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Unexpected Song

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Released  1984 (1984)
Genre  Musical theatre
Recorded  1984
Label  RCA Records
"Unexpected Song" (1984)  "All I Ask of You" (1986)

"Unexpected Song" is a 1984 song from the musical Song & Dance originally sung (on Broadway) by Bernadette Peters. The music was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Don Black. A single was released by Sarah Brightman. Originally released by Marti Webb and Justin Hayward as a duet in 1981 the song had new lyrics penned for the original 1982 production of the show and was re-titled "When You Want to Fall in Love". The original lyrics were re-instated when the show was re-written for Brightman's run. It was later used in Lloyd Webber's and Black's reworking of the show, returning to the original album title of Tell Me on a Sunday. The single peaked at #76 on the UK Singles Chart.


The song's melody was originally heard as Variation 5 on Lloyd Webber's 1978 instrumental album Variations. The remainder of the album became the dance music for the second act of Song & Dance.

Track listing

  1. "Unexpected Song"
  2. "Come Back With the Same Look in Your Eyes"


  • Bernadette Peters on Song & Dance: Original Broadway Cast Recording (1985)
  • Michael Crawford on Songs From the Stage & Screen (1987)
  • Paul Jones on The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection (1991)
  • Clare Burt on Aspects of Andrew Lloyd Webber Volume 2 (1996)
  • Michael Ball on Julian Lloyd Webber's Unexpected Songs (2006)
  • Anthony Warlow on Best of Act One
  • Denise Van Outen on Tell Me On a Sunday (2006)
  • Myrra Malmberg on Unexpected: Myrra Malmberg Sings Lloyd Webber (1997)
  • Dave Willetts on The Musicals Unplugged (2003)
  • References

    Unexpected Song Wikipedia