Using my blog to try and make the world a better place. If I can help someone forget their troubles for a few minutes a day, it's all worth it.

1973 (btw, is it just me, or do I look like Bobby Brady in this pic?????):

1973 (btw, is it just me, or do I look like Bobby Brady in this pic?????):
I watch the ripples change their size, but never leave the stream of warm impermanent sand. So the days flow through my eyes but still the days seem the same. And these children that you spit on as they try to change their world are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Rockin' and a-rollin', splishin' and a-splashin', Over the horizon, what can it be?

The pilgrims sailed the sea To find a place to call their own. In their ship Mayflower, They hoped to find a better home. They finally knocked On Plymouth Rock And someone said, "We're there."It may not look like home But at this point I don't care. Oh, they were missing Mother England, They swore their loyalty until the very end. Anything you say, King, It's OK, King, You know it's kinda scary on your own. Gonna build a new land The way we planned.Could you help us run it till it's grown? They planted corn, you know They built their houses one by one, And bit by bit they worked Until the colonies were done. They looked around,Yeah, up and down, And someone said, "Hurray!" If the king could only see us now He would be proud of us today. They knew that now they'd run their own land, But George the Third still vowed He'd rule them till the end. Anything I say, do it my way now. Anything I say, do it my way. Don't you get to feeling independent 'Cause I'm gonna force you to obey. He taxed their property, He didn't give them any choice, And back in England, He didn't give them any voice. (That's called taxation without representation,and it's not fair!)But when the Colonies complained The king said: "I don't care!" He even has the nerve To tax our cup of tea. To put it kindly, King, We really don't agree. Gonna show you how we feel. We're gonna dump this tea, And turn this harbor into The biggest cup of tea in history! They wanted no more Mother England. They knew the time had come For them to take command. It's very clear you're being unfair, King, No matter what you say, we won't obey. Gonna hold a revolution now, King, And we're gonna run it all our way With no more kings... We're gonna elect a president! (No more kings) He's gonna do what the people want! (No more kings) We're gonna run things our way! (No more kings) Nobody's gonna tell us what to do! Rockin' and a-rollin', splishin' and a-splashin', Over the horizon, what can it be? Looks like it's going to be a free country.

6 comments:

Caffeinated Joe said...

I still hum this in my head sometimes. Watched it enough to have it ingrained.

ChiTown Girl said...

I LOVE when you post about School House Rock!!! I've been showing it to my students for my entire 20+ teaching career. I wish they would bring them back to TV. :(

joe said...

Joe and Chi: Ever since I posted it this morning this song's been playing over and over in my head...

lazlo1988 said...

Wooohoo!!! I've been on a Schoolhouse Rock kick myself. I love this one!! Its amazing what a positive view of America these features had at a time when the U.S. was faced with gas lines, Watergate, and the lingering effects of Vietnam. You cant watch these and not smile.

I also love the one about the Great American Melting Pot, and the one about the Preamble.

joe said...

In 11th grade, in history class, one of our tests was that we had to memorize the preamble to the Constitution. Everybody got it right because they remembered it from Schoolhouse Rock.

ChiTown Girl said...

Back when I taught 8th grade, I let my class watch the video over and over for a couple of days. Then, when it came time for the test, I let them sing it to me, if they wanted, instead of just reciting it.

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