This post is part 2 of 4 in the series Redefining “best”.

From Candide, music by Leonard Bern­stein, lyrics by Richard Wilbur
Arranged for double chorus and organ by Paul Dupree
Chorus 1: SSATTBB
Chorus 2: SSATTBB

Performed by Canter­bury Choir and Coventry Choir
All Saints Church, Pasadena, Cali­fornia
James Walker, Director of Music
Eliz­a­beth Lenti, organ
Sunday, June 5, 2011

You’ve been a fool and so have I, but come and be my wife.
And let us try before we die to make some sense of life.
We’re neither pure, nor wise, nor good.
We’ll do the best we know.
We’ll build our house and chop our wood,
And make our garden grow.

I thought the world was sugar cake, for so our master said.
But now I’ll teach my hands to bake our loaf of daily bread.
We’re neither pure …

Let dreamers dream what worlds they please; those Edens can’t be found.
The sweetest flowers, the fairest trees, are grown in solid ground.
We’re neither pure …