"I Dreamed A Dream" from the musical Les MisÚrables By Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg
(This is another really great solo for females. Although it's done a lot, only few can really pull it off. Like Ragtime's "Daddy's Son", I've heard MANY people try doing this and I thought only one could really do it. If you have a really strong support, I'd encourage attempting this song. It's very impressive and is up and down the scale showing range. This is a great audition piece. The best part to audition with is "But the tigers come at night...turn your dream to shame".)
There was a time when men were kind, their voices were soft, and their words inviting.
There was a time when love was blind, and the world was a song, and that song was exciting.
There was a time, and it all went wrong.
I dreamed a dream in days gone by when hope was high and life worth living. I dreamed that love would never die. I dreamed that God would be forgiving.
Then I was young and unafraid and dreams were made and used and wasted. There was no ransom to be paid, no song unsung no wine untasted.
But the tigers come at night with their voices soft as thunder. As they tear your hope apart, as they turn your dream to shame.
He slept a summer by my side. He filled my days with endless wonder. He took my childhood in his stride. But he was gone when autumn came.
And still I dreamed he'd come to me, that we would live the years together.
But there are dreams that cannot be, and there are storms we cannot weather.
I had a dream my life would be so diff'rent from this hell I'm living, so diff'rent now from what it seemed.
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.
For more info about this musical and to hear midi files of the song, click here