We Never Dream Alone


(MUSIC) I’m Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health and this year, I’m the co-chair of the Combined Federal Campaign for HHS. The theme of the CFC is hope, and the winner of our lyrics contest is Gary Allen, who works for the Administration for Children and Families in Kansas City. So here is Gary’s poem “We Never Dream Alone”, set to a tune that I wrote to go with it. (MUSIC) It’s the dream of the mother; It’s the dream of the child, A dream written on the wind, so beautiful and wild. It’s a dream to save tomorrow, beginning here today, A dream to conquer sorrow that will never fade away. It’s a dream born of caring we each can call our own. It’s a dream born of sharing ’cause we never dream alone. (MUSIC) It’s the dream of the father; It’s the dream of the son, Growing ever brighter until the battle’s won. It’s the dream of a family, stronger than the fear, A dream of faith and courage, always true and always near. It’s a dream born of caring we each can call our own. It’s a dream born of sharing ’cause we never dream alone. (MUSIC) Well watch and see how we’ll overcome the night. When together — proud and free — we shine compassion’s light. It’s the dream of a nation, touching every heart, A dream of restoration, hope, and a brand new start. And you know we won’t stop dreaming until the dream comes true For the world, for our children, for me, and for you. It’s a dream born of caring we each can call our own. It’s a dream born of sharing ’cause we never dream alone. It’s a dream born of caring we each can call our own. It’s a dream born of sharing ’cause we never dream alone. Not alone. Not alone. Never Dream Alone.

15 thoughts on “We Never Dream Alone

  1. Thank you Dr. Collins: This is wonderful and captured all of the facets of living to never dream alone, no matter what the circumstances that we face and take on in life. Again thank you. this is wonderful.

  2. I love to see public officials communicating in a different way! Tip: you and Howard Koh should do a duet. When he was Commissioner of Public Health in Massachusetts we were exposed to his wonderful singing voice!

  3. HOPE IS A MEDICINE—WITHOUT HOPE YOU GIVE UP AND START TO DIE

    ENTHUSIASM IS MEDICINE—WHEN YOU RECONNECT SOMEONE'S ENTHUSIASM WATCH THE MIRACLES OCCUR

    FORGIVENESS IS MEDICINE—WHEN YOU LEARN TO FORGIVE YOURSELF—WATCH THE MIRACLES ALL AROUND YOU

    VISION, PRAYER, AND DREAMS ARE A MEDICINE—WATCH THE MIRACLES WHEN SOMEONE STARTS TO DREAM AGAIN.

    THANK YOU DR. COLLINS FOR YOUR WONDERFUL MEDICINE OF HOPE AND VISION.

  4. no doubt … Medicine is an art … the most human of the sciences and the most scientific of the arts.
    Congratulations Dr. Collins… Great job!!!!
    Gabriela Carrillo Nuñez MD

  5. Congratulations Prof. Collins. We have never met, my contact with you starte through Thomas D Gelehrther by the internet about your book and latter by TV,books,NIH and events like that. Receive my humble admiration for your acomplishmens and together with a hope that the best is yet to come!

  6. Francis – it's always good to see you singing. Thanks for taking this personal time to share this important message. Those of us in the rare disease community definitely support the CFC. We hope, dream, and live together!

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