A Hundred Million Miracles

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A Hundred Million Miracles

Lyrics By Oscar Hammerstein II  Music By Richard Rodgers

This simple song, which Mei Li learned from her father, becomes the young woman’s theme as she journeys from China to San Francisco.

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“A Hundred Million Miracles” LYRICS

Mei Lee:
My father says
That children keep growing,
Rivers keep flowing too.
My father says
He doesn’t know why,
But somehow or other they do.

They do!
Some how or other they do.

A hundred million miracles,
A hundred million miracles
Are happening every day,
And those who say they don’t agree
Are those who do not hear or see.
A hundred million miracles,
A hundred million miracles
Are happening ev’ry day!

An idle poet makes words on a page,
Writes on a page with his brush,
A musical friend makes notes to blend
Suggested by an idle thrush.

All:
A hundred million miracles.

Mei Li:
Then a young soprano who reads what they wrote,
Learns every note, every word,
Puts all they wrote in her lovely throat,
And suddenly a song is heard!

All:
A hundred million miracles,
A hundred million miracles
Are happening every day.

Mei Li:
A poem, a singer, and a tune

All:
Can fly together to the moon!

A hundred million miracles…

In ev’ry single minute
So much is going on,
Along the Yangtse Kiang or the Tiber or the Don.

A hundred million miracles…

Mei Li:
A little girl in Chungking,
Just thirty inches tall,
Decides that she will try to walk and nearly doesn’t fall!

A hundred million miracles!
A hundred million miracles,
A hundred million miracles,
A hundred million miracles
Are happening every day!

My father says
The sun will keep rising
Over the eastern hill.
My father says
He doesn’t know why
But somehow or other it will.
It will!
Somehow or other it will.

A hundred million miracles,
A hundred million miracles
Are happening every day,
And those who say they don’t agree
Are those who do not hear or see.

My father says
The sun will keep rising,
The sun will keep rising,
The sun will keep rising…