PROLOGUE

Narrator
Some folks dream of the wonders they’ll do
Before their time on this planet is through
Some just don’t have anything planned
They hide their hopes and their heads in the sand
Now I don’t say who is wrong, who is right
But if by chance you are here for the night
Then all I need is an hour or two
To tell the tale of a dreamer like you

We all dream a lot - some are lucky, some are not
But if you think it, want it, dream it, then it’s real
You are what you feel

But all that I say can be told another way
In the story of a boy whose dream came true
And he could be you

ANY DREAM WILL DO (single version)

Joseph
I closed my eyes, drew back the curtain
To see for certain what I thought I knew
Far far away, someone was weeping
But the world was sleeping
Any dream will do

Joseph & Children
I wore my coat, with golden lining
Bright colours shining, wonderful and new
And in the east, the dawn was breaking
And the world was waking
Any dream will do

Joseph
A crash of drums, a flash of light
My golden coat flew out of sight
The colours faded into darkness
I was left alone

Joseph & Children
May I return to the beginning
The light is dimming, the dream is too
The world and I, we are still waiting
Still hesitating
Any dream will do

Joseph
A crash of drums, a flash of light
My golden coat flew out of sight
The colours faded into darkness
I was left alone

Joseph & Children
May I return to the beginning
The light is dimming, the dream is too
The world and I, we are still waiting
Still hesitating
Any dream will do

JACOB AND SONS

Narrator
Way way back many centuries ago,
Not long after the bible began
Jacob lived in the land of Canaan,
A fine example of a family man.
Jacob, Jacob and sons
Depended on farming to earn their keep.
Jacob, Jacob and sons
Spent all of his days in the fields with sheep

Jacob was the founder of a whole new nation
Thanks to the number of children he had
He was also known as Israel, but most of the time
His sons and his wives used to call him dad.
Jacob, Jacob and sons
Men of the soil, of the sheaf and crook
Jacob, Jacob and sons
A remarkable family in anyone’s book

Narrator, Brothers, Female Ensemble & Children
Reuben was the eldest of the children of Israel
With Simeon and Levi next in line
Napthali and Isaachar with Asher and Dan
Zebulun and Gad took the total to nine
Jacob, Jacob and sons
Benjamin and Judah which leaves only one

Jacob, Jacob and sons,
Joseph - Jacob’s favourite son
Jacob, Jacob and sons
Jacob, Jacob and sons
Jacob, Jacob and sons
Jacob Jacob Jacob
Jacob and sons

JOSEPH'S COAT

Jacob
Joseph’s mother, she was quite my favourite wife
I never really loved another all my life
And Joseph was my joy because
He reminded me of her

Narrator
Through young Joseph, Jacob lived his youth again
Loved him, praised him, gave him all he could, but then
It made the rest feel second best
Even if they were -

Brothers
Being told we’re also-rans
Does not make us Joseph fans

Narrator
But where they had really missed the boat is

Brothers
We’re great guys but no-one seems to notice

Narrator
Joseph’s charm and winning smile
Failed to slay them in the aisle
And his father couldn’t see the danger
He could not imagine any danger
He just saw in Joseph all his dreams come true

Jacob wanted to show the world he loved his son
To make it clear that Joseph was the special one
So Jacob bought his son a coat
A multi-coloured coat to wear

Brothers & Female Ensemble
Joseph’s coat was elegant,
The cut was fine
The tasteful style was the
Ultimate in good design
And this is why it caught the eye
A king would stop and stare

Narrator
And when Joseph tried it on
He knew his sheepskin days were gone

Narrator & Female Ensemble & Children
Such a dazzling coat of many colours
How he loved his coat of many colours

Narrator
In a class above the rest
It even went well with his vest
Such a stunning coat of many colours
How he loved his coat of many colours
It was red and yellow and green and
Brown and blue

Joseph’s brother’s weren’t
Too pleased with what they saw

Brothers
We have never liked him
All that much before
And now this coat
Has got our goat
We feel life is unfair

Narrator & Female Ensemble & Children
And when Joseph graced the scene
His brothers turned a shade of green
His astounding clothing took the biscuit

Brothers
Quite the smoothest person in the district

Joseph & Female Ensemble
I look handsome, I look smart
I’m a walking work of art
Such a dazzling coat of many colours
How he loved his coat of many colours

Narrator, Joseph, Ensemble & Children
It was red and yellow and green and brown
And scarlet and black and ochre and peach
And ruby and olive and violet and fawn
And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve
And cream and crimson and silver and rose
And azure and lemon and russet and grey
And purple and white and pink and orange
And red and yellow and green and brown
Scarlet and black and ochre and peach
And ruby and olive and violet and fawn
And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve
And cream and crimson and silver and rose
And azure and lemon and russet and grey
And purple and white and pink and orange
And blue

