Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A BRAND NEW DAY (EVERYBODY REJOICE) FROM THE WIZ


One of my favorite parts of the movie version of The Wiz is when Evilene's sweatshop workers unzip themselves out of their cumbersome leather suits to reveal fantastic dancer's bodies in bright yellow outfits. They twirl and jump in a celebratory fashion along with Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion in an amazing number set to this song.The suits could represent anything we're happy to shed - outdated beliefs, internalized oppression, etc.

What a terrific number. The lyrics are by Luther Vandross.


Everybody look around
Cause there's a reason to rejoice you see
Everybody come out
And let's commence to singing joyfully
'Cause there's a reason to rejoice you see
Everybody come out
And let's commence to singing joyfully
Everybody look up
And feel the hope that we've been waiting for

Everybody's glad
Because our silent fear and dread is gone
Freedom, you see, has got our hearts singing so joyfully
Just look about
You owe it to yourself to check it out
Can't you feel a brand new day?
Can't you feel a brand new day?
Can't you feel a brand new day?
Can't you feel a brand new day?

Everybody be glad
Because the sun is shining just for us
Everybody wake up
Into the morning into happiness

Hello world
It's like a different way of living now
And thank you world
We always knew that we'd be free somehow
In harmony
And show the world that we've got liberty

It's such a change
For us to live so independently
Freedom, you see, has got our hearts singing so joyfully
Just look about
You owe it to yourself to check it out
Can't you feel a brand new day?
Can't you feel a brand new day?

Everybody be glad
Because the sun is shining just for us
Everybody wake up
Into the morning into happiness
Hello world
It's like a different way of living now
And thank you world
We always knew that we'd be free somehow
In harmony
And show the world that we've got liberty

It's such a change
For us to live so independently
Freedom, you see, has got our hearts singing so joyfully
Just look about
You owe it to yourself to check it out
Can't you feel a brand new day?
Can't you feel a brand new day?
Can't you feel a brand new day?
Can't you feel a brand new day?

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