“You’ll Be Back”


By Angelica & Eliza, the Schuyler Sister Wives

There’s a revolutionary musical taking over the world. And unless you’ve been hiding with the Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran, you’ve heard about Hamilton too. One of the first songs we encountered was “You’ll be Back.” In it King George is singing to the rogue American colonies, urging to them to come to their senses and return to his loving charge. This was in November. Right after the Policy came out. And the song seems to echo so much of the Church’s rhetoric. It was uncanny. So Eliza and I (Peggy was busy being left out) tweaked a few of the lyrics and bring to you our Mormon version. We’ve added an additional verse to reflect our current choice to stay–even though we are not allowed in the room where it happens, we are hoping for a revelation. Enjoy!

You say
The church should welcome everyone even if they are gay
You cry
Think we’re cruel cause our rules are for fools and they’re tough to apply
Why so sad?
Remember you’ll lose all your blessings if you go astray
Now you’re making us mad
November, was not a deal breaker, and we’re The Man

You’ll be back, why the fuss?
Your church membership belongs to us
You’ll be back, time will tell
You’ll remember or you’ll burn in hell
Some will leave, some will stay
But not you if your parents are gay
And when push comes to shove
We will hold a disciplinary council to remind you of our love!

Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da dat dat da ya da!
Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da dat dat da…

You say our rules are draining and you can’t go on
We’ll be the ones explaining where you went wrong
And no,
We don’t remember
The hope before November
Oh sweet, submissive member
Our compliant, reliant member
Forever and ever and ever and ever and ever…

You’ll be back, be a fan
Like you were after the priesthood ban
For your love, for your support
Come to church and be of good report
If you leave, you break the chain
Think of what you lose, not what you gain
Cuz when push comes to shove
We will excommunicate your friends and family to remind you of our love

Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da dat dat da ya da!
Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da dat—


Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da dat dat da ya da!
Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da da da da
Dat dat da ya da!

I will stay, others go
Who is right or wrong I do not know
It’s my church, it’s my tribe
My convictions cannot be proscribed
To my hope I will cling
And in my rainbow heart I’ll sing
They can push, they can shove
But I will do my golly-gosh-darnedest to live the gospel that I love

Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da da da da
Dat dat da ya da!



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18 Responses

  1. Nancy Ross says:

    Someone please record this!

  2. nrc42 says:

    This is the greatest ever.

  3. spunky says:

    Not hiding out with the dead sea scrolls, rather, i simply do not live in North America. Thus I’ve yet to hear any of the recorded songs in this American musical. Its only because I have American friends that I’ve heard of this! And I’ve yet to speak to a non-american Mormon who’s heard of it. 🙁 SO. Do you have a link to the tune? Colour me Qumran.

  4. EmilyHB says:

    surely Jonathan Groff can be persuaded to record this? or paid, even? I’m in for a hundred bucks.

  5. Tessa says:

    Hahahahahahahaha. Poor Peggy, to busy being left out. Clever rewrite.

  6. Violadiva says:

    This is great! I sang it aloud with great fervor.

  7. Em says:

    Some men say that I’m intense or insane. I want a revolution AND a revelation, so listen to MY proclamation! “By divine design fathers preside, protect and provide.” Well when I meet the President I’m a tell him that in my family WE decide. Work!

  8. Lorie says:

    Brava! Something must be up in the Mo fem zeitgeist. I had no idea this was in the works when I wrote today’s Hamilton–and Exponent–referencing Ordain Women blog post, The Room Where It Happens. http://ordainwomen.org/the-room-where-it-happens/

  9. Olea says:

    Goodness this is so funny. If anyone’s on twitter, you should definitely follow Lin-Manuel Miranda (as well as the Exponent, of course!), he expresses such love in his good morning/goodnight tweets.

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