Bil Browning

Grab the Kleenex and meet Susan Boyle

Filed By Bil Browning | April 14, 2009 6:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Britain's Got Talent, I Dreamed a Dream, Les Miserables, Susan Boyle

What a wonderful way to end today's posts - a simple reminder to overlook outside wrappers and see the beauty within each other. If you don't tear up watching this, you're just not human.

Britain's Got Talent contestant Susan Boyle has never been kissed and lives alone with her cats. You can watch the audience rolling their eyes and the judges patronizing her. Expectations are low. And then she opens her mouth to sing 'I Dreamed a Dream' from Les Miserables...

Lyrics after the jump.

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life woth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving.

Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used
And wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung
No wine untasted.

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame.

And still
I dream he'll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms
We cannot weather...

I had a dream my life would be
So different form this hell I'm living
so different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed.

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Ellen Andersen Ellen Andersen | April 14, 2009 7:10 PM

That was amazing, Bil Thank you for finding it and posting it for us.

I saw this yesterday and although the universe has not been gentle with me recently, I honestly felt a tiny piece of my heart heal. It did my soul some good.

WOW - thank you for sharing that Bil.

Wow, that was amazing.


TV/Movies/Media have made all of us more vain AND judgemental when it comes to the VISUAL. As a society we are literally LESS ABLE to listen due to years of visual media saturation (ask ANY music teacher).

She Is Beautiful, inside and out.

This is, what? the fifth or sixth time I've seen this publicized and I've watched it almost as many times.

Susan Boyle taught us such an old, old lesson and that is, not judging the book... What a fantastic voice.

But why did she have to "go back to the village with her head held high"? We should all be seeing more of her. Letterman should have her on the show and belt out a tune. I'd record it, so I could see it.

She's not TS. Yet if you really, really want to know in your heart what being a TS woman is like, that video encaptures it.

Yes, I'm reaching for my hankie. That's our story, you see.

Brad Bailey | April 14, 2009 11:15 PM

Damn you, Browning. I really did have to reach for the Kleenex. Awesome!

Scott Kaiser Scott Kaiser | April 14, 2009 11:37 PM

And it goes without saying (which is why I'm saying it anyway) that you should never, never, NEVER write someone off until you've given them a chance.

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | April 14, 2009 11:32 PM

I love when a real person blows the minds of the cynical glitterati. Thanks for sharing that!!!

Yeah, the only surprise in this video is how vapid the people in the audience and the judges are. Do they actually think singing ability is related to beauty?

That wonderful indescribable feeling that you get when Susan Boyle begins to sing. There are no words for it. It just puts the world right.

Regan DuCasse | April 15, 2009 12:38 AM

This is the third time Britain's Got Talent has given me chills, and made me cry.

First, the humble cell phone salesman and his rendition of "Nessun Dorma".

Then there was young Andrew Johnson who is bullied in school because 'nobody sings like this'. His chrystaline angel's voice singing "Pie Jesu Requiem" brought on the tears...

And now...
The inimitable and ever so beautiful, Susan Boyle.

Music hath charms...

My wife is in tears. I am astonished. Today, I have learned not to judge because now I know that a flower awaits within. I would kiss her. She is a beautiful woman.

I try not to be judgemental but catch myself a lot. Had to list to it 2X once with my eyes open and once with my eyes closed. Wouldn't be nice if we could all look at everyone's possible potential first off?

Yea... what would happen if she couldn't sing all that well? What lesson would that teach us? There are a lot more people like that in the world.

Thanks, Bil, for lifting me past the suicide of the 11-year-old boy in Springfield MA. My week was crappy, until Susan Boyle made me see anew that the written-off, the ignored, the scorned can wear the crown. I'm twitterpatting (which has nothing to do w/ Twitter, but everything to do with a feeling of well-being and rightness with the world).

tobyhannabill | April 15, 2009 2:24 PM

I am rarely considered speechless. How foolish is the world to have not found this talent sooner.

A. J. Lopp | April 15, 2009 2:40 PM

Watching Simon Cowell was almost as telling as hearing Susan Boyle sing. There he sat with an amazed look on his face like he was watching a vision of the Virgin Mary descending from heaven ... and then at the end he tries the "I knew it, you can't fool me!" routine.

He's such a scoundrel ... but a lovable scoundrel.

Best of Luck to Susan Boyle ... I expect she'll get a record contract whether she wins BGT or not!

P.S. If you haven't seen Les Mis yet, consider not going --- with the possible exception of the self-folding scenery and another song called Take Him Home, you've just seen the high point of the whole show.

Anne Geren | April 15, 2009 6:06 PM more can be said.....I can type no more, for the tears in my eyes are beautifully rendering me incapable to do so. Beautiful, stunning, extraordinary........

Angela Brightfeather | April 15, 2009 11:01 PM

This is so uplifting of spirit and such a wonderful contribution to art and music. I hope that I willo see much more of Susan Boyle in the future and I wish her the very best.
As for the audience, I think that they should have had Susan perform on April 1st; it would have been the ultimate April Fools on every one of them.

I have been showing this one to my students (especially vocalists) all week.

“Amazing”—“ awesome”—“ charming”—“stunning”---mere words seem grossly inadequate. “Uplifting of spirit” does come close (thank you Angela). I can’t help but believe that in witnessing Susan Boyle’s validation that we each in some way share in this huge pivotal moment in her life. As this unemployed 47-year-old woman stepped out of her small English village, hundreds cheered her voice, thousands stood to applaud its clarity and beauty. 15 million online join to witness the event that says Susan Boyle’s life will never be the same.

UPDATE: Extra! yesterday aired a blurb about Susan B being given a make-over --- people who can earn a tiny percentage of what her voice is worth will be having her stage-worthy in no time!

The blurb in question showed a photo of her with a good skin foundation on, and a red neck-length straight-haired wig. That and her smile, and she was totally charming without even hearing her voice yet.

Here's one link I was able to find ...

And there's no use for us to argue about whether she should stay "frumpy" or not --- it's her image and she can do what she wants! She can also switch between frumpy and made-up to suit the occasion, as Phyllis Diller has been doing for years.

What a modern-day Cinderella story! Go Susan, go!