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DREAMS FOR ALICE / Promise To Dream

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Published on Jan 29, 2011

From my musical DREAMS FOR ALICE this is the final song of the musical and is sung by the Lewis Carroll character as Alice grows too old for the stories and moves on from childhood. The musical isn't just a simple recreation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND but moves back and forth between Oxford of the 1860s and the Wonderland that Carroll created verbally over many afternoons for the very real Alice Liddell and her sisters. The musical does include all of the favorite Wonderland characters but the central theme is aging and lost childhood. The final verse about "All in a Golden Afternoon" is from the opening dedication of the Wonderland book to Alice Liddell and is a reprise from the version that opens the show. Watch my www.DREAMSFORALICE.com web site for future performances. AND FOR A COMPLETE CAST RECORDING GO TO AMAZON OR iTUNES!

LYRICS:

PROMISE TO DREAM

Lewis Carroll:

These summer days they pass so quickly
As the seasons to years
I turn around you've grown completely
That little girl has disappeared
And through these days we have come to find questions
weren't nearly as clear as they'd seemed
And through these words I believed we'd find answers
unfolding right out of our dreams

Lost within these answers
hid the tests of time's cruel dancers
Cold... Hard... Truth...

These summer days
Now fading softly
As the evening's shadows near
I miss the past
The childish laughter
ringing after
always there
So my stories will not fade away to memories
lost from you

Promise to dream every day of your life
Promise to dream through the darkest of nights
May you never have to cry yourself to sleep
Ever more
Just dream ever more

Alice (Now singing Carroll's opening poem back to him):

All in a golden afternoon
full leisurely we'd glide
For both our oars with little skill
By little arms are plied
While little hands make vain pretense
Our wanderings to guide...

Lewis Carroll with Alice, The Queen, and finally the Rabbit:

Promise to dream every day of your life
Promise to dream through the darkest of nights (Repeat)

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