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Bored Schoolgirl


Song 22       History Lesson

Original song written by Leon Rosselson
and used with his kind permission.
Singer (acapella): Dayna Lynn

History lesson, it's time to remember,
Time to remember the deeds of the great.
Please pay attention, don't let your minds wander,
Daydreams and playtime can wait.

Black the minnows that swarm in the water,
White the butterfly flits in the sun,
Red the blossom and pink the magnolia,
History lesson's begun.

Joan of Arc ended up as a cinder,
Henry VIII did for two of his wives.
Wish I could dive in the pond where the ducks are
Having the time of their lives.

Red the blood on the axe of the headsman,
Black the stake and the bodies that burn,
White the face of the priest and the hangman.
These are the facts you must learn.

Pitt paid a packet to patch out an empire,
Drake bowled the Spaniards out the first ball.
Just want to lie in the sun by the water
Down where the rushes grow tall.

Red the lines of Wellington's army,
White the ensign where Nelson held sway,
Crimson the cavalry Marlborough commanded.
History's heroes are they.

Which scrap of paper began the big bundle?
Which umbrella brought peace in our time?
Questions and answers dissolve in the sunshine,
Wait for the school bell to chime.

Green the gas as it gutters the trenches,
Black the smell of the smoke from a gun,
White the pain of a bombshell exploding.
History lesson's begun.

History lesson, please try to remember,
Try to remember the deeds of the great.
Theirs was the power, the glory, the honour,
They were the chosen of fate.

Black the minnows that swarm in the water,
White the butterfly flits in the sun,
Red the blossom and pink the magnolia.
History lesson is done.



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