Love lifts us up where we belong, where the eagles cry on a montain side.
But whether we'll be saluting An Officer And A Gentleman soaring to music heights remains to be seen.
In fact, the classy song originally sung by Joe Cocker, seemed to be in another league to what was on offer in this musical.
That's not to say the show doesn't have merit.
Based on the hugely successful 1982 film it really does have mountains to climb.
When it comes down to it, it is a love story and most people love a love story.
God knows we need some escapism from the financial doom and gloom gripping the world at the moment.
The show opens in the seedy areas of Manila. A young Zack Mayo gets a quick introduction to life from his alcoholic sailor father Byron (Bartholomew John).
After seeing a fly-past of American F/A-18s Zack is inspired to make more of his life than mixing with the Ladies of the night.
A kindly meeting with a navy officer in whites, confirms this.
The grown-up Zac (Ben Mingay) is thrust into basic training on his way to becoming a pilot.
It's at this point we ger to meet the factory girls whose ambition it is to get hitched to a pilot and be taken away from their dreary lives.
Until they are whipped into shape by the archetypal drill seageant Foley (Bert Labonte), Zac's squad make a pretty motley crew.
The incongruous cross section of humanity consists of family guy Charlie (Josef Brown), eager-to-please Ramon (Josh Pitterman) and Sid (Alex Rathgeber), who is trying to live up to the memory of his dead war hero brother.
Before the end of what seems a long and tedious first half we get to meet Zack's love interest Paula (Amanda Harrison).
The problem is the rock ballads by Ken Hirsch and Robin Lerner: they seem a bit stodgy even though the characters sing them with enthusiasm.
Director Simon Phillips gets act II off to a bright, energetic start with the tune Half Way in TJ's Bar.
The dance scene is quite exhilerating.
The show does have its poignant moments when a lump does come to the throat and a tear to the eye. Zac's best buddy Sid hanging himself after being rejected by Lynette (Kate Kendall) is one of them.
Another is when Zack breaks down in front of the drill sergeant with the plaintiff cry: ''I aint got nuthin' else.''
The romantic scenes between the two lovers appears a little tentative; sparks don't fly even though the players are attractive people.
This musical is a mixed bag because there are so many good things about it.
The moving stage keeps the action flowing and the lighting and stage set are first rate. The band's musical arrangements of the songs lits them as much as possible.
An Officer And A Gentleman is on at the Lyric Theatre until July 1.