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Tomorrow: the Sun’ll Come Out and We’ll Sing it in Class

Posted on: October 19, 2014

This song is dedicated to a dear family friend, Linda Smith.

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tomorrow 4 sbwe cover only
Tomorrow
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE
For classroom use only.

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tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow
Favorite Lyric from
TOMORROW You’re Only a Day Away Poster 4 SBWE
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow

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tomorrow sbwe poster
TOMORROW Poster 4 SBWE
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow sbwe poster

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About Dear Family Friend Linda Smith

This song is dedicated to Linda Smith.  Linda and her family lived next door to my family during that late 1970’s and all the 1980’s.  I was obsessed with the ANNIE sound track and belted it out in my room over and over again.  Turns out, Linda could hear it in her house!  Linda passed away in 2001.  She was in hospice and knew she was going to transition soon. She called me to ask if I would sing TOMORROW at her funeral, which she heard me sing so often, through the walls of the houses.  She thought it would be a good message and a testament to her belief that though this life was over, there was more to come.  I was shocked at how matter of fact she was and at the time I didn’t know how soon she would be gone.  I did sing this at her funeral, but have always wished I could have done a better job, having been so grieved by losing her and having lost my own mom only a couple months before.  Forever, though, this song is for Linda.  She was a fantastic human being and a marvelous friend.

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I love this movie performance by Aileen Quinn because she SINGS the song, simply and sweetly, but does not SCREAM it like it is so often:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yop62wQH498

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Sing along here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PzL8aL6jtI

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ANNIE (the musical) wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_(musical)

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annie original broadway cast album cover
ANNIE Original Broadway Cast Album
How I loved this vinyl record, playing it over and over and over again.

In 2008, my great friend Jill Leger asked me to join the cast of a musical revue of her songs called GOOGLING MY EX.  When she asked me to sing her song ANNIE IN MY ROOM, I was floored, since it was like she was a fly on the wall of my bedroom making a documentary of my childhood when she wrote the song.  She didn’t know it, but in writing a song about herself as a child loving the musical ANNIE, she was also writing a song about me.  The whole thing was a lot of fun and I’m so glad my friend Jill invited me to join the team.

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“Annie in My Room”

Words and music by Jill Leger, for her revue “Googling My Ex,” June 2008, Joshua Rich on piano
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBPIWVQ59_s

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TOMORROW
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
There’ll be sun

Justin thinking about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow
Till there’s none

When I’m stuck with a day
That’s gray and lonely
I just stick out my chin and grin and say

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
So you got to hang on till tomorrow
Come what may

Tomorow, tomorrow
I love ya tomorrow
You’re only a day away

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
There’ll be sun

Justin thinking about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow
Till there’s none

When I’m stuck with a day
That’s gray and lonely
I just stick out my chin and grin and say

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
So you got to hang on till tomorrow
Come what may

Tomorow, tomorrow
I love ya tomorrow
You’re only a day away

Tomorow, tomorrow
I love ya tomorrow
You’re only a day away

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Random thoughts about what I chose to put into the book I made for singing TOMORROW to children in classes:

  • I decided to use mostly sunflowers instead of suns because sunflowers are cheerful and beautiful. The sunflowers represent the sun and also represent the sun’s power to inspire hope and cause things to grow.
  • Sunflowers seek and follow the sun as it moves across the sky.
  • Into every life, some rain must fall.  But the rain is essential to our growth as it is essential to the growth of the sunflowers.
  • I love that rain and sun, both essential to this song, work together to make rainbows.  A rainbow is represented typographically in the book.

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Related Posts

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THE SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS (AND OTHER WORKS) OF JILL LEGER

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COLLECTIVE NOUNS
Jill Leger’s song THE SPARROW and an exploration of books that celebrate the marvelous world of Collective Nouns
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/the-sparrow-a-singable-book-an-interview-and-a-karaoke-sing-along-by-jill-leger/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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ADVICE, GOOD ADVICE
Illustrated songs that dole out a healthy helping of sound counsel
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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EMILY’S THEATER, MUSICALS AND VOCAL PERFORMANCES
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/emilys-performance-history/

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VIDEO
For videos featuring “Sing Books with Emily” and Emily’s cabaret performances, visit:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/video-series/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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WISDOM, INSPIRATION, AND GOOD ADVICE BLOG
https://wisdominspirationgoodadvice.wordpress.com/

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