The 4th of July

Sometimes it’s so simple we miss it.  That’s what I love about School House Rock…it hits the main points and breaks it down very simply.  Thankfully it came out before too much of the Liberal, political correct, revisionist crap got to it. 

Here are some of my favorite lines as we celebrate our independence.  Hope y’all have a great 4th! 


 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…


 In 1776 there were fireworks too
The original colonists, you know their tempers blew
Like Thomas Paine once wrote:It’s only common sense
That if a government won’t give you your basic rightsYou’d better get another government.
And though some people tried to fight it,
Well, a committee was formed to write it:
Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston,
John Adams, Roger Sherman, Thomas Jefferson,
They got it done (Oh yes they did!)
The Declaration of Independence
In seventeen hundred seventy six
The Continental Congress said that we were free (We’re free!)
Said we had the right of life and liberty
,…And the pursuit of happiness!


And though they lost some battles too,
The Americans swore they’d see it through,
Their raiding parties kept up, hit and run.
At Yorktown the British could not retreat,
Bottled up by Washington and the French Fleet,
Cornwallis surrendered and finally we had won!

From the shot heard ’round the world
To the end of the Revolution
The continental rabble took the day
And the father of our country
Beat the British there at Yorktown
And brought freedom to you and me and the U.S.A.!

God bless America, Let Freedom Ring!


 And they put those principles down on paper and called it the Constitution, and it’s been helping us run our country ever since then. The first part of the Constitution is called the preamble and tells what those founding fathers set out to do.

We the people,
In order to form a more perfect union,
Establish justice, insure domestic tranquility,
Provide for the common defense,
Promote the general welfare and
Secure the blessings of liberty
To ourselves and our posterity
Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.



6 Responses to “The 4th of July”

  1. connie Says:

    I am digging those tapes up today to play them for the kids! Thanks…havent thought about those for awhile. Have to say “Bill” is still pretty high on the Fav’s list.

  2. Roland Says:

    Get the DVD. It has every single one on it plus extra stuff and it is cheap. Only $14.00.

  3. connie Says:

    Does the “extra stuff” include things like the voice over actors fighting…inner studio romance and contact demands? Just kidding…I would like to see what those guys look like. Just wondering.

  4. Roland Says:

    I have the CD box set of the music and it comes with a very interesting book that tells a lot about it. One woman who did a lot of the singing and writing for much of the early ones (Lynn Ahrens) went on to write musicals and win some Tony awards.

  5. connie Says:


  6. Tina Says:

    To this day, when I’m trying to remember the preamble of the Constitution, it is ALWAYS, “We the people / In order to form a more perfect union / Establish justice / Insure domestic tranquility . . . ” I cannot recite the Preamble without remembering the tune it was set to.

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