The Impossible Dream

My dad was a vocalist. He was in several bands and well known as a powerhouse singer in the little town we lived in when I was a kid. One of the songs I most clearly remember him singing is The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha (Don Quixote). It has always been one of my favorite musicals and books…Don Quixote has always been this wonderful figure in my imagination. Maybe it’s because I hear him singing with my dad’s voice. I don’t know.

Sometimes this feels like an impossible dream. The planning and preparation for this journey are going well. All the ducks seem to be lining up – but when I stop and think about it – I have to admit, it sounds crazy. Like jousting at windmills. My dad thinks I’m putting my family at risk, I can feel the disapproval of others. There are so many reasons not to do this – like the fact that we don’t even know how to play our ukuleles yet – and yet – we are learning. This glorious quest is coming to life. Each day we are finding more reasons to do this. Each day we are moving closer to making this a reality.

Introducción: D# D B Am-F-Am F C

G D G Bm
To dream… the impossible dream…
C F C-Am
To fight… the unbeatable foe…
Bm D C
To bear… with unbearable sorrow…
G Am C D A#
and to run… where the brave dare not go…
G Bm C
To right… the unrightable wrong…
D Am Am
and to love… pure and chaste from afar…
Bm C
To try… when your arms are too weary…
Am G C D
and to reach… the unreachable star…
Am G Em
This is my quest, to follow that star…
Bm G C
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far…
Am C Em D#
To fight for the right, without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause…
Am Em C E C F B
and I know if I’ll only be true, to this glorious quest,
Am C
that my heart will lie will lie peaceful and calm,
D Em B C-D C
when I’m laid to my rest______.
G D Bm
And the world will be better for this:
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Am Bm D C
still strove, with his last ounce of courage…
Am G D Fm
To reach… the unreachable star…
Bm D G Bm D G E
the unreachable, the unreachable star____________.

Am F#m Am Em-C-Bm D C

And I leave a impossible dream
Em D Em
And I leave a impossible dream

C Bm
and to reach… the unreachable
the unreachable star