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what does the song "any dream will do" mean? 
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Post what does the song "any dream will do" mean?
what do you think.

i'm trying to understand the lyrics.

(english is my second language)

please take it easy on me.

is he flashing forward to the future? is he saying he will accept any fate/destiny?

i know this song was before his brothers threw him in the well.

so what is he singing about?

any thoughts?

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It's basically saying, "Wow. Looking back, it's been a long, crazy journey to get to where I am, but it turned out pretty well in the end."

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Monsieur D'Arque wrote:
It's basically saying, "Wow. Looking back, it's been a long, crazy journey to get to where I am, but it turned out pretty well in the end."


but isn't the song in the beginning of the production?

how can he say it went pretty well in the end when it hasn't happened yet.

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When he sings it at the beginning, I think it is more to indicate that he IS a dreamer and that anything you can dream, you can do. The whole dream motif is of course based on his ability to interpret dreams.

When he sings it at the end, many of his dreams have come true - he's rich, he's reunited with his brothers - and it's more retrospective.

But that's just my opinion.

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satch wrote:
but isn't the song in the beginning of the production?


Personally, I've never thought of the song as taking place at the beginning of the story. How would the references to the coat in the song, especially the middle part with "my golden coat flew out of sight," make any sense then, if he sings it before he even receives the coat? The song was originally only sung at the end of the show: I don't think it was ever sung at the beginning too until the Jason Donovan revival.

When he sings at the beginning, I don't think of it as taking place within the story. Since his entrance is usually through smoke, descending from overhead, or something like that, I've always thought of him as a spirit in the opening scene. He's a Biblical figure, he's been dead for centuries, and he's looking back retrospectively on his life. Then he and the Narrator go back in time (or maybe "return to the beginning" would be a more appropriate way to put it) to tell the story.

That's just how I've always seen it.


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Vanessa20 wrote:
satch wrote:
but isn't the song in the beginning of the production?


Personally, I've never thought of the song as taking place at the beginning of the story. How would the references to the coat in the song, especially the middle part with "my golden coat flew out of sight," make any sense then, if he sings it before he even receives the coat? The song was originally only sung at the end of the show: I don't think it was ever sung at the beginning too until the Jason Donovan revival.

When he sings at the beginning, I don't think of it as taking place within the story. Since his entrance is usually through smoke, descending from overhead, or something like that, I've always thought of him as a spirit in the opening scene. He's a Biblical figure, he's been dead for centuries, and he's looking back retrospectively on his life. Then he and the Narrator go back in time (or maybe "return to the beginning" would be a more appropriate way to put it) to tell the story.

That's just how I've always seen it.

I think the original reason for puting it at the begining as well was to plug Jason Donavan's single version of it. Although I think your explanation is very good, and is how it should be thought of.


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It doesn't mean anything.

Initially it was a pop single with nonsense text that was tweaked slightly, so that it gives a slight impression of having something to do with the show.

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Robinflamingo wrote:
When he sings it at the beginning, I think it is more to indicate that he IS a dreamer and that anything you can dream, you can do. The whole dream motif is of course based on his ability to interpret dreams.

When he sings it at the end, many of his dreams have come true - he's rich, he's reunited with his brothers - and it's more retrospective.

But that's just my opinion.


This is exactly what I was going to say. :D

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This sort of dawned on me today while I was watching our production of it.. Think of it this way: he sings the song at the beginning of the show. What if that's him returning to the beginning from when he sings it at the end?

I think that makes sense.. If it doesn't I'll try to explain more thoroughly. :)

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I get the point, but basically mantarnia's point is correct. Personally, I think if they were going to use the number for character development, they should put in the 1969 lyrics for the pop single version of "Any Dream Will Do" by that kiddie act. I think it might strengthen Joseph's character development from a self-absorbed kid into the determined young man who saved the Egyptian nation and proved that if you hang onto your dreams you can do anything.

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Brother Marvin Hinten, S. wrote:
I think it might strengthen Joseph's character development from a self-absorbed kid into the determined young man who saved the Egyptian nation and proved that if you hang onto your dreams you can do anything.


If you find a Joseph who actually employs character development and portrays a strong character who grows as an individual, call the newspaper.

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Point taken, but if they actually had something to play (even in small steps, i.e. putting in the 1969 lyrics for example), maybe that would be helped.

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