'Till We Reach That Day' from Ragtime the Musical

I've been listening to this rendition of "Til We Reach That Day' lately. I am in love with the way this casts' voices blend together and how they bring such emotion to the song. 

The Soloists:
Piper Jones ('12) as Sarah's Friend
Deonte Warren ('10) as Coalhouse Walker, Jr.
Jessica Blair ('09) as Emma Goldman
James Lombardino ('09) as Tateh
Kara Farmer ('09) as Mother


Belmont University Musical Theatre Department - RAGTIME - Fall 2008

Till We Reach That Day 
Music by Stephen Flaherty 
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Terrence McNally


COALHOUSE (spoken):
No!

SARAH'S FRIEND:
There's a day of hope
May I live to see
When our hearts are happy
And our souls are free
Let the new day dawn
Oh, Lord, I pray
We'll never get to heaven
Till we reach that day

MOURNERS:
It's a day of peace
A day of pride
A day of justice
We have been denied
When a man can live
And a child can play
We'll never get to heaven
Till we reach that day

SARAH'S FRIEND:
A day of pride
It's been denied

COALHOUSE:
What they did to her
What they took from her
She had life in her
Lord, she had my baby
Look what they left of her
Left of her, left of my girl

EMMA GOLDMAN:
She was nothing to them
She was a woman

MOTHER and EMMA:
Nothing and no one to them

COALHOUSE:
My girl

EMMA, MOTHER, and COALHOUSE:
So they beat her
And beat her and beat her and -

MOURNERS:
A day of peace

COALHOUSE:
There was blood on the ground

MOURNERS:
A day of pride

COALHOUSE, EMMA and MOTHER:
She was only a girl

MOURNERS:
A day of justice

COALHOUSE, EMMA, YOUNGER BROTHER, MOTHER, FATHER:
It will happen again

MOURNERS:
We have been denied

ENSEMBLE:
It will happen again and again and again

MOURNERS:
Let the new day dawn
Oh Lord -

TATEH:
Why does nobody care

YOUNGER BROTHER and EMMA:
There is blood in the air

WOMEN:
We have voices and souls

COALHOUSE, MOTHER, EMMA, YOUNGER BROTHER:
What is wrong with this country

IMMIGRANTS:
She was somebody's child

HARLEM MEN:
There are Negroes out there

IMMIGRANTS, BLACKS, WOMEN, and EMMA:
There are people out there

ALL:
Give the people
A day of peace
A day of pride
A day of justice
We have been denied
Let the new day dawn
Oh, Lord, I pray
We'll never get to heaven
Till we reach that day

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