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♫ Can't you feel a Brand New Day ♫

"Everyone Rejoice", or " Can't you feel a Brand  New Day" or " A Brand New Day", was performed in The Wiz and the film and TV adaptation, right after Evillene melted. Dorothy and her friends rejoice with the newly free Winkies while singing this song.

This song was a replacement for the narration from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz reading, "There was great rejoicing among the yellow Winkies, for they had been made to work hard during many years for the Wicked Witch, who had always treated them with great cruelty. They kept this day as a holiday, then and ever after, and spent the time in feasting and dancing," and a quote from The Wizard of Oz said by one of the Winkie soldiers, "Hail to Dorothy! The Wicked Witch is dead!"

The song was written by famous singer and composer, Luther Vandross.

A Brand New Day Lyrics

Everybody look around
'Cause there's a reason to rejoice you see
Everybody come out
And let's commence to singing joyfully
Everybody look up
And feel the hope that we've been waiting for
Everybody's glad
Because our silent fear and dread is gone

Freedom, you see, has got our hearts singing so joyfully
Just look about
You owe it to yourself to check it out

Can't you feel a brand new day?
Can't you feel a brand new day?
Can't you feel a brand new day?
Can't you feel a brand new day?

Everybody be glad
Because the sun is shining just for us
Everybody wake up
Into the morning into happiness
Hello world
It's like a different way of living now
And thank you world
We always knew that we'd be free somehow

In harmony
And show the world that we've got liberty
It's such a change
For us to live so independently

Freedom, you see, has got our hearts singing so joyfully
Just look about
You owe it to yourself to check it out

Can't you feel a brand new day?
Can't you feel a brand new day?

Everybody be glad
Because the sun is shining just for us
Everybody wake up
Into the morning into happiness
Hello world
It's like a different way of living now
And thank you world
We always knew that we'd be free somehow

In harmony
And show the world that we've got liberty
It's such a change
For us to live so independently

Freedom, you see, has got our hearts singing so joyfully
Just look about
You owe it to yourself to check it out

Can't you feel a brand new day?
Can't you feel a brand new day?
Can't you feel a brand new day?
Can't you feel a brand new day?

Trivia

  • Some critics interpret Dorothy and her friends singing about the joy of freedom and "A Brand New Day" as a metaphor for Americans of different races gaining equal rights.
  • The cast of The Wiz Live! performed this song at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade one week before the musical's premiere telecast.

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