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Schoolhouse Rock!
School House Rock!.png Characters are Dori, Dina,Shulie,Joe,George, and Tom
Schoolhouse Rock.
Format Educational, Animated, Musical
Created by David McCall
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 52
Production
Running time 3 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original airing 1973 – 1985
1993 – 1999

Schoolhouse Rock! is an American series of animated musical educational short films that aired during the Saturday morning children's programming on the U.S. television network ABC. The topics covered included grammar, science, economics, history, mathematics, and civics. The series produced original episodes between 1973 and 1986 (with 37 episodes created between 1973 and 1980, and four created as the "Computer Rock" segment between 1983 and 1984), with a return in 1993 and new episodes airing at least once a year between then and 1996, when production of the series for ABC was halted. Episodes continued to air for an additional five years after that, finally coming to an end after a 26-year run cancellation in 1999 by ABC. This television program was often rated TV-G in the United States.

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Origins and history

Schoolhouse Rock! began as a commercial advertising venture by David McCall. The idea came to McCall when he noticed one of his sons, who was having trouble in school remembering the multiplication tables, knew the lyrics to many current rock songs. The first song recorded was "Three Is a Magic Number," written by Bob Dorough. It tested well, so a children's record was compiled and released. Tom Yohe listened to the first song, and began to doodle pictures to go with the lyrics. He told McCall that the songs would make good animation.

When a print workbook version fell through, McCall's company decided to produce their own animated versions of the songs, which they then sold to ABC (which already was McCall's company's biggest advertising account) based on a demo animation of the original "Three Is A Magic Number" for its Saturday morning lineup. They pitched their idea to Michael Eisner, then vice-president of ABC's children's programming division. Eisner brought longtime Warner Bros. cartoonist/director Chuck Jones to the meeting to also listen to the presentation.

The network's children's programming division had producers of its regular 30- and 60-minute programs cut three minutes out of each of their shows, and sold General Foods on the idea of sponsoring the segments. The series stayed on the air for 12 years. Later sponsors of the Schoolhouse Rock! segments included Nabisco, General Foods, Kenner Toys, Kellogg's, and McDonald's.

Thirty-seven episodes were recorded and produced between 1972 and 1980.

The last of the original series were four segments about the then-novel personal computer technology. The shorts featured two characters by the name of Scooter Computer and Mister Chips, and so these were the only episodes in the series to feature any recurring characters.

A 1987 production of the series for VHS tape featured Cloris Leachman opening the collection and some songs with child dancers and singers but "Three Ring Government," "The Good Eleven" and "Little Twelve Toes" were not included on the videos. [1][2]

In the 1990s, the team reunited to produce Money Rock and two more Grammar Rock segments ("Busy Prepositions" and "The Tale of Mr. Morton").

In 2002, the team once again reunited to produce a new song, "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote To College" for the release of the 30th Anniversary DVD. For the new song, Tom Yohe Jr. took over as lead designer for his father Yohe Sr., who had died in 2000.[2] Another contemporary song, called "Presidential Minute", which explained the process of electing the President of the United States in greater detail, was included on the 2008 DVD "Schoolhouse Rock! Election Collection", which centered on songs relating to American history and government.

In 2009, the team produced eleven new environmentally-themed songs for the DVD "Schoolhouse Rock!: Earth ".[3]

Episodes

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Multiplication Rock

Episode title Subject Music by[4] Lyrics by[4] Performed by[4] Animation & design First aired[4]
My Hero, Zero 0 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Focus Design / Tom Yohe 1973
Elementary, My Dear 2 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Focus Design / Jack Sidebotham 1973
Three Is a Magic Number 3 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Focus Design / Tom Yohe 1973
The Four-Legged Zoo 4 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough (and chorus of children) Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Bob Eggers 1973
Ready or Not, Here I Come 5 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Tom Yohe 1973
I Got Six 6 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Grady Tate Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Tom Yohe 1973
Lucky Seven Sampson 7 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Rowland B. Wilson 1973
Figure Eight 8 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Blossom Dearie Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Tom Yohe 1973
Naughty Number Nine 9 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Grady Tate Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Tom Yohe 1973
The Good Eleven 11 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Jack Sidebotham 1973
Little Twelvetoes 12 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Rowland B. Wilson 1973

No shows were produced featuring the numbers 1 or 10 explicitly

In 1973, Capitol Records released a soundtrack album of Multiplication Rock, featuring all 12 songs. Two tracks, "My Hero, Zero" and "Three Is A Magic Number" had been edited for TV to keep each video within three minutes. This LP features both songs in their full, unedited forms. Also, the album version of "The Four-Legged Zoo" has a slightly different ending than the television version.

