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Come and take a walk with me thru this green and growing land.
Walk thru the meadows and the mountains and the sand
Walk thru the valleys and the rivers and the plains
Walk thru the sun and walk thru the rain

Cho.
Here is a land full of power and glory
Beauty that words cannot recall.
Oh her power shall rest on the strength of her freedom,
Her glory shall rest on us all.

From Colorado, Kansas, and the Carolinas too.
Virginia and Alaska, from the old to the new
Texas and Ohio and the California shore
Tell me, who could ask for more? (Cho.)

Yet she's only as rich as the poorest of her poor
Only as free as the padlocked prison door
Only as strong as our love for this land
Only as tall as we stand. (Cho.)

But our land is still troubled by men who have to hate
They twist away our freedom & they twist away our fate
Fear is their weapon and treason is their cry
We can stop them if we try. (Cho.)

 
 
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What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine?
I learned that Washington never told a lie.
I learned that soldiers seldom die.
I learned that everybody's free.
And that's what the teacher said to me.
That's what I learned in school today.  That's what I learned in school.

What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine?
I learned that policemen are my friends.
I learned that justice never ends.
I learned that murderers die for their crimes.
Even if we make a mistake sometimes.
That's what I learned in school today.  That's what I learned in school.

What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine?
I learned our government must be strong.
It's always right and never wrong.
Our leaders are the finest men.
And we elect 'em again and again.
That's what I learned in school today.  That's what I learned in school.

What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine?
I learned that war is not so bad.
I learned of the great ones we have had.
We fought in Germany and in France.
And some day I might get my chance.
That's what I learned in school today.  That's what I learned in school.

 
 
_Christmas shoppers shoppin' on a neon city street;
Another Christmas dollar  for another Christmas treat.
There's satin on the pretty dolls which make the children glow,
While a boy is walkin' ragged in the cold Kentucky snow.

Cho.
No, they don't have Christmas in Kentucky.
There's no holly on a West Virginia door;
For the trees don't twinkle when you're hungry,
And the jingle bells don't jingle when you're poor.

Electric toys and plastic men are workin' oh so fine
But there's no work or the miners when machines move in the mines.
In the dark hills of Kentucky there's one gift that may  be found
It's the cold dust of forgotten days that's lyin' on the ground. (Cho.)

Let's drink a toast to Congress and a toast to Santa Claus
There's no Santa in the  chimney when there are no minin' laws.
And back in old Kentucky they're all goin' for a ride
On a Christmas sled that's fallin' down a jobless mountainside. (Cho.)

Have a merry merry  Christmas and a happy new  year's day.
For now's a time of plenty and plenty's here to stay.
But if you knew what Christmas was I think that you would find
That Christ is spending Christmas in the cold Kentucky mines.  (Cho.)
 
 
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