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Turn Back, O Man
"Turn Back, O Man" from the musical Godspell
By Stephen Schwartz


(This is a great song, I've done it a couple times for auditions and got a part with it. It's a real alto song. Probably one of the best alto songs I know. The character in this musical that sings this song is supposed to represent Mary Magdalene. You'd have fun with this song because you have to have interact with your male audience! =) You'd like it if you heard it, and you can edit out Jesus' little solo.)



Turn back, O man,
forswear thy foolish ways.
Old now is Earth and none may count her days.

Da da da da da

Yet thou, her child,
whose head is crowned with flames
Still walk not hear
Thine inner God proclaim.

Turn back, O man
(Is your seat comfortable?)
Turn back, O man
(Mmm I like that...)
Turn back, O man
(Can ya take it?)
Forswear thy foolish ways.

(See ya later I'm going to the front of the the-a-ter.)

Earth might be fair,
And all men glad and wise
Age after age, their tragic empires rise

Da da da da da

Built while they dream,
And in that dreaming weep
Would men but wake
From out his harmful sleep.

Turn back, O man
(I'll sing it again.)
Turn back, O man
(Can you see from where you're sittin'?)
Turn back, O man
(Hiya big boy)
Forswear thy foolish ways

JESUS: Earth shall be fair, and all her people one.
Nor till that hour shall God's whole will be done.
Now, even now,
Once more from earth to sky,
Peals forth in joy
man's old undaunted cry:
Earth shall be fair, and all her people one.


(Come here, Jesus, I got something to show ya.)

Turn back, O man,
Forswear thy foolish ways.
Old now is Earth and none may count her days

Da da da da da

Yet thou, her child,
whose head is crowned with flames
Still walk not hear
Thine inner God proclaim.

Turn back, O man
Turn back, O man
Turn back, O man
Forswear thine foolish ways

(Play it, honey)


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