Grammar Rock

Episode title Subject Music by[4] Lyrics by[4] Performed by[4] First aired[4]
Conjunction Junction conjunction Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Jack Sheldon and Terri Morel 1973
Unpack Your Adjectives adjective George R. Newall George R. Newall Blossom Dearie 1975
Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here adverb Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough 1974
Interjections! interjection Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Essra Mohawk 1974
Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla pronoun Bob Dorough Kathy Mandary Jack Sheldon 1977
Verb: That's What's Happening verb Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Zachary Sanders 1974
A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing noun Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens 1973
Busy Prepositions preposition Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Jack Sheldon and Bob Dorough October 1993
The Tale of Mr. Morton subject and predicate Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Jack Sheldon December 1993

"Busy Prepositions" and "The Tale of Mr. Morton" were produced for Schoolhouse Rock's return to ABC in 1993.

Science Rock

Episode title Subject Music by[4] Lyrics by[4] Performed by[4] First aired[4]
The Body Machine nutrition Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Bob Dorough and Jack Sheldon 1979
Do The Circulation cardiovascular system Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Joshie Armstead, Mary Sue Berry, & Maeretha Stewart 1979
Electricity, Electricity electricity Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Zachary Sanders 1979
The Energy Blues energy conservation George Newall George Newall Jack Sheldon 1978
Interplanet Janet the solar system Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens 1978
Telegraph Line nervous system Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Jaime Aff and Christine Langner 1979
Them Not-So-Dry Bones skeletal system George Newall George Newall Jack Sheldon 1979
A Victim of Gravity gravity Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens The Tokens 1978
The Greatest Show on Earth/The Weather Show weather Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Bob Kalban 1979 [5]

America Rock

Episode title Subject Music by[4] Lyrics by[4] Performed by[4] First aired[4]
Elbow Room U.S. territorial expansion Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Sue Manchester 1976
Fireworks Declaration of Independence Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Grady Tate 1976
The Great American Melting Pot Immigration/Diversity Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lori Lieberman 1977
I'm Just a Bill Legislative Process Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg Jack Sheldon 1975
Mother Necessity American inventions Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough, Jack Sheldon, Blossom Dearie, & Essra Mohawk 1977
No More Kings American independence Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens & Bob Dorough 1975
The Preamble United States Constitution Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens 1975
The Shot Heard 'Round The World American Revolutionary War Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough 1976
Sufferin' Till Suffrage Women's suffrage Bob Dorough Tom Yohe Essra Mohawk 1976
Three Ring Government separation of powers Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens 1979
I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College Electoral College George R. Newall and Bob Dorough George R. Newall and Bob Dorough Jack Sheldon and Bob Dorough 2002
Presidential Minute Voting For President George R. Newall George R. Newall and Tom Yohe Jack Sheldon 2008

"I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College" and "Presidential Minute" were produced for DVD.

Computer Rock

Episode title Subject Music by[4] Lyrics by[4] Performed by[4] First aired[4]
Introduction computers Lynn Ahrens, Tom Yohe and Bob Dorough Lynn Ahrens, Tom Yohe and Bob Dorough Darrell Stern and Bob Kaliban 1983
Hardware computer hardware Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg Darrell Stern and Bob Kaliban 1983
Software computer software Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Darrell Stern and Bob Kaliban 1983
Number Cruncher computerized statistics Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg Darrell Stern and Bob Kaliban 1984

