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Reflections of Earth – Lyrics

Illuminations 2000: Reflections of Earth combines fireworks, light, images, and sound to tell the story of our world as we approached the beginning of a new millennium. The two songs “We Go On” and “Promise” have touched the hearts of millions and have been featured in wedding celebrations and memorials.

 

We Go On

Music by Gavin Greenaway
Lyrics by Kellie Coffey

With the stillness of the night there comes a time to understand,
to reach out and touch tomorrow, take the future in our hand.
We can see a new horizon built on all that we have done
and our dreams begin another thousand circles round the sun.
We go on through the joy and through the tears. We go on to discover new frontiers.
Moving on with the current of the years, we go on moving forward now as one.
Moving on in the spirit born to run.
We go on with each rising sun to a new day. We go on.

Promise 

Music by Gavin Greenaway
Lyrics by Don Dorsey

Every evening brings an ending. Every day becomes a legacy.
Every sunset leads to morning with the promise of opportunity.
We can reach for the stars we find along the way, dreaming as we learn to love everyday.
Promise you will take my hand as tomorrow comes. We’ll go on.
We’ll go on growing closer through the years.
Moving on through the good times and the tears.
Ever on, another thousand circles round the sun, we’ll go on.
There is music, if you listen, in the rhythm of each breath we take.
Destinations undiscovered, revelations from every choice we make.
And I know there are diamonds dancing in the sky. All we have to do is open our eyes.
Promise we’ll walk side by side as a new day dawns; we’ll go on.
We’ll go on growing closer through the years.
Moving on through the good times and the tears.
Ever on another thousand circles round the sun.
And we live to keep the promise – we’ll go on.

 

To the dismay of all who have been touched by Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, the final performance was on September 30, 2019. Thirty eight members of the team who created and produced this spectacular nightly event gathered one last time to watch the final showing together.

Back Row: Martin Collins, David Connelly, Norm Lesmerises, Rich Taylor, Jerold Kaplan, Doug Dixon, Scott Stephan, Jay Neal, Steve Felder, Frank Alberson, Steve Eckwielen, Bill Wiedefeld, David Hynds, Brian Evans.
Middle Row: Tamara Frost, Ed Glowacki, Joe Kivett, Kyle Poor, Syme Jago, John Haupt, Eric Tucker, Gavin Greenaway, Don Dorsey, Steve Skorija, Phil Baker, Oliver Peters, Laurie Padden Jordan, Bettina Buckley, Ron Logan.
Front Row: Bernie Durgin, Kellie Coffey, Jimmy Wallace, Craig Jenest, Steve Zimmerman, Craig Stickler, Kenneth Montgomery, Lori LaFrance, David Stephens.

Left to right: Don Dorsey (Dorsey Productions, Inc.), Frank and Diane Alberson, Oliver Peters, Allison and Ken Montgomery, Craig Stickler.

One of the most touching aspects of Reflections of Earth is the song, “Promise,” lyrics by Don Dorsey, music by Gavin Greenaway, sung by Kellie Coffey. This song spoke to the future of our world as we began “another thousand circles round the sun” in the new Millennium. It immediately found it’s way into wedding ceremonies and the hearts of all who heard it in the stillness of the night at EPCOT. A copy of the sheet music was signed by all those who worked on the production gathering together for the last time at the 2019 reunion.

The finale of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at the last showing, September 30, 1999, as viewed by the individuals who gathered for the 20th reunion of the creation of this amazing production.

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The original music heard every night at EPCOT's Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, known worldwide...

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The original music heard every night at EPCOT's Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, known worldwide...

Reflections of Earth - Abbey Road

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Comments to “Reflections of Earth – Lyrics”

  1. Kim Marie Fischer Peters says:

    Last performance of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was tonight, September 30, 2019.
    It is sad that the message of Reflections of Earth – that we all share the same beginnings and hope for the future – will not be celebrated nightly at EPCOT. It saddens me greatly that its time has passed.

    There has never been any other performance at Walt Disney World that has brought me to tears each time I experience it.

    I was a guest at the performance of the World Symphony Orchestra at the grand opening in October 1971 and have visited more times than I can remember and have witnessed many amazing performances, but Reflections of Earth was and will always be the most magnificent of them all.

    Thank you Don Dorsey and everyone on your team who made Reflections possible!

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