We Open Up The Gateways

Robert Ousley, Helen Sjöholm, Russell Watson, Kevin Odekirk, Louise Pitre, David Hess, Ensemble

Brusander
Now surely you know
That the country you go to
Is ruled by the law of the heathen
It’s a land of deceivers!
Hear me out, Kristina
Their nation is godless
Their prophets are pagans
And never true believers!

Robert 
They say it’s a country
Where no man is master

Karl Oskar 
Where farmers like me can look forward
To the harvesting season

Kristina 
With a heavy heart
I will go with my husband
I go for the children
And that’s my only reason

Brusander 
Fifty years from today
There will be no America, you know

Church warden and others 
Yes, America it will have disappeared
Fifty years from this day

Brusander
Just you mark my words
You’ll be sorry if you go

Emigrants
There is nothing to add
We are leaving whatever you say

So come,
We open up the gateway
Come,
We’ve started on the quest
Come,
The stories from America
Encourage and inspire

Yes come,
We open up the gateway
Come,
It opens to the West
Come,
The promise of a second chance
Is spreading like a fire

Brusander (to Danjel) 
This country you go
Is full of pretenders
They bow to their idols
And all they seek is trifles and treasure

There, Ulrika, men always
Yield to desire
A land full of lewdness
And lechery and pleasure

Danjel 
I trust in my God
He will lead me to freedom
He’ll light up my path
I’m relying on the signs that He shows me

Ulrika 
I must get away
From these backstabbing lechers
And start, good as new,
In a place where no-one knows me

Brusander 
Fifty years from today
You will see how America will fail

Church warden and others
Yes, America, it will have been erased
Fifty years from this day

Brusander 
Just you mark my words
You’ll be sorry if you sail

Emigrants 
There is no more to add
We are leaving whatever you say

So come,
We open up the gateway
Come,
We’ve started on the quest
Come,
The stories from America
Encourage and inspire

Yes come,
We open up the gateway
Come,
It opens to the West
Come,
The promise of a second chance
Is spreading like a fire

It’s a slow and hesitant beginning
In a land of little change
Hard to summon up the steel
To brave a world unknown

And the thought of breaking up with home is
Unfamiliar and strange
Yet so many risk their lives
And everything they own

So come,
We open up the gateway
Come,
The mighty river flows
Come,
The promise of a better life
Has set a world in motion

Yes come,
We open up the gateway
Come,
The mighty river grows
Come,
The tide has turned and
time has come to reach across the ocean

© 2010 Mono Music AB

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