Money Rock

Episode title Subject Music by[4] Lyrics by[4] Performed by[4] First aired[5]
Dollars and Sense interest and loans Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg Val Hawk and Bob Dorough 1994
Making $7.50 Once a Week budget Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg 1995
Where The Money Goes paying bills Rich Mendoza Rich Mendoza Jack Sheldon 1995
Tax Man Max taxes Stephen Flaherty Lynn Ahrens Patrick Quinn 1995
Walkin' On Wall Street stock exchange Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg 1996
This For That barter George R. Newall George R. Newall Bob Dorough 1996
Tyrannosaurus Debt budget deficit Tom Yohe Tom Yohe Bob Dorough and Bob Kaliban 1996
The Check's In The Mail using checks Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Luther Rix 1996

Earth Rock

Episode title Subject Music by Lyrics by Performed by First aired
Report from the North Pole Global Warming Bob Dorough George R. Newall Bob Dorough, Jack Sheldon, Bob Kaliban and Barry Call 2009
The Little Things We Do Energy conservation Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens, Jack Sheldon, Bob Dorough, Bob Kaliban, Val Hawk, Vicki Doney and Nancy Reed 2009
The Trash Can Band Recycling Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens, Luther Rix, Bob Dorough and Eric Weissberg 2009
You Oughta Be Savin' Water Water conservation Sean Altman and Barry Carl George R. Newall Barry Carl, Sean Altman, Elliott Kerman 2009
The Rainforest Rainforests Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Tituss Burgess 2009
Save the Ocean Oceans Sean Altman Sean Altman Sean Altman, Inna Dukach, Jon Spurney, Patti Rothberg, Barry Carl and Eric Booker 2009
FatCat Blue: The Clean Rivers Song Marine Debris Andy Brick Andy Brick Jack Sheldon, Bob Kaliban, Val Hawk, Vicki Doney and Nancy Reed 2009
A Tiny Urban Zoo Gardens George Stiles Anthony Drewe Barrett Foa, Shoshana Bean, and George Stiles 2009
The Energy Blues Energy conservation George R. Newall George R. Newall Jack Sheldon 1978
Solar Power to the People Solar energy Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens, Val Hawk, Vicki Doney and Nancy Reed 2009
Windy and the Windmills Wind power Bob Dorough George R. Newall Bob Dorough, Jack Sheldon, Val Hawk, Vicki Doney and Nancy Reed 2009
Don't Be a Carbon Sasquatch Carbon footprints Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough 2009

Tie-ins

Several tie-ins were released in 1996:

  • Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks, a tribute album featuring covers of Schoolhouse Rocks songs performed by alternative rock acts
  • Schoolhouse Rock! The Official Guide (ISBN 0-7868-8170-4), written by Tom Yohe and George Newall, and including synopses, lyrics, and production notes about each of the shorts created to date, except "The Weather Show," which was the subject of pending litigation and so could not be included.
  • The Schoolhouse Rock Songbook (Cherry Lane Music), containing sheet music for ten songs.

In addition to the above, Rhino Records also released Schoolhouse Rocks the Vote!: A Benefit for Rock the Vote, a tribute album containing covers and original songs in the style of Schoolhouse Rock, all with an electoral theme. It was released on August 18, 1998.

DVD releases

30th Anniversary DVD cover

On August 26, 2002 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released a 2-disc DVD featuring 51 of the 52 episodes (the only one missing being the presumed-lost Computer Rock segment) as well as many special features. The release coincided with the 30th anniversary of the show. An abbreviated VHS, featuring the "top 25" episodes plus "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College," was released at the same time.

In 2008, DVDs of individual Schoolhouse Rock series were released for classroom use. [6]

On September 23, 2008, the "Schoolhouse Rock-Election Collection" was released, including 14 songs about American history and the government and a "new to DVD" song.[7]

On March 31, 2009, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released "Schoolhouse Rock-Earth", including 11 newly written and animated songs.[8]

