“Before the Parade Passes By” from Hello Dolly

by Jerry Herman, arr. Mark Hayes
Phoebe Rosquist, soloist, Summer Choir

Before the parade passes by
I’ve gotta go and taste Saturday’s high life
Before the parade passes by
I’m gotta get some life back into my life

I’m ready to move out in front
I’ve had enough of just passing by life
With the rest of them
With the best of them
I can hold my head up high
For I’ve got a goal again
I’ve got a drive again
I’m gonna feel my heart coming alive again
Before the parade passes by!

Look at that crowd up ahead
Listen and hear that brass harmony growing
Look at that crowd up ahead
Pardon me if my old spirit is showing
All of those lights over there
Seem to be telling me where I’m going
When the whistle blows
And the cymbals crash
And the sparklers light the sky
I’m gonna raise the roof
I’m gonna to carry on
Give me an old trombone
Give me an old baton
Before the parade passes by

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