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The Impossible Dream

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(Darion / Leigh)

 

Information:

Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh wrote The Impossible Dream for the 1965 musical play, The Man of La Mancha, in which it was introduced by Richard Kiley. The next year, Jack Jones had a number one Easy-Listening hit with his recording of the song (Kapp 755). Other versions of The Impossible Dream include those by Roy Hamilton (RCA 47-8813) in 1966, Roger Williams (Kapp 907) in 1968, and the Hesitations (Kapp 899), also in 1968. Elvis never recorded The Impossible Dream in the studio. Only live concert versions from 1972 exist on record.

 

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 un-rightable wrong
To be better far than you are
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
Oh, 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

The world will be better for this

Oh, that one man scorned and covered with scars

He still strove with his last ounce of courage

To reach the unreachable star!


Where it was released:

First released on Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden 

 

Singles:

- The Impossible Dream / An American Trilogy (RCA JH-13302). August 1982. Promotional single sold only in Tupelo, Mississippi, during August 1982.

 

LPs/CDs:

- Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden (1972)

- He Walks Beside Me (1978)

- The Greatest Show on Earth (1978)

- Legendary Concert Performances (1978)

- Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden (1979)

- Walk a Mile in My Shoes - The Essential 70's Masters (1995)

- Burning Love (1999)

- Junichiro Koizumi Presents My Favourite Elvis Songs (2001)
- The Impossible Dream (2004) - FTD 
- Live From Las Vegas (2005) - Capitol
- Live in Las Vegas (2001) - box set
- An American Trilogy (2007) - FTD
- Elvis Viva Las Vegas (2007)
- Viva Las Vegas (2007)
- Standing Room Only (2009) - FTD 
 His Songs of Praise, Volume 2 (2017) - FTD 
 
Bootleg Releases:
- The Legend Lives On (1976) - Presley  Collection Series
- Superstar Outtakes, Volume 2 (1977) - E.P. Records

- Eternal Elvis, Volume 2 (1979) - Eagle Records

 

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