DVD name Ep # Release date Additional information
Schoolhouse Rock!- Special 30th Anniversary Edition 51 August 26, 2002
  • All 46 original episodes
  • Audio Commentary
  • "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College" Making Of
  • Long Lost Song "The Weather Show"
  • Top Ten Jukebox
  • Top 20 Countdown
  • "Earn Your Diploma" Trivia Game (plays "Presidential Minute" once you have earned your diploma)
  • Arrange-a-Song Puzzle
  • 4 Music Videos by Contemporary Artists
  • Emmy Awards Featurette
  • "Three is a Magic Number" Nike Commercial
  • "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College" in DTS 5.1 Surround
  • Three of the four Computer Rock segments
Schoolhouse Rock!-Election Collection 14 September 23, 2008
  • 10 America Rock songs, 1 Science Rock song, and 3 Money Rock songs
  • Bonus song: "Presidential Minute" (includes two endings)
  • Map of the United States
Schoolhouse Rock!-Earth[9] 13 March 31, 2009
  • 11 all-new songs about conservation
  • Bonus Song: "The Energy Blues"
  • Music video: "The Three Rs" by Mitchel Musso

See also

References

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Schoolhouse Rock! (1973-1986) is a series of 46 educational shorts featuring rock songs about schoolroom topics, including grammar, science, economics, history and politics. Originally conceived by David McCall in 1972, the shorts were broadcast on ABC television affiliates until 1986. They were then broadcast on occasion throughout the 1990s and part of the 2000s.

Contents

Grammar Rock

Unpack Your Adjectives

  • Got home from camping last spring.
    Saw people, places and things.
    We barely had arrived,
    Friends asked us to describe
    The people, places and every last thing.
    So we unpacked our adjectives.
  • Adjectives are often used to help us compare things,
    To say how thin, how fat, how short, how tall.
    Girls who are tall can get taller,
    Boys who are small can get smaller,
    Till one is the tallest
    And the other's the smallest of all.
  • He was a hairy bear,
    He was a scary bear.
    We made a hasty retreat from his lair,
    and described him with adjectives.

Conjunction Junction

  • Conjunction Junction, what's your function?
    Hooking up words and phrases and clauses.
    Conjunction Junction, how's that function?
    I got three favorite cars
    That get most of my job done.
    Conjunction Junction, what's their function?
    I got "and", "but", and "or",
    They'll get you pretty far.
  • "And":
    That's an additive, like "this and that".
    "But":
    That's sort of the opposite,
    "Not this but that".
    And then there's "or":
    O-R, when you have a choice like
    "This or that".
    "And", "but", and "or",
    Get you pretty far.

Interjections

  • When Reginald was home with flu, uh-huh-huh,
    The doctor knew just what to do-hoo.
    He cured the infection
    With one small injection
    While Reginald uttered some interjections..

    Hey! That smarts!
    Ouch! That hurts!
    Yow! That's not fair givin' a guy a shot down there!
  • Interjections (Hey!) show excitement (Yow!) or emotion (Ouch!).
    They're generally set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point,
    Or by a comma when the feeling's not as strong.
  • So when you're happy (Hurray!),
    or sad (Ahhh!),
    or frightened (EEK!),
    or mad (Rats!),
    or excited (Wow!),
    or glad (HEY!),
    an interjection stops the sentence right!
  • So when you're happy (Hurray!),
    or sad (Ahhh!),
    or frightened (EEK!),
    or mad (Rats!),
    or excited (Wow!),
    or glad (HEY!),
    an interjection stops the sentence right!

Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here!

  • Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, get your adverbs here.
    Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, got some adverbs here.
    Come on down to Lolly's, get the adverbs here!
    You're going to need
    If you write or read,
    Or even think about it.
  • Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, get your adverbs here.
    Got a lot of lolly, jolly adverbs here.
  • An adverb is a word
    that modifies a verb (sometimes a verb, sometimes)
    it modifies an adjective, or else another adverb

Verb: That's What's aHappanin

  • I get my thing in action (Verb!)
    To be, to sing, to feel, to live (Verb!)
    That's what's happenin'
    I put my heart in action (Verb!)
    To run, to go, to get, to give (Verb!)
    (You're what's happenin')

A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing

  • Well every person you can know,
    And every place that you can go,
    And anything that you can show,
    You know they're nouns.

    A noun's a special kind of word,
    It's any name you ever heard,
    I find it quite interesting,
    A noun's a person, place, or thing.

Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla

  • Now, I have a friend named Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla,
    And I could say that Rufus found a kangaroo
    That followed Rufus home
    And now that kangaroo belongs
    To Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla.

