From the 1985 off-Broadway musical, “Personals.” “Imagine My Surprise” tells the story of love found and (of course) love lost. It comes from the 1985 off-Broadway musical, “Personals,” with book and lyrics by David Crane, Marta Kauffman and Seth Friedman, and music by Billy Dreskin, Seth Friedman, Joel Phillip Friedman, Michael Skloff, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. The show featured a stellar cast that included Jason Alexander, Laura Dean, Dee Hoty, Jeff Keller, Nancy Opel and Trey Wilson. Musical Director was Michael Skloff. It was directed by Paul Lazarus. In the original production, “Imagine My Surprise” was sung by Dee Hoty.
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I never believed that I’d meet a man with whom I could spend the rest of my life.
I never believed in some charming prince or a man of my dreams.
And since I never believed that any of that crap was true,
Imagine my surprise when I met you.
I met you and it’s trumpets and bells and it’s birds.
And it’s words like rapture and joy.
And boy, I couldn’t believe it!
But I always believed that sooner or later you’d somehow slip up and say some-thing dumb.
Some thoughtless remark and I’d suddenly pause and you’d be nothing special
Because I always believed that no one could stay so good.
Imagine my surprise when you could!
And you did and got better and better while I just stood by
Falling deeper and then, again, I couldn’t believe it!
But I woke up one day and saw my defenses,
My well thought out, carefully chosen defenses,
My ironclad, hard-boiled insoluble walls,
Had layer by layer by layer been melted a-way!
And I still can’t believe that I met a man with whom I could spend the rest of my life.
I still can’t believe that you’re really gone, that the man of my dreams is gone.
I still can’t believe that it never occurred to me
I might not be the dream for you.
Imagine my surprise.
released May 22, 2020
music by Billy Dreskin
words by David Crane and Marta Kauffman
sound engineering by Larry Alexander