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LYRICS

The Gospel Truth (I)

Back when the world
was new
The planet Earth was
down on its luck
And everywhere gigantic
brutes called Titans ran amok

It was a nasty place
There was a mess
wherever you stepped
Where chaos reigned and
earthquakes and volcanoes never slept

And then along came Zeus
He burled his thunderbolt
He zapped
Locked those suckers in a vault
They're trapped
And on his own stopped
chaos in its tracks
And that's the gospel truth
The guy was too type A to just relax

And that's the worlds first dish
Zeus tamed the globe while still in his youth
Though honey, it may seem impossble
That's the gospel truth

On Mt. Olympus life was neat and
Smooth as sweet vermouth
Though honey, it may seem impossble
That's the gospel truth

Vocals Lillias White, Cheryl Freeman, LaChanze, Roz Ryan and Vaneese Thomas
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
© 1997 Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI)/
Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP)

The Gospel Truth (II)

He ran the Underworld
But thought the dead
were dull and uncouth
He was as mean as he
was ruthless
And that's the gospel
truth
He had a plan to shake
things up
And that's the gospel
truth

Vocals Roz Ryan and Chorus
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
© 1997 Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI)/
Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP)

The Gospel Truth (III)

Young Herc was
mortal now
But since he did not
drink the last drop
He still retained his
godlike strength
So thank his lucky star

But Zeus and Hera wept
Because their son could
never come home
They'd have to watch
their precious baby
Grow up from afar

Though Hades
horrid plan
Was hatched before Herc
cut his first tooth
They boy grew stronger
ev'ry day and
That's the gospel truth

Vocals Lillias White, Cheryl Freeman, LaChanze, and Vaneese Thomas
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
© 1997 Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI)/
Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP)

Go The Distance

I have often dreamed
Of a far off place
Where a great warm
welcome
Will be waiting for me
Where the crowds
will cheer
When they see my face
And a voice keeps saying
This is where I'm
meant to be

I will find my way
I can go the distance
I'll be there someday
If I can be strong
I know ev'ry mile
Will be worth my while
I would go most any
where to feel like I belong

I am on my way
I can go the distance
I don't care how far
Somehow I'll be strong
I know ev'ry mile
Will be worth my while
I would go most any
where to find where
I belong

Vocals Roger Bart
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
© 1997 Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI)/
Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP)

Go The Distance (Reprise)

I will beat the odds
I can go the distance
I will face the world
Fearless, proud, and
strong
I will please the gods
I can go the distance
Till I find my hero's
welcome
Right where I belong

Vocals Roger Bart
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
© 1997 Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI)/
Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP)

One Last Hope

So, ya wanna by a hero kid?
Well, whoop-de-do!
I have been around the block before
With blockheads just like you

Each and ev'ryone a disappointment
Pain for which there ain't no ointment
So much for excuses
Though a kid of Zeus is
Asking me to jump into the fray
My answer is two words --
O.K.
You win
Oh gods
Oy vay!

I'd given up hope that someone would come along
A fellow who'd ring the bell for once --
Not the gong
The kind who wins trophies
Won't settle for low fees
At least semi pro fees
But no -- I get the greenhorn

I've been out to pasture
pal, my ambition gone
Content to spend lazy
days and to graze my lawn
But you need an advisor
A satyr, but wiser
A good merchandiser
And oohh!
There goes my ulcer!

I'm down to one last hope
And I hope it's you
Though, kid, you're
no exactly
A dream come true
I've trained enough turkeys
Who never came through
You're my one last hope
So you'll have to do

Demigods have faced the odds
An ended up a mockery
Don't believe the stories
That you read on all the crockery

To be a true hero, kid, is
a dying art
Like painting a masterpiece,
it's a work of heart
It takes more than sinew
Comes down to what's in you
You have to continue
To grow
Now that's more like it

I'm down to one last shot
And my last high note
Before that blasted
Underworld
Gets my goat
My dreams are on you, kid
Go make 'em come true
Climb that uphill slope
Keep pushing that envelope
You're my one last hope
And, kid, it's up to you

Vocals Danny DeVito
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
© 1997 Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI)/
Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP)

Zero To Hero

Bless my soul
Herc was on a roll
Person of the week in
ev'ry Greek opinion poll
What a pro
Herc could stop a show
Point him at a monster
and you're talkin' S.R.O.
He was a no one
A zero, zero
Now he's honcho
He's a hero
Here was a kid with his
act down pat
From zero to hero
in no time flat
Zero to hero
just like that

When he smiled
The girls went wild with
oohs and aahs
And they slapped his face
On ev'ry vace
(on ev'ry vahse)

From appearance fees
and royalties
Our Herc had cash
to burn
Now noeveau riche
an' famous
He could tell you
What's a Grecian urn?