    Whew! I could say that, but I don't have to,
    'Cause I got pronouns,
    I can say, "HE found a kangaroo that followed HIM home and now IT is HIS"
  • You see, (uh) HE, HIM, and HIS are pronouns,
    Replacing the noun Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla,
    A very proper noun.
    And IT is a pronoun, replacing the noun, kangaroo! (How common!)
  • If she found a kangaroo I would say SHE found a kangaroo that followed HER home and now it is HERS, but I can't say that... 'cause she found an aardvark.
  • Now I could say that Rafaela Gabriella and Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla and Albert Andreas Armadillo found an aardvark, a kangaroo and a rhinoceros. And now that aardvark and that kangaroo and that rhinoceros belong respectfully to: Rafaela Gabriella Sarsaparilla and Rufus Xavier Sasparilla and Albert Andreas Armadillo. *whew!* Because of pronouns I can say, in this way: WE found THEM and THEY found US and now THEY are OURS and WE're so happy! Thank you Pronouns!

The Tale of Mr. Morton

  • This is the tale of Mister Morton
    Mister Morton is who?
    He is the subject of our tale
    and the predicate tells what Mister
    Morton must do.....
  • Mr. Morton was lonely
    Mr. Morton was
    Mr. Morton is the subject of the sentence
    And what the predicate says he does

Multiplication Rock

My Hero, Zero

  • My hero, Zero, such a funny little hero,
    But till you came along,
    We counted on our fingers and toes.
    Now you're here to stay
    And nobody really knows
    How wonderful you are.
    Why we could never reach a star,
    Without you, Zero, my hero,
    How wonderful you are.
  • What's so wonderful about a zero?
    It's nothing, isn't it?

    Sure, it represents nothing alone.

    But place a zero after 1
    And you've got yourself a 10.
    See how important that is?
    When you run out of digits,
    You can start all over again.
    See how convenient that is?

Elementary, My Dear

  • Elementary, my dear, two time two is four.
    Elementary, my dear, two time three is six.
    Elementary, my dear, two time four is eight.
    Elementary, my dear, two time five is ten.

    Two times one is two, of course.
    And it must occur to you,
    You get an even number
    Every time you multiply by two.
  • Two times ten is twenty, eleven twice is twenty-two,
    Double twelve that's twenty-four, thirteen twice is twenty-six,
    Fourteen twice is twenty-eight, fifteen twice is thirty, now you're buildin' up on thirty:
Sixteen twice is thirty-two, elementary.
Seventeen twice is thirty-four, elementary.
Eighteen twice is thirty-six, elementary.
Nineteen twice is thirty-eight, elementary.
Twenty twice is forty, and it must occur to you,
You can double any number, all you do is multiply by two...
  • Forty days and forty nights, didn't it rain, children...

Three is a Magic Number

  • Three is a magic number,
    Yes it is, it's a magic number.
    Somewhere in the ancient, mystic trinity
    You get three can't you see it's the magic number.
  • The past and the present and the future.
    Faith and Hope and Charity,
    The heart and the brain and the body
    Give you three as a magic number.
  • A man and a woman had a little baby.
    Yes they did, there were three in the family,
    And that's a magic number.

The Four-Legged Zoo

  • Now Miss Simpson said...
    She teaches school, you know -
    Yeah, she took us there.
    Well, Miss Simpson said -
    If we counted every head on these quadrupeds,
    Then multiplied that number by four,
    We'd know how many feet went through the door,
    If we turned 'em all loose.
    Oh no, don't do that!
    It's really a groovy zoo.
    But, anyway, what Miss Simpson said,
    It was a good chance to work on our fours in our head.
    One, two, three, four!

Ready or not, Here I Come!

  • Multiplying by five is a little like countin' by five. In fact, if you counted along on your fingers as you counted out loud by fives, your fingers would tell you how many fives, you've got.

I Got Six

  • I got six.
    That's all there is.
    Six time one is six, one times six.

    He got six.
    I put mine with his and we got twelve.
    Six time two is twelve, two times six.