JOSEPH'S DREAMS

Narrator
Joseph's coat annoyed his brothers

Brothers
But what makes us mad
Are the things that Joseph tells us of the
Dreams he's often had

Joseph
I dreamed that in the fields one day,
The corn gave me a sign
Your eleven sheaves of corn
All turned and bowed to mine
My sheaf was quite a sight to see,
A golden sheaf and tall
Yours were green and second-rate
And really rather small

Brothers
This is not the kind of thing
We brothers like to hear
It seems to us that Joseph and his
Dreams should disappear

Joseph
I dreamed I saw eleven stars,
The sun the moon the sky
Bowing down before my star,
It made me wonder why
Could it be that I was born
For higher things than you?
A post in someone’s government
A ministry or two

Brothers
The dreams of our dear brother are
The decade's biggest yawn
His talks of stars and golden sheaves
Is just a load of corn
Not only is he tactless but
He’s also rather dim
For there's eleven of us and
There's only one of him

The dreams of course will not come true
That is, we think they won’t come true
That is, we hope they don’t come true
What if he's right all along

The dreams are more than crystal clear
The writing on the wall
Means that Joseph some day soon
Will rise above us all
The accuracy of the dreams
We brothers do not know
But one thing we’re sure about
Them dreamer
Has to go

POOR, POOR JOSEPH

Narrator
Next day, far from home,
The bothers planned the repulsive crime

Brothers
Let us grab him now,
Do him in, while we’ve got the time

Narrator
This they did and made the most of it
Tore his coat and flung him in a pit

Brothers
Let us leave him here,
All alone, and he’s bound to die

Narrator
When some Ishmaelites,
A hairy crew, came riding by
In a flash the brothers changed their plan

Brothers
We need cash. Let’s sell him if we can

Narrator, Ensemble & Children
Poor, poor Joseph, what’cha gonna do?
Things look bad for you, hey, what’cha gonna do?
Poor, poor Joseph, what’cha gonna do?
Things look bad for you, hey, what’cha gonna do?

Brothers
Could you use a slave,
You hairy bunch of Ishmaelites?
Young, strong, well-behaved,
Going cheap and he reads and writes

Narrator
In a trice the dirty deal was done
Silver coins for Jacob's son

Then the Ishmaelites
Galloped off with a slave in tow
Off to Egypt where Joseph was not keen to go
It wouldn’t be a picnic he could tell

Joseph
And I don’t speak Egyptian very well

Narrator
Joseph’s brothers tore
His precious multi-coloured coat
Having ripped it up,
They next attacked a passing goat
Soon the wretched creature was no more
They dipped his coat in blood and guts and gore

Narrator, Ensemble & Children
Oh now brothers, how low can you stoop?
You made a sordid group, hey, how low can you stoop?
Poor, poor Joseph, sold to be a slave
Situation’s grave, hey, sold to be a slave

ONE MORE ANGEL IN HEAVEN

Reuben
Father we’ve something to tell you, a story of our time
A tragic but inspiring tale of manhood in its prime
You know you had a dozen sons -
Well now that’s not quite true
But feel no sorrow, do not grieve
He would not want you to

Reuben, Reuben’s Wife & Male Ensemble
There’s one more angel in heaven
There’s one more star in the sky
Joseph we’ll never forget you
It’s tough but we’re gonna get by
There’s one less place at our table
There’s one more tear in my eye

Brothers
But Joseph the things that you stood for

Reuben
Like truth and light never die

When I think of his last great battle
A lump comes to my throat
It takes a man who knows no fear
To wrestle with a goat
His blood-stained coat is a tribute to
His final sacrifice
His body may be past its peak
But his soul’s in paradise

Jacob
There’s one less place at our table
There's one more tear in my eye

Brothers
But Joseph the things that you stood for

Reuben
Like truth and light never die

Brothers
Carve his name with pride and courage

Napthali
Let no tear be shed

Brothers
If he had not laid down his life
We all would now be dead

POTIPHAR

Narrator
Joseph was taken to Egypt in chains and sold,
Where he was bought by a captain named Potiphar

Narrator & Male Ensemble
Potiphar had very few cares
He was one of Egypt’s millionaires
Having made a fortune buying shares in

Potiphar
Pyramids

Narrator & Male Ensemble
Potiphar had made a huge pile
Owned a large percentage of the Nile

Potiphar
Meant that I could really live in style

Narrator & Male Ensemble
And he did

Narrator
Joseph was an unimportant
Slave who found he liked his master
Consequently worked much harder,
Even with devotion

Potiphar could see that Joseph
Was a cut above the average
Made him leader of the household,
Maximum promotion

Narrator & Male Ensemble
Potiphar was cool and so fine

Potiphar
But my wife would never toe the line

Narrator & Male Ensemble
It’s all there in chapter thirty-nine
Of Genesis

She was beautiful but

Mrs. Potiphar
Evil

Narrator & Male Ensemble
Saw a lot of men against his will
He would have to tell her that she still
Was his

