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Who Knew

for TTBB choir 

Who Knew - Amabile
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Length: 7'56"
Composition Date: 2008
Commissioned by: The Colours of Music Festival for the Amabile Boys' & Men's Choirs,

Carol Beynon Artistic Director

Premiered: by Amabile Boys and Men’s Choir, Carol Beynon conductor, on Friday, October 3, 2008 at Central United Church, Barrie, Ontario. 

Text by Val Brandt

I am a terror

I’m in-destructible

I rose from the primeval goo

Enemies fear me

Girls can’t get near me

My daydreams would horrify you

 

Who knew, who knew.

 

I am immortal

All things are possible

I’ve ordered the sky to stay blue

Lovers await me

Fortune is calling

All of my dreams will come true.

 

Who knew, who knew.

 

(CHORUS)

Who knew life would be shorter and longer and wider

and stranger and sadder and darker than feared

Who knew things could get better and deeper and sweeter  

and wonderfully rich or surprisingly weird.

So hoot if it feels good and howl if it doesn’t

Kiss who will have you and breathe while you can

Cherish what’s working and laugh at what isn’t

Failure is simply a change of plans.

Love til your heart is full to bursting

Dance til you’re dizzy, laugh like a loon

Sing every song that’s ever been written

Make up your own if you don’t know the tune.

Don’t be afraid of the slipperiest slope

Life is still life til you run out of rope

Dream on your deathbed of what could still be

For the last thing to leave us is hope.

Who knew, who knew, who knew

The last thing to leave us is hope.                               

 

I’m only human

My stress is relentless

The mortgage is endlessly due

But health is my ally

Love is my fortune

And one or two dreams may come true.

                                               

Who knew, who knew.

 

I am contented

though somewhat redundant

My savings should carry me through

Friends are my comfort

Humour sustains me

I’ve forgotten what dreams have come true.                                                   

 

Who knew, who knew.

 

(CHORUS)

                                   

I am immortal

All things are possible

I have ordered the sky to stay blue

Lovers await me

Fortune is calling

All of my dreams will come true

 

Who knew.

 

I knew

All of my dreams would come true.

 

(CHORUS)

Score Excerpt