encompasses the real, noble, accidental, anecdotal and possibly absurd qualities of that class of man. He is by all expressions, a prototype.

Most poignant, however, for this blog entry are the lyrics of this fantastic song for your consideration. It was a #1 hit sung by Jack Jones in 1966 and of course re-ignited in the pop charts by Simon Gilbert who sang it for Peter O’Toole in the 1972 film adaptation of the play (Man of La Mancha) and recorded ad absurdum by pop artists in the decades that followed and still sung today in tribute to many notable people. However, in truth, its greatest attribution is without comparison and that is as a song about our Lord, the One Savior, God's Son, Jesus the Christ.

Feel free to listen here to Jack Johnson as he sings The Impossible Dream. Then, when you are finished, thank our God that His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, reached that Impossible Dream on our behalf.

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

Thank you Holy Father, thank you. We are nothing and you are everything and you, only you, could do what is impossible. The Evil One lied, was tried and now protests and your rebuttal is immutable and impeccable. Thank you God of integrity.

1 comment:

Lou Martuneac said...


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