Narrator
Joseph’s looks and handsome figure
Had attracted her attention
Every morning she would beckon

Mrs. Potiphar
Come and lie with me love

Narrator
Joseph wanted to resist her,
Till one day she proved too eager
Joseph cried in vain

Joseph
Please stop
I don’t believe in free love

Narrator
Potiphar was counting sheckels
In his den below the bedroom
When he heard a mighty rumpus
Clattering above him

Suddenly he knew his riches
Couldn’t buy him what he wanted
Gold would never make him happy
If she didn’t love him

Narrator, Ensemble & Children
Letting out a mighty roar
Potiphar burst through the door Potiphar
Joseph, I’ll see you rot in jail
The things you have done are beyond the pale

Narrator, Ensemble & Children
Poor poor Joseph, locked up in a cell
Things ain’t going well, hey, locked up in a cell
Poor poor Joseph, locked up in a cell
Things ain’t going well, hey, locked up in a cell
Locked up in a cell

CLOSE EVERY DOOR

Joseph
Close every door to me,
Hide all the world from me
Bar all the windows
And shut out the light
Do what you want with me,
Hate me and laugh at me
Darken my daytime
And torture my night
If my life were important I
Would ask will I live or die
But I know the answers lie
Far from this world

Close every door to me,
Keep those I love from me
Children of Israel
Are never alone
For I know I shall find
My own piece of mind
For I have been promised
A land of my own

Children
Close every door to me,
Hide all the world from me
Bar all the windows
And shut out the light

Joseph
Just give me a number
Instead of my name
Forget all about me
And let me decay
I do not matter,
I’m only one person
Destroy me completely
Then throw me away

If my life were important I
Would ask will I live or die
But I know the answers lie
Far from this world

Joseph,
Close every door to me,

Ensemble & Children
Keep those I love from me
Children of Israel
Are never alone
For we know we shall find
Our own piece of mind

For we have been promised
A land of our own

GO, GO, GO JOSEPH

Narrator
Joseph’s luck was really out,
His spirit and his fortune low
Alone he sat, alone he thought
Of happy times he used to know

First Man
Hey dreamer, don’t be so upset

Second Man
Hey Joseph, you’re not beaten yet

Narrator & Ensemble
Go, go , go Joseph you know what they say
Hang on now Joseph you’ll make it some day
Don’t give up Joseph fight till you drop
We’ve read the book and you come out on top

Narrator
Now into Joseph’s prison cell
Were flung two very frightened men

Baker & Butler
We don’t think that we will ever
See the light of day again
Hey Joseph, help us if you can
We’ve had dreams that we don’t understand

Narrator & Ensemble
Both men were servants of Pharaoh the King
Both in the doghouse for doing their thing

Narrator
One was a baker, a cook in his prime
One was a butler, the Jeeves of his time Joseph
Tell me of your dreams my friends,
And I will tell you what they show
Though I can not guarantee
To get it right, I’ll have a go

Narrator
First the butler, trembling took the floor
Nervously he spoke of what he saw Butler
There I was standing in front of a vine
I picked some grapes and crushed them to wine
I gave some to Pharaoh who drank from my cup
I tried to interpret but I had to give up

Joseph
You will soon be free, my friend,
So do not worry any more
The king will let you out of here,
You’ll buttle as you did before

Narrator
Next the baker rose to tell his dream
Hoping it would have a similar theme

Baker
There I was standing with baskets of bread
High in the sky I saw birds overhead
Who flew to my baskets and ate every slice
Give me the message - like his would be nice Joseph
Sad to say your dream is not
The kind of dream I’d like to get
Pharaoh has it in for you,
Your execution date is set
Don’t rely on all I said I saw
It’s just that I have not been wrong before Ensemble
Go, go, go Joseph you know what they say
Hang on now Joseph you’ll make it some day
Sha la la Joseph you’re doing fine
You and your dreamcoat ahead of your time

Go, go, go Joseph you know what they say
Hang on now Joseph you’ll make it some day
Sha la la Joseph you’re doing fine
You and your dreamcoat ahead of your time

Go, go, go, go
Go, go, go, go
Go, go, go, go
Go, go, go, go
Go, go, go, go
Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go
Joseph you know what they say
Hang on now Joseph you’ll make it some day
Sha la la Joseph you’re doing fine
You and your dreamcoat ahead of your time

Go, go, go Joseph you know what they say
Hang on now Joseph you’ll make it some day
Sha la la Joseph you’re doing fine
You and your dreamcoat ahead of your time

Narrator
Ahead of your time

Joseph
Ahead of my time

Narrator
Ahead of your time

Joseph
Ahead of my

All
Time


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