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dali_lage_dorSALVADOR DALI – L’Age d’Or  (Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

No mention of The Man of La Mancha is complete without hearing the show’s most renowned piece, The Impossible Dream.  This inspiring song has fallen victim to its own success; suffering abuse from so many pretenders from Elvis Presley to the local elementary school drama group. Luckily, Youtube carries the original movie version by the Peter O’Toole, who, while no Pavorotti (who performs the ultimate concert version with his friends Carreras and Domingo) , manages to deliver the song with his trademark intensity. Less fortunate is the video quality – but then it is all in the hearing.  If your taste is more for music than drama, there are several other Youtube offerings below, including in French and Spanish.  Whatever you do, do NOT miss the HONDA commercial!

THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

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


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HONDA TV Commercial – with Andy Williams

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RICHARD KILEY – ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST (1965)

PLACIDO DOMINGO

ROBERTA FLACK

LUTHER VANDROSS

ELVIS PRESLEY

SHIRLEY BASSEY

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LYRICS in French

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PALOMA SAN BASILIO

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LYRICS in Spanish



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