JIm and Kate and their roommates are settling in their college dorms, thinking about their past and their futures.

Lyrics

I Just Had to Do It

(sung by Mills Girl Kate, Sheila, and Barbara)

MG: My fam’ly was small, just me and a mom who loved me
It didn’t take long to know I was free to dream on
Chorus: You’re free to dream on
MG: Free to dream on
I put in the work, and got the grades as expected
And when the time came, I knew I just had to do it
Chorus: You Had to do it
MG: I Had to do it

Got a ticket that I’m not givin’ up
Gonna get there motorbike bus or truck
We’re all on this ride together
We’re gonna get there one way or the other
Gonna be a joyous journey
Seas are parting right in front of me
Cap and gown finish for this gal
Gonna walk right through that final mile
All the way to the promised land
My oh my, yes I can I’m
On my way, promised land’s waitin’
Promised land’s waitin’, We’re going’ straight in
Promised land’s waitin’, I say “Amen!”

Sheila Well when I was young, so early, my life was diff’rent
Thrown out of the house, my parents just did not want me
Chorus: They did not want you
Sheila They did not want me
I learned as a child rejection is not so easy
It didn’t take long to see I just had to go on
Chorus: You had to go on
Sheila I had to go on

Got a ticket that I’m not givin’ up
Gonna get there motorbike bus or truck
We’re all on this ride together
We’re gonna get there one way or the other
Gonna be a joyous journey
Seas are parting right in front of me
Cap and gown finish for this gal
Gonna walk right through that final mile
All the way to the promised land
My oh my, yes I can I’m
On my way, promised land’s waitin’
Promised land’s waitin’, I say “Amen!”
Promised land’s waitin’, We’re going’ straight in

Barbara My childhood was hard, we didn’t have much to live on
My clothing was old—old hand-me downs made me angry
Chorus: Made you angry
Barbara Made me angry
We all worked so hard to keep our thoughts on the future
Now I’ve got the chance—I know I just have to take it
Chorus: She has to take it
Barbara I have to make it!

Barbara Got a ticket that I’m not givin’ up
Gonna get there motorbike bus or truck
We’re all on this ride together
We’re gonna get there one way or the other
Gonna be a joyous journey
Seas are partin’ right in front of me
Cap and gown finish for this gal
Gonna walk right through that final mile
All the way to the promised land
My oh my, yes I can I’m
On my way, promised land’s waitin’
Promised land’s waitin’, We’re going’ straight in
Promised land’s waitin’, I say “Amen!”

All: Got a ticket that I’m not givin’ up
Gonna get there motorbike bus or truck
We’re all on this ride together
We’re gonna get there one way or the other
Gonna be a joyous journey
Seas are parting right in front of me
Cap and gown finish for this gal
Gonna walk right through that final mile
All the way to the promised land
My oh my, yes I can I’m
On my way, promised land’s waitin’
Promised land’s waitin’, We’re going’ straight in
Promised land’s waitin’, I say “Amen!”
Promised land’s waitin’ the
Promised land’s waitin’, the
Promised land’s waitin’, the
Promised land’s waitin’, Amen!