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“The Land of Make Believe” Chuck Mangione and Esther Satterfield a jewel of a song.

Updated on August 22, 2010

There are times that I believe, all of us have recalled a song or tune that we had forgotten. Whether it be from seeing something that will jolt the memory or maybe reading and even another tune that may help in recalling this lost song. There are many other things that could happen that would help you recall. One instance that helped me was the Hub’s questions; I had noticed one question, "what are your top ten favorite songs?" This helped me in recalling “The Land of Make Believe”.

The collaboration of Chuck Mangione and Esther Satterfield on the land of make believe is truly one of the most beautiful songs of all times. This song has no boundaries and could easily be in sync with what we need to hear today. Esther’s voice is so perfectly syncopated to Chuck’s masterful playing of the horn, and the orchestra, it is awesome.

Chuck is a master at his craft, for more than five decades, Chuck’s love affair with music has been characterized by his boundless energy, unabashed enthusiasm, and pure joy that radiates from the stage. He plays trumpet much like that of the man who he refers to as his musical father-Dizzy Gillespie. In fact Dizzy gave Chuck an ‘updo’ horn just like his. Bravo to Chuck who is still performing and going strong.

Esther, who came to prominence in the 1970’s singing with Chuck on such songs as “Chase The Clouds Away” and “The Land of Make Believe”, and one other album that I have found, “Once I Loved”, so far in my search. Her voice takes the words of a song to a whole new dimension that enthralls the listener. I understand that Esther is still alive and has been raising a family. I truly hope that she may make a come back, I for one, would love to hear more of her incredible voice.

I have taken the liberty to try something different in hopes that you all will truly grasp the impact of this song. Since the song is long, 12 minutes give or take, so when you start reading the lyrics and get to the You Tube video please click on it, I was only able to attach part two, and let Esther and Chuck take you on and incredible journey to The Land of Make Believe.

From the 1973 Live Album, Land of Make Believe

When you're feeling down and out
Wondering what this world's about
I know a place that has the answer.

It's a place where no one dies.
It's a land where no one cries.
And good vibrations always
Greet you.

How I love when my thoughts run
To the land of make believe.
Where everything is fun

Children always gather around
Mother Goose and all her rhyme
They fill the air with sounds
Of laughter.

People dancing
Their hearts are filled
With all the reasons why.
You and I should learn the way
Of the land of make believe
And make this world of ours
Much brighter.

Part two of Land of Make Believe

"Land of OZ"

"Off to see the Wizard"
"Off to see the Wizard"

I once asked the Wizard of Oz
For the secret of his land
He said, "Just take a look around here.

Seven dwarves and Little Boy Blue,
Uncle Remus and Snow White, too.
(Now, just between us,
That's what's known as integration.)

Jack and Jill are hard at work
Helping children dream awhile,
And Snoopys making smiles
For grown-ups.

All the elves are making toys
They are rich with all the joys
Of seeing happy kids
At Christmas.

We are waiting
To help you find
The dream made just for you.

In a few words let's just say
That in answer to your quiz
Imagination is
The secret."

"The above verse recalled this great song"

Below verse, "I Have a Dream" reminded me of another great song, "Abraham, Martin and John"

[Saxophone solo]

[Orchestra fugues a while]
(Hang in there it just gets better)

Hear the music of the band
It was written in our land
For what's a song but someone's

In your world there was a King
He once said, "I have a dream,"
Now there's a man who knew
The secret.

Dreams are really
The thoughts that you
Have hidden in your heart.

When you start a brand new day
Let your heart show you the way
And make a dream or two
Come true.

How I love when my thoughts run
To the land of make believe
Where everything is fun



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    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Sorry for not answering for almost 3 years, I have had ups and downs, no excuse, I miss Hub Pages and well be back on track.

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Thank you for introducing me such lovely lyrics and beautiful music. It reminded me of a place I used to imagine as a small child when my Mom would read me the story book of Winkin, Blinkin and Nod. That was a long long time ago and I had completely forgotten about it until listening to this music.

      By the way, she has a beautiful voice.

      Voting up

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      It's always nice here NamVetRich!

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      dallas, thanks for your comment, it is alittle tricky but I think it can be done.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      I agree, "If you can imagine it, you can achieve it..." The trick is to have your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds...

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Ron, if you let your dreams led the way I think you will have a great time in this life. Thanks for the comment.

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      Judy M 

      8 years ago

      I had never heard this before. It does remind me of another time and place. Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago

      Only if life could be so great, good job

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Michael, so did I, just ordered one from amazon cant wait to get it. Thanks so much for leaving a comment, Aloha.

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      Michael B 

      8 years ago

      I used to have this on vinyl, but lost it in a move. Great music.

    • mega1 profile image


      8 years ago

      haha - didn't read it very well, did I - sorry. I really love the song and have to love anybody who loves it!

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Meg, the song came out in 1973 which I mentioned above, I think Adam would do a great job too. To bad IZ is not with us he would have done a great job in English and Hawaiian. It feels good to discover songs and artist that you have forgotten. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      8 years ago

      When did this song come out? I'm thinking it was sometime in the 70's but I don't know. It makes me feel very very wistful. Last night I was listening to Adam Lambert as we discussed him in the forums and now I think I would like to hear him sing this too! You are really feeling nostalgia lately - me too! as always, I love the way you write like having a conversation with you. Good job!


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