Lucky Seven Sampson

  • Now you can call me Lucky, 'cause Lucky's my name.
    Singin' and dancin', that's my game.
    I never did a whole day's work in my life,
    Still everything seems to turn out right.
    Like a grasshopper on a summer's day,
    I just love to play,
    And pass the time away,
    'Cause I was born 'neath a lucky star.
    They said I'd go far.
  • Remember Lucky Seven Samson, that's my natural born name.
    If you should ask me again, I'd have to tell you the same.
    You'll wake up tomorrow, you'll be glad that I came
    'Cause you'll be singin one of the songs that I sang.
    So keep a happy outlook and be good to your friend,
    And maybe I'll pass this way again.
    Maybe!

Figure Eight

  • Figure eight as double four,
    Figure four as half of eight.
    If you skate, you would be great
    If you could make a figure eight.
    That's a circle that turns 'round upon itself.

Naughty Number Nine

  • Number nine will put you on the spot.
    Number nine will tie you up, oh, in a knot.
    When you're tryin',
    Multiplyin' by nine,
    You might give it everything you've got
    And still be stopped.
    If you don't know some secret way you can check on,
    You'll break your neck on
    Naughty number nine.
  • Now the first thing to keep in mind,
    When you're multiplyin' by nine
    Is that it's one less than ten.
    You see, nine is the same as ten minus one.
    So you could multiply your number by ten,
    And then subtract the number from the result,
    And you'd get the same product
    As if you'd multiplied by nine
    And you knew it.

The Good Eleven

  • Good, good, good, good, the good eleven, yeah
    It's almost as easy as multiplyin' by one.
    Good, good, good, good eleven. (Mmmm)
    Yes, eleven almost makes multiplication fun.
  • Some people get up at a quarter till seven,
    Other people lie abed till 8:45 or nine.
    But I'm happy just to hang in there till eleven,
    'Cause eleven has always been a friend of mine.

Little Twelvetoes

  • Now if man had been born with 6 fingers on each hand, he'd also have
    12 toes or so the theory goes. Well, with twelve digits, I mean
    fingers, he probably would have invented two more digits when he
    invented his number system. Then, if he saved the zero for the end,
    he could count and multiply by twelve just as easily as you and I do by ten.

America Rock

Elbow Room

  • One thing you will discover
    When you get next to one another
    Is everybody needs some elbow room, elbow room.
  • It's nice when your kinda cozy, but
    Not when your tangled nose to nosey, oh,
    Everybody needs some elbow, needs a little elbow room.
  • That's how it was in the early days of the U.S.A.
    The people kept a comin' to settle though
    The east was the only place there was to go.
  • The president was Thomas Jefferson.
    He made a deal with Napoleon.
    How'd you like to sell a mile or two, (or three or a hundred or a thousand?)
  • Oh, elbow room, elbow room,
    Got to, got to get us some elbow room.
    It's the west or bust,
    In God we trust.
    There's a new land out there...
    Louis and Clark volunteered to go,
    Good bye, good luck, wear your overcoat!
    They prepared for good times and for bad (and for bad),
    They hired Sacajawea to be their guide.
    She led them all across the countryside.

Fireworks

  • Ooh, there's gonna be fireworks (Fireworks!)
    On the Fourth of July (red, white, and blue!)
    Red, white, and blue fireworks
    Like diamonds in the sky. (diamonds in the sky!)
    We're gonna shoot the entire works on fireworks
    That really show, oh yeah,
    We declared our liberty two hundred years ago.
    Yeah!
  • In 1776 (fireworks!)
    There were fireworks too(red, white, and blue!)
    The original colonists,
    You know their tempers blew (They really blew!)
    Like Thomas Paine once wrote:
    It's only common sense(only common sense)
    That if a government don't give you your basic rights
    You'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, uh-huh-huh,
    The Declaration of Independence (Oh yeah!)
    In seventeen hundred seventy six (Right on!)
    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!

Great American Melting Pot

  • Lovely Lady Liberty
    With her book of recipes
    And the finest one she's got
    Is the great American melting pot.
    The great American melting pot.
  • You simply melt right in,
    It doesn't matter what your skin.
    It doesn't matter where you're from,
    Or your religion, you jump right in
    To the great American melting pot.
    The great American melting pot.
    Ooh, what a stew, red, white, and blue.

