The Impossible Dream

(from "Man Of La Mancha")

Words & Music:

Joe Darion & Mitch Leigh


A favorite tune of Teddy's.  R.I.P.


A9   A      A9        A6    A     D9    D        D9      D

To dream the impossible dream, to fight-- the unbeatable foe.

   C#m        C#m7      D6            Bm           Bm7/E          E7

To bear with unbearable sorrow, to run where the brave dare not go.

A9      A    A9         A6   A     D9  D                      D9  D

To right the unrightable wrong, to love pure and chaste from afar.

   C#m           C#m7         D6        Bm         Bm7/E      E7

To try when your arms are too weary, to reach the unreachable star.


Bm7/5-      A                    F#m

This is my quest, to follow that star.

              C#m                     D6

No matter how hopeless, no matter how far.

                 F#m                       F

To fight for the right without question or pause.

      A+         A          A+         F#m      G

To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause.

      Bm                   G                     C#

And I know if I'll only be true to this glorious quest,

        D6                          B7            Dm         Bm7/5-  E7

That my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I'm laid to my rest.


          A9   A          A9         A

And the world---- will be better for this:

         D9  D              D9           D

That one man--, scorned and covered with scars

      C#m             C#m7          D6

Still strove with his last ounce of courage

   A   F#m        D     D9  Bm7/5-  A

To reach-- the un-reach-a---ble---  star.


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