United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America

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Digital Extra: Morgan James - "Beautiful City"

Broadway and Recording Artist Morgan James joins the American Pops Orchestra to perform "Beautiful City" from Godspell.

AIRED: December 31, 2020 | 0:04:20
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ANNOUNCER: Please welcome Broadway star and recording

artist, Morgan James.

("Beautiful City").

♪ JAMES: Out of the ruins and rubble. ♪

♪ Out of the smoke.

♪ Out of our night of struggle. ♪

♪ Can we see a ray of hope?

♪ One pale thin ray

♪ reaching for the day.

♪ We can build a beautiful city. ♪

♪ Yes, we can, yes, we can. ♪

♪ We can build a beautiful city. ♪

♪ Not a city of angels.

♪ But we can build a city of man. ♪

♪ We may not reach the ending. ♪

♪ But we can start.

♪ Slowly but truly mending.

♪ Brick by brick.

♪ Heart by heart.

♪ Now, maybe now. ♪

♪ We start learning how.

♪ We can build a beautiful city. ♪

♪ Yes, we can, yes, we can. ♪

♪ We can build a beautiful city. ♪

♪ Not a city of angels.

♪ But we can build a city of man. ♪

♪ When your trust is all but shattered. ♪

♪ When your faith is all but killed. ♪

♪ We can give up, bitter and battered. ♪

♪ Or we can slowly start to build. ♪

♪ A beautiful city.

♪ Yes, we can, yes, we can. ♪

♪ We can build a beautiful city. ♪

♪ Not a city of angels.

♪ But finally.

♪ A city of man.

♪ A city of man.

♪ A city of man.

(applause)


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