I'm Just a Bill

  • I'm just a bill.
    Yes, I'm only a bill.
    And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill.
    Well, it's a long, long journey
    To the capital city.
    It's a long, long wait
    While I'm sitting in committee,
    But I know I'll be a law someday
    At least I hope and pray that I will,
    But today I am still just a bill.

Mother Necessity

  • Mother Necessity
    With her good intentions,
    Where would this country be
    Without her inventions?
  • Orville, Wilbur, go outside this minute,
    and there continue with your silly playin'.
    Take those plans and take those blueprints!
    Take that funny lookin' thing
    Take that wheel, take that wing!
    I can't hear a thing that Mrs. Johnson's sayin'!
  • When Robert Fulton made the steamboat go,
    When Marconi gave us wireless radio,
    When Henry Ford cranked up his first automo,
    When Samuel Slater showed us how the factories go,
    And all the iron and oil and coal and steel and Yankee don't you know,
    They made this country really grow, grow, grow, grow,
    With Mother Necessity and where would we be
    Without the inventions of your progeny?

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.

Preamble

  • In 1787 I'm told
    Our founding fathers did agree
    To write a list of principles
    For keepin' people free.
  • The U.S.A. was just startin' out.
    A whole brand-new country.
    And so our people spelled it out
    The things that we should be.
  • In 1781 I'm Told
    Our founding fathers all sat down
    And wrote a list of principles
    That's known the world around.
  • The U.S.A was just startin' out.
    A whole brand-new country.
    And so our people spelled it out
    They wanted a land of liberty.

Shot Heard 'Round the World

  • Now, the ride of Paul Revere
    Set the nation on its ear,
    And the shot at Lexington heard 'round the world,
    When the British fired in the early dawn
    The War of Independence had begun,
    The die was cast, the rebel flag unfurled.
  • 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.!

Three Ring Government

  • Guess I got the idea right here at school.
    Felt like a fool when they called my name,
    Talkin' about the government and how it's arranged,
    Divided in three like a circus.
    Ring one, Executive,
    Two is Legislative, that's Congress.
    Ring three, Judiciary.
    See it's kind of like my circus, circus.

Sufferin' 'til Suffrage

  • Now you have heard of Women's Rights,
    And how we've tried to reach new heights.
    If we're "all created equal"...
    That's us too!

Science Rock

The Body Machine

  • I'm a machine, you're a machine
    Everybody that you know
    You know, they are machines.
    To keep your engine running you need energy
    For your high-powered, revved-up body machine.
    Your high-powered, revved-up body machine.

Do the Circulation

  • There's a great new craze that's sweeping the nation
    Come on, do the Circulation!
    It starts with your heart, what a great sensation,
    Yeah, come do it, circulate!
    Out through your arteries, in through your veins,
    Your heart pumps your blood then it does it again.
    Come on, everybody, get it on, everybody.
    Circulation!
    So come on, everybody, get it on, everybody.
    Circulation!

Electricity

  • When you're in the dark and you want to see,
    You need uh... Electricity, Electricity
    Flip that switch and what do you get?
    You get uh... Electricity, Electricity
    Every room can now be lit
    With just uh... Electricity, Electricity

The Energy Blues

  • Energy...
    Sometimes I think I'm runnin' out of energy
    Seems like we use an awful lot for
    Heatin' and lightin' and drivin'
    Readin' and writin' and jivin'
    Energy ... You'd think we'd be savin' it up.
  • Energy ... We're looking to try and find some new kinds.
    Energy ... Exploring to try and make a new find.
    Nuclear and thermal and solar,
    If we miss we'll get colder and colder.
    Energy ... We've gotta stop usin' you up.

Interplanet Janet

  • They say our solar system is centered 'round the sun,
    Nine planets, large and small, parading by.
    But somewhere out in space,
    There's another shining face
    That you might see some night up in the sky.
    Interplanet Janet, she's a galaxy girl,
    A solar system Ms. from a future world,
    She travels like a rocket with her comet team
    And there's never been a planet Janet hasn't seen,
    No, there's never been a planet Janet hasn't seen.

