Turn Back, O Man

Song Title : Turn Back, O Man

Show Name : Godspell

Character Name : Gibbon

Gender : Female

Age : Young Adult, Adult

Vocal Part : Alto

Range : D3-D5

Style : Midtempo (Rock/Blues)

Mood : Husky, Seductive

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A woman implores mankind to abandon shallow pursuits in order to follow God.

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GIBBON
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 will not hear
Thine inner God proclaims

Turn back, O man
Turn back, O man
Turn back, O man
Forswear thy foolish ways
(See ya later I’m going to the front of the thee-AY-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 man but wake
From out his haunted sleep

Turn back, O man…
Turn back, O man…
Turn back, O man…
Forswear thy foolish ways

JESUS
Earth shall be fair
And all her people one
Not till that hour
Shall God’s whole will be done

Now, even now
Once more from earth to sky
Peels forth in joy
Man’s old undaunted cry
Earth shall be fair
And all her people one

GIBBON
C’mere Jesus, I got something to show ya!

CHORUS
Turn back, oh man
Forswear thy foolish ways!
Old now is earth
And none may count her days

Yet thou, her child
Whose head is crowned with flames
Still will not hear
Thine inner God proclaims

Turn back, oh man
Turn back, oh man
Turn back, oh man
Forswear thy foolish ways!

GIBBON
Play it honey!

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