Friday, December 23, 2011

May "Second Chances" from Allegiance, The Musical Inspire us all this Coming Year


I have been playing this  video several times, and it keeps running on my head still until now that I am writing this.  Apart from  our very own Lea Salonga who is singing it, the lyrics are so beautiful that it is apt to share it to everybody who have fallen, stumbled and made mistakes in the past -- but it is not always too late  to rearrange things for all of us have second chances everyday, every moment, and every new year that comes.

Second Chances is from Allegiance the Musical - starring Lea Salonga, Tong Leung and George Takei which will be shown  at Balboa Park's Globe Theater in San Diego  next year in 2012. 

Here are the lyrics if you want to sing along:


An emptiness is all there is to see
The joy that you once knew, a distant memory
When the purpose of each morning
Is forgotten with each night...

And it doesn' t seem to matter
If you give up or you fight...

Look again, that is when your world's about to change
Nothing in life is so permanent that love can't rearrange...

Second chances, life is rich with second chances
Second songs with second dances, second melodies
For if you've only got one shot
If once or nothing's all you've got
Your days would just be filled with single moments, single memories

But I believe hearts can conceive
Of more than one bright happy ending
Roads may split in two, you can't go down both thin & fast
We know and yet we still forget our paths are never so unbending
Life has given you a second chance...

Second chances, the world provides with second chances
New adventures, new romances, new responsibilities
For if you're always looking back
Your eyes might miss the second track
You take no chances, seize no day
Leave no possibilities

But heart's desire, heart's of fire
A place you grow from a single ember
Yesterday turns toward tomorrow
A brand new circumstance

What's past is past but it's not the last
We're not alive to just remember
When life has said to you, not a chance but two
Life has granted you a second chance...

The musical will run in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Sept. 6 – Oct. 20, 2012. Preview performances run Sept. 6 – Sept. 15. Opening night is Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are currently available by subscription only. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. (Source: 

About the show: 

Allegiance is an epic story of love, war and heroism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II,  following the story of the Omura family in the weeks and years following Pearl Harbor, as they are relocated from their home in Salinas, California to the Heart Mountain internment camp in the wastelands of Wyoming. 

Their story reflects the deep conflicts of a nation and a people divided: father Tatsuo, a successful store owner, resists their unjust internment; mother Kimiko fears for their future, quietly resigned to their fate; older son James volunteers in an all-Japanese American army regiment; and younger son Sam yearns for acceptance by and inclusion in America. The Omura’s conflicts mirror the larger rift between the Japanese American Citizens League, which urged cooperation with the internment and unwavering loyalty to America, and the resisters of the internment, who steadfastly refused to serve a country that had put them in concentration camps. This universal story sheds new light upon a dark, under-explored, and wrenching chapter of American history. Through the remembrances of Old Sam and his tutor Gloria, the painful past is revisited, and at long last, redemption and understanding begin to heal decades-old wounds. 

Allegiance sheds new light upon a dark chapter of American history.  With its moving score, Allegiance connects the audience with universal themes of love, family and redemption. (Source:

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