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Lyrics

PROFILES OF CONNECTICUT

 

PROFILES OF CONNECTICUT

Songs written and recorded by Bill Pere

 

Connecticut's A Cut Above the Rest   Words and Music by Pill Bere

 

It's great to be connected to Connecticut

Connecticut's a cut above the rest

Hartford to New Haven,  eastern border to the west, 

Connecticut USA, Connecticut USA is just the best...

 

It's got meadows laced with rivers  from the mountains where they start,

It's got people who are givers, who have vision, who have heart,

It's got music it's got theater,  it's got every form of art...

It's just a great place!

 

It's great to be connected to Connecticut

Connecticut's a cut above the rest

Hartford to New Haven,  eastern border to the west,

Connecticut USA, Connecticut USA is just the best...

 

Centuries of scenery where history abounds

In the sagas of its cities, the story of its towns

Using ships and plows and dreams to build a glory that astounds,

It's just a great place!

 

It's great to be connected to Connecticut

Connecticut's a cut above the rest

Hartford to New Haven,  eastern border to the west,

Connecticut USA, Connecticut USA is just the best...

 

Copyright Bill Pere,  KidThink Music All Rights Reserved

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One Life to Give     words and music by Bill Pere

 

Nathan Hale, young hale and hardy,

We all recall the part he played in our nation's narrative...

It's a tale we can't forget  of a brave young lad with one regret

As our nation fought to live,  He had just One Life to Give...

 

Young Nathan Hale had outstanding years at Yale

A bright scholar, all the world within his reach...

He began to teach

When  he heard the call of freedom in his heart

Not afraid of facing dangers, became a Captain in the Rangers

This lad was patriotic in a world that was chaotic

But always he was there to do his part...  (Repeat Refrain)

 

His life had just begun, he was only twenty-one

George Washington had called for volunteers,

The call fell on deaf ears

They needed someone to get secret information

Young Nathan said he would, He understood

The cause of freedom had enraptured him,

Then the British captured him

He lives on in the memory of our nation... (Repeat Refrain)    

 

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Connecticut Compromise      Words and Music by Bill Pere

(Roger Sherman's Eyes)

 

Virginia says "My way!", New Jersey says "My way!"

Constitutions at an impasse as the states all play,

The big states have more people, the small states say "We're equal!".

Up stood a simple cobbler, he began to speak,

To see the argument arise through Roger Sherman's eyes

He saw that what was needed was a compromise

The idea then arose and Connecticut proposed

A way to represent the people as the nation grows...

 

Oh, Connecticut Compromise

Combine both points of view, Have not one House, but two,

And America is glad for the insight that he had

He was determined, he  was wise,

We thank Roger Sherman's eyes...

 

Now in the Senate, every state is equal in debate

No matter what their census all have equal weight

In the House, the big states' voice is louder in each choice

They have more representatives with hands to hoist...

 

Oh, Connecticut Compromise

Combine both points of view, Have not one House, but two,

And America is glad for the insight that he had

He was determined, he  was wise,

We thank Roger Sherman's eyes...

 

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Impresario   Words and Music by Bill Pere

 

     P.T. Barnum could confound 'em with his yarn-a-minute spiel,

     Show you things that you could see and touch but somehow were not real...

     American Museum, Three Ring circus Oh,

     He was America's first and greatest impresario!

 

Town of Bridgeport, nineteenth century time,

Phineas T. Barnum was making the headlines

The voice of Jenny Lind, the General Tom Thumb,

He'd set up the events  and watch the crowds of people come

 

     P.T. Barnum could confound 'em with his yarn-a-minute spiel,

     Show you things that you could see and touch but somehow were not real...

     American Museum, Three Ring circus Oh,

     He was America's first and greatest impresario!

 

Mr. Barnum's blustery ballyhoo was incessant and was loud,

His silver-tongued hyperbole  sure could fool a crowd

With mermaids, centenarians, a great white elephant,

But the fun the people had made being fooled irrelevant...

 

     P.T. Barnum could confound 'em with his yarn-a-minute spiel,

     Show you things that you could see and touch but somehow were not real...

     American Museum, Three Ring circus Oh,

     He was America's first and greatest impresario!

 

Copyright Bill Pere,  KidThink Music All Rights Reserved

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We All Rely on Ely                 Words and Music by Bill Pere

 

 

Eli Whitney was a bright young man who saw things in new ways

He invented tools that give us things that we use every day

He went to school at Yale, was determined not to fail

Eli needs no introduction; He developed mass production

We all rely on things he did invent...

 

            He gave us more than we could have gotten out of cotton

            If he'd forgotten how to look at it a brand new way

            And it's a fact that he's the father of the modern factory,

            We all rely on Eli...

 

At  the age of twelve he made himself a violin

Later as a young man he made a cotton gin

With rapid speed, remove the fiber from the seed

Set up shop in old New Haven, with the time that he was savin'

He was thinking of new places no one went...

 

            He gave us more than we could have gotten out of cotton

            If he'd forgotten how to look at it a brand new way

            And it's a fact that he's the father of the modern factory,

            We all rely on Eli.

