Climb Every Mountain Inspiring Song, Debate Me, Do Not Fear! A – 366

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN 😉

 

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Enjoying a Barbra Streisand concert on cable, delightful voice and musical interpretation. She sang a song from the “Sound Of Music”, beautifully, magnificent. But I have a problem with a part of the lyrics of this song.

I will tell you first a little bit of my musical experience so you know why I dare to criticize (in a constructive way, of course) the lyrics of this song.

 

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I happen to be a musician. I play the guitar and sing very well, actually. I sang professionally in my youth to pay for my medical career. I studied music, singing lessons and musical composicion: music and lyrics, in Bellas Artes in Mexico City. So I think I have a very good idea of what I am talking about, but I am always open for a healthy debate and to change my mind if somebody is willing to explain to me why I am wrong in my assertion about this song:

“Climb Every Mountain” — Written by Rodgers And Hammerstein.

This show tune was written for the 1959 musical “The Sound of Music” and sung by the Mother Abbess.

The problem I have with, is highlighted and I will tell you why below the lyrics:

Climb every mountain
Ford every stream
Follow every rainbow
‘Till you find your dream

It should say “reach” your dream, not find your dream. You already need to have found your dream, this is “know” your dream, then climb every mountain, until you reach it. And I don’t see any problem with the rhyme. Changing the word find to reach would not affect the tune nor the octaves, but it would make a lot more sense, and it would have more psychological and inspirational impact, in my opinion.

What do you think?

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3 thoughts on “Climb Every Mountain Inspiring Song, Debate Me, Do Not Fear! A – 366

  1. Michele March 7, 2019 at 10:06 am

    I read the lyrics of the song and have listened to the song in the context of “The Sound of Music.” Julie Andrews as the Nun cannot decide whether to continue as a Nun or work with the children and marry their father. She needs to find her dream at any cost, something that will make her happy. In my opinion, Barbara Streisand misunderstood this or decided to change the meaning of the song.

    https://youtu.be/EoCPuhhE6dw

    • Dra. Martha Andrea Castro Noriega, MD March 7, 2019 at 10:18 am

      What an interesting comment, Michele. You are absolutely right, since in the movie she didn’t have dream to pursue, or she was uncertain. That makes sense. OK, so I do think that Barbra Streisand lacks that philosophy heart and didn’t put it together correctly. She was the director of her own concert, and I this was a flaw.
      So, let’s see if there are more comments later on and I will make my own decision and update the post.
      So far, I give you 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 for your comment, Michele 🙂

  2. Theresa W. Wood, PhD March 7, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Yes, one needs to have found a dream in order to pursue it or reach it. But maybe the confusion started with Barbra Streisand, doc? The context, like Michele says is different.
    Very interesting points of view!

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