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From the 1973 Live Album, Land of Make Believe,
Chuck Mangione Quartet with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
& Esther Satterfield, vocalist.

When you're feeling down and out
Wondering what this world's about
I know a place that has the answer.

It's a place where no one dies.
It's a land where no one cries.
And good vibrations always
Greet you.

How I love when my thoughts run
To the land of make believe.
Where everything is fun
Forever.

Children always gather around
Mother Goose and all her rhyme
They fill the air with sounds
Of laughter.

People dancing
Their hearts are filled
With all the reasons why.
You and I should learn the way
Of the land of make believe
And make this world of ours
Much brighter.

[Mangione on flugelhorn solo]

I once asked the Wizard of Oz
For the secret of his land
He said, "Just take a look around here.
Seven dwarves and Little Boy Blue,
Uncle Remus and Snow White, too.
(Now, just between us,
That's what's known as integration.)

Jack and Jill are hard at work
Helping children dream awhile,
And Snoopys making smiles
For grown-ups.

All the elves are making toys
They are rich with all the joys
Of seeing happy kids
At Christmas.

We are waiting
To help you find
The dream made just for you.

In a few words let's just say
That in answer to your quiz
Imagination is
The secret."

[Saxophone solo]

[Orchestra fugues a while]

Hear the music of the band
It was written in our land
For what's a song but someone's
Dream?

In your world there was a King
He once said, "I have a dream,"
Now there's a man who new
The secret.

Dreams are really
The thoughts that you
Have hidden in your heart.

When you start a brand new day
Let your heart show you the way
And make a dream or two
Come true.

How I love when my thoughts run
To the land of make believe
Where everything is fun
Forever.

[Mangione]



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    WeirdWardMay 5, 2008 at 1:17 am
    So if I buy the Chuck Mangione disc, do I get singing or not?

    It seems pretty simple. If there is singing on the recording, then there are lyrics. If there is no singing, then there are none.

    A live performance with special guests is not the same as an original recording.

    So which is it?
  • jopezz
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    jopezzMay 2, 2008 at 1:17 am
    I'm sure glad the video is here so I can make out what Chuck Mangione sings. It's hard to hear words through a flugelhorn.

    He has never sung on any of his records. Since the song is instrumental, what are the lyrics for? Did you make them up? Are they some OTHER artists recording of the song?
  • ChrisFishA-CrossRiff
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    ChrisFishA-CrossRiffOct 8, 2008 at 9:07 pm
    Ok, so the song doesn't have the GREATEST lyrics... but take yourself back to the 70s where segregation and racism was popular. Esther Satterfield sang this song in hopes that people would turn from their prejudice ways and begin to love people as people. It's a great passive agressive political song.
  • thelyricman
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    thelyricmanOct 8, 2008 at 8:05 pm
    Hey "jopezz" stop being a moron and read the description. "From the 1973 Live Album, Land of Make Believe, Chuck Mangione Quartet with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra & Esther Satterfield, vocalist."

    It is from a Chuck Mangione performance with a guest vocalist. Seems like a reasonable way to locate the lyrics to me (and most other human beings).

    -Lighten up, and take a hike.
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    UnregisteredApr 1, 2012 at 6:10 am
    Such a beautiful song, the voice of esther satterfield is angelic. The song is about imagining a better world, with joy, respect and appreciation for diversity among people. I love this song!

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