 

The government had asked him to make five hundred guns

Up till then, people had to make them one by one

He invented a new way to make a hundred in a day

New kinds of factory tools, he was nobody's fool,

He knew what mass production really meant...

 

            He gave us more than we could have gotten out of cotton

            If he'd forgotten how to look at it a brand new way

            And it's a fact that he's the father of the modern factory,

            We all rely on Eli...

 

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A Man Behind the Legend    Words and Music by Bill Pere

 

There's a man behind the legend,  a heart inside the man

John Mason, facing challenges of life in a new land

A vision in those steel-blue eyes of a place where people stand

Side by side in freedom, and in friendship, hand in hand...

 

Connecticut's own major

Wrote a page or two of history

Founded a town or two or three

Up there on the list would be

Windsor, Saybrook Norwich

The towns for which he's known...

Connecticut's own major

 

There's a man behind the legend,  a heart inside the man

John Mason, facing challenges of life in a new land

A vision in those steel-blue eyes of a place where people stand

Side by side in freedom, and in friendship, hand in hand...

..

His life entwined  with others

Became blood brothers with a well known chief

Leader of the proud Mohegan nation

For the next two generations

Their friendship served to forge a peace

And helped to tame these lands unknown...

Connecticut's own major

 

There's a man behind the legend,  a heart inside the man

John Mason, facing challenges of life in a new land

A vision in those steel-blue eyes of a place where people stand

Side by side in freedom, and in friendship, hand in hand...

 

Forthright and respected

The pioneers expected

He'd be their first governor, he declined

Like the windswept shores that face the sea

On the isle that bears his name,

He faced forward as the winds of change had blown...

Connecticut's own major

 

There's a man behind the legend,  a heart inside the man

John Mason, facing challenges of life in a new land

A vision in those steel-blue eyes of a place where people stand

Side by side in freedom, and in friendship, hand in hand...

 

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Heart of the Storm    Words and Music by Bill Pere

 

The ship sails  away in the sunset, 

Like a mirage in the sand

Children stare at the horizon

Your loved ones take heart from the strength

In that last lingering squeeze of your hand  

 

  You're the thunder and lightning,

  You're the heart of  the storm

  Standing tall with pride and conviction

  We'll keep you in our hearts,

  We'll keep the home fires warm

  And pray to God above,

  Keep you safe through the night,

  As you fight to build a world that's filled with love...

 

Each day, we think of your faces

You know how much we wish you were home

Let our love be an oasis

Till the pathways of peace bring you back

We're with you, you're never  alone

 

  You're the thunder and lightning,

  You're the heart of  the storm

  Standing tall with pride and conviction

  We'll keep you in our hearts,

  We'll keep the home fires warm

  And pray to God above,

  Keep you safe through the night,

  As you fight to build a world that's filled with love...

 

We've read all your letters

We've been touched by the thoughts they reveal   

The pride, the fears, the courage,  the tears

The desert dunes, ever changing

Can't change the way that we feel

 

  You're the thunder and lightning,

  You're the heart of  the storm

  Standing tall with pride and conviction

  We'll keep you in our hearts,

  We'll keep the home fires warm

  And pray to God above,

  Keep you safe through the night,

  As you fight to build a world that's filled with love...

 

 

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USS Connecticut   Words and Music by Bill Pere and Tom Callinan

(The Ships That Bear Our Name)

 

(Refrain)

                     Connecticut salutes you as you slip beneath the foam

                     Our name and hearts go with you until you're safely home

                     In this land of steady habits, some things stay the same

                     The pride of folks who build and sail  the ships that bear our name

               

                     The Klaxon sounds, all hands stand at the ready

                     The conning tower glides beneath the waves

                     The solitary sentinel descends into the brine

                     Submerging for the next hundred days

                     Her periscope peers above the surface

                     Her sonar sounds the song  and paints an underwater chart

                     Celebration of Nutmeg State technology

                     U.S.S Connecticut, State of the art...

 

                     Connecticut salutes you as you slip beneath the foam

                     Our name and hearts go with you until you're safely home

                     In this land of steady habits, some things stay the same

                     The pride of folks who build and sail  the ships that bear our name

 

                     Her mission blends vision with tradition

                     From the four preceding ships who've shared her name

                     The pride runs deep in folks who built her

                     And in the Constitution State from whence she came

                     Bridging days of Revolutionary glory,

                     From Civil War  to West Indies Privateers

                     From the Great White Fleet and into the next century

                     She runs swift and silent,  deep, and without peer

 

                     Connecticut salutes you as you slip beneath the foam

                     Our name and hearts go with you until you're safely home

                     In this land of steady habits, some things stay the same

                     The pride of folks who build and sail  the ships that bear our name

                   

                     Her hand-picked crew was chosen for the task

                     With inner strength and well-honed high-tech skill

                     Together they have learned to work as one

                     They've trained to fight but pray they never will

                     For thirty years below the seven seas

                     U.S.S. Connecticut will circumnavigate

                     Defending our nation and our citizens abroad

                     Bringing honor to her home port and our state

 

                     Connecticut salutes you as you slip beneath the foam

                     Our name and hearts go with you until you're safely home

                     In this land of steady habits, some things stay the same

                     The pride of folks who build and sail  the ships that bear our name

 

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