Telegraph Line

  • Hey, there's a telegraph line,
    You got yours and I got mine.
    It's called the nervous system,
    And everybody understands
    Those telegram commands
    And you know that everybody better listen!
  • The central nervous system
    Is the brain and the spine.
    The brain controls the system
    And the spine is the line.
    Telegrams come in
    To tell what's happening to you,
    Then telegrams go out
    To tell your body what to do

Them Not-So-Dry Bones

  • Minus bones you're just a blob,
    Being framework's their main job.
    All your organs, muscles, too,
    They need your bones to hold them safe and sound inside for you.
    Your heart and lungs are tucked away,
    In there behind your ribs.
    Those bones have been protecting them
    Since we were little kids.

A Victim of Gravity

  • Helpin' wash the dishes
    And I drop a cup.
    Why does everything fall down
    Instead of up?
    Ridin' up a hill I spill
    And hit the ground.
    Wish I could fall up instead of always falling down.
  • I'm a victim of gravity.
    Everything keeps fallin' down on me.
    No matter where I go
    That forces that I know,
    Just a pullin' me down, down, down, down, down.
    It's all around town now,
    It's like a magnet deep inside the ground.
    When I lift something up,
    I can feel it pulling down.

Money Rock

The Check's in the Mail

  • The check's in the mail
    The check is in the mail
    And it ought to be there Tuesday without fail
    If you have got a bill to pay
    Or something you need to buy
    Just write the check and send it off in the mail

Dollars and Sense

  • Gotta get me some dollars and sense,
    Dollars and sense;
    Them green-back bills with the pictures of the Presidents.

$7.50 Once a Week

  • Well there goes my allowance.
    I didn't plan ahead.
    I made some bad choices, and I compared prices too late.
    I guess I'll have to find a way to earn some more.
    But that shouldn't be too hard.
    Maybe I can do an extra household chore;
    Like wash the car,
    Or mop the floor,
    Or maybe help clean up the back yard.
  • I still get seven-fifty once a week.
    But now I learned some money management technique.
    And I can save enough
    To buy some real cool stuff.
    And I made my little fortune so to speak,
    On only seven-fifty, once a week.
    That's my allowance.
    Seven-fifty once a week.

Tax Man Max

  • Here's the song I'm doing, gonna fill in you all about tax.
    Tax is that familiar melody, sinful and true.
    Hum it if you've earned a dollar or two.
    Bucks in billions for the government for whatever they do.
    Anyone who earns a living gives more than a few.
    So schools can be their best, so our roads will have no cracks;
    Someone fix those train tracks!
    I'm even callin' you Uncle and I'm payin' my tax.

This For That

  • I'll give you this for that
    That for this
    We'll make a trade called "barter"
    I'll give you this for that
    That for this
    We'll have it made with barter
  • Today we use cash and spend with ardor
    But that doesn't mean we don't still barter
    When a football team needs a pulling guard
    Or a kid like you is into trading cards
  • Take this for that
    That for this
    Bills and coins are smarter
    But when you pay for that
    Remember this
    It all started out with barter

Tyrannosaurus Debt

  • There's something huge
    Red, white, and blue
    That's grazing in D.C.
    It's gobbling up the taxes
    That are paid by you and me
    It doesn't seem to notice
    We really can't afford
    The billions that it's costing us
    To pay its room and board
  • It doesn't roam
    But seems content
    To dwell on Capitol Hill
    As long as trucks keep pulling up
    With tons of green-back bills
    We've got to feed the big guy
    We really can't forget
    It has an awesome appetite
    Tyrannosaurus Debt.

Walkin' on the Wall Street

  • You gotta be cool
    When you're walkin' on Wall Street
    Like goin' to school
    You learn a lot every day
    And this is the rule
    When you're walkin' on Wall Street
    Buy low, sell high
    Take a piece of the pie
    That's the Wall Street way.

Where the Money Goes

  • We can stop buying groceries,
    But that might be a mistake;
    'Cause eating is a habit I'd be loath to try and break.
  • We can stop paying income tax,
    But they might send me to jail.
    And if we don't pay the mortgage,
    Then they'll take our house;
    Then where would we get our mail?
  • If not for all these bills and taxes,
    Our income would more than suffice.
    I feel like a real big cheese
    Until everybody takes a slice!

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