Say amen
There he goes again
Sweet and undefeated
And an awesome 10 for 10
Folks lined up
Just to watch him flex
And this perfect package
packed a pair of
pretty pecs

Hercie, he comes
He sees, he conquers
Honey, the crowds were
Going bonkers
He showed the moxie
brains, and spunk
From zero to hero
a major hunk
Zero to hero --
and who'da thunk

Who put the glad
in gladiator?
Hercules!
Whose daring deeds are
great the-a-ter?
Hercules!
Is he bold?
No one braver
Is he sweet?
Our fav'rite flavor
Hercules, Hercules...

Bless my soul
Herc was on a roll
Undefeated
Riding high
And the nicest guy
Not conceited

He was a nothin'
A zero, zero
Now he's a honcho
He's a hero

He hit the heights at
breakneck speed
From zero to hero
Herc is a hero
Now he's a hero
Yes indeed!

Vocals Lillias White, Tawatha Agee, Cheryl Freeman,
LaChanze, Roz Ryan, and Vaneese Thomas and Chorus
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
© 1997 Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI)/
Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP)

I Won't Say (I'm In Love)

If there's prize for
rotten judgment
I guess I've already
won that
No man is worth the
aggravation
That's ancient history
been there, done that!

Who'dya think
you're kiddin'
He's the Earth and
heaven to you
Try to keep in hidden
Honey, we can see right
through you
Girl, ya can't conceal it
We know how ya feel and
Who you're thinking of
No chance, no way
I won't say it, no, no
You swoon, you sign
why deny it, uh oh!
It's too cliche
I won't say I'm in love

I thought my heart had
learned its lesson
It feels so good when
you start out
My head is screaming
get a grip, girl
Unless you're dying to
cry your heart out
Oh

You keep on denying
Who you are and how
you're feeling
Baby, we're not buying
Hon, we saw ya hit
the ceiling
Face it like a grown up
When ya gonna own up
That ya got, got
got it bad

No chance, no way
I won't say it, no, no
Give up, give in
Check the grin you're
in love
This scene won't play, I
won't say I'm in love

You're doin' flips
ready our lips
You're in love
You're way off base
I won't say it
Get off my case
I won't say it
Girl, don't be proud
It's OK, you're in love
Oh
At least out loud, I won't
say I'm in love

Vocals Susan Egan, Cheryl Freeman, LaChanze,
Vaneese Thomas and Lillias White
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
© 1997 Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI)/
Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP)

A Star Is Born

Gonna shout it from the
mountaintops
A star is born
It's a time for pulling
out the stops
A star is born
Honey, hit us with
a hallelu
The kid came shining
through
Girl, sing the song
Come blow your horn
A star is born

He's a hero who can
please the crowd
A star is born
Come on ev'rybody
shout out loud
A star is born
Just remember in the
darkest hour
Within your hearts
the power
For making you
A hero too
So don't lose hope when
you're forlorn
Just keep your eyes
Upon the skies
Ev'ry night a star is
Right in sight a star is
Burning bright a star
is born

Like a beacon in the cold
dark night
A star is born
Told ya ev'rything would
turn out right
A star is born
Just when ev'rything
was all at sea
The boy made history
The bottom line
He sure can shine
His rising sign is
Capricorn
He know how to
He had a clue
Telling you a star is born

Here's a hero who can
please the crowd
A star is born
Come on ev'rybody shout
out loud
A star is born
Just remember in the
darkest hour
Within your heart's
the power
For making you
A hero too
So don't lose hope when
you're forlorn
Just keep your eyes
Upon the skies
Ev'ry night a star is
Right in sight a star is
Burning bright a star
is born

Vocals Lillias White, Cheryl Freeman, LaChanze,
Vaneese Thomas, Roz Ryan, and Chorus
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
© 1997 Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI)/
Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP)

Go The Distance (Single)

I have often dreamed
Of a far off place
Where a hero's welcome
Would be waiting for me
Where the crowds
will cheer
When they see my face
And a voice keeps saying
This is where I'm
meant to be

I'll be there someday
I can go the distance
I will find my way
If I can be strong
I know ev'ry mile
Will be worth my while
When I go the distance
I'll be right where I belong

Down an unknown road
To embrace my fate
Though that road
may wander
It will lead me to you
And a thousand years
Would be worth the wait
It might take a lifetime
But somehow I'll see
it through

And I won't look back
I can go the distance
And I'll stay on track
No, I won't accept defeat
It's an uphill slope
But I won't lose hope
Till I go the distance
And my journey is
complete

But to look beyond the
glory is the hardest part
For a hero's strength is
measured by his heart

Like a shooting star
I will go the distance
I will search the world
I will face its harms
I don't care how far
I can go the distance
Till I find my hero's
welcome
Waiting in your arms

I will search the world
I will face its harms
Till I find my hero's
welcome
Waiting in your arms

Vocals Michael Bolton
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by David Zippel
© 1997 Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI)/
Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP)

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