3rd Grade

3rd Graders continue building on music literacy concepts, music vocabulary, singing melodies and call and response songs, composing rhythms, and performance protocol. Students also expand on singing with clear diction and using different voices (head voice versus chest voice) while singing. Students will also work as individuals and together as an ensemble in playing instruments including the recorder and violin.

Here are the vocal pieces that 3rd graders are working on:

Rockstar by A Great Big World

There’s a girl in the backyard bangin’ on her drum
Sittin’ in a junk pile laughing at the sun
Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I just wanna be a rockstar.”

There’s a boy in the backseat singin’ to the song
Playin’ on the radio, knowing he’s the one
Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I just wanna be a rockstar.”

Singin’, “ah ha ha, I was born to be a rockstar!”

There’s a girl in the tree top looking at the stars
Waiting for a touchdown comin’ in from Mars
Thinkin’, “Is there anybody out there?”

There’s a boy thinking of her playin’ his guitar
Searching for the answer buried in his heart
Thinkin’, “Ah, ha ha, is there anybody out there?”

Singin’, “Ah, ha ha, is there anybody out there?”

If there’s a meaning can you show me a sign?
The more I look it just gets harder to find
The world is spinnin’ and I wanna know why

And we’re all getting older wishin’ we were young
Hangin’ on the memory of what we would become
Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I was born to be a rockstar.”

Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I just wanna be a rockstar.”
Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I was born to be a rockstar!”

If there’s a meaning can you show me a sign?
The more I look it just gets harder to find
The world is spinnin’ and I wanna know why

And maybe we will never figure it out
I got a feelin’ that’s what life’s all about
I’m learning anything is possible now

Take a ticket and get off the line [8x]
Singing, “Ah ha ha I just wanna be a rockstar.” [4x]

I Want You Back by Jackson 5

Uh-huh huh huhhh
Let me tell ya now
Uh-huh
(Mmhhmmm)When I had you to myself, I didn’t want you around
Those pretty faces always made you stand out in a crowd
But someone picked you from the bunch, one glance was all it took
Now it’s much too late for me to take a second lookOh baby, give me one more chance
(To show you that I love you)
Won’t you please let me back in your heart
Oh darlin’, I was blind to let you go
(Let you go, baby)
But now since I see you in his arms
(I want you back)
Yes I do now
(I want you back)
Ooh ooh baby
(I want you back)
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
(I want you back)
Na na na naTrying to live without your love is one long sleepless night
Let me show you, girl, that I know wrong from right
Every street you walk on, I leave tear stains on the ground
Following the girl I didn’t even want aroundLet me tell ya now
Oh baby, all I need is one more chance
(To show you that I love you)
Won’t you please let me back in your heart
Oh darlin’, I was blind to let you go
(Let you go, baby)
But now since I see you in his armsAll I want…
All I need…
All I want!
All I need!

Flashlight by Jessie J

When tomorrow comes
I’ll be on my own
Feeling frightened of
The things that I don’t know
When tomorrow comes
Tomorrow comes
Tomorrow comesAnd though the road is long
I look up to the sky
And in the dark I found, lost hope that I won’t fly
And I sing along, I sing along, and I sing alongI got all I need when I got you and I
I look around me, and see a sweet life
I’m stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
Kick start my heart when you shine it in my eyes
Can’t lie, it’s a sweet life
Stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
‘Cause you’re my flashlight (flashlight)
You’re my flashlight (flashlight), you’re my flashlightOohI see the shadows long beneath the mountain top
I’m not afraid when the rain won’t stop
‘Cause you light the way
You light the way,
You light the wayI got all I need when I got you and I
I look around me, and see a sweet life
I’m stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
Kick start my heart when you shine it in my eyes
Can’t lie, it’s a sweet life
Stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
(Light, light, light, you’re my flashlight)
Light, light, you’re my flashlight
Light, light, light, light, light, oh
(Light light light you’re my flashlight)
You’re my flash, ohI got all I need when I got you and I
I look around me, and see a sweet life
I’m stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
Kick start my heart when you shine it in my eyes
Can’t lie, it’s a sweet life
Stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
(You’re my flashlight)
You’re getting me, getting me through the night
‘Cause you’re my flashlight
‘Cause you’re my flashlight
You’re my flashlightOoh ooh
Ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooh oh ohYou’re my flashlight
Light, light
You’re my flashlight
Light light ye-yeah(Light light light
You’re my flashlight
Light light)You’re my flashlight

Neon Lights (to the song by Demi Lovato)

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Verse
Be still, my heart ’cause you’re here right now, you’re here right now,
right now
Shining like stars ’cause you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful, right now
You’re all I see in all these places
You’re all I see in all these faces
So let’s glow in the dark and spark the lights, the lights

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Hook
Neon lights
Neon lights
Neon lights
Like neon lights, oh
Like neon lights, oh

Verse
Be still, my heart ’cause you’re here right now, you’re here right now, right now
Shining like stars ’cause you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful, right now
You’re all I see in all these places
You’re all I see in all these faces
So let’s glow in the dark and spark the lights, the lights

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Hook
Neon lights
Neon lights
Neon lights
Like neon lights, oh
Like neon lights, oh

Verse*
Be still, my heart ’cause you’re here right now, you’re here right now, right now
Shining like stars ’cause you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful, right now
You’re all I see in all these places
You’re all I see in all these faces

Outro
Like neon lights, oh
Like neon lights, oh
Be still, my heart ’cause you’re here right now

Stars by Pentatonix

Behind the Scenes of Stars 

1st Verse
Searching for change and opportunity
If you believe in what you wanna see
One day your pain will be your blessing
In every fall’s a lesson
Face the insecurity

1st Bridge
Cause everyone feels it, knows it
Tries not to show it
Search for the lion inside yourself
The universe is here to own
Let your place in the world
Be a place you can go

Chorus
We’re all made of stars
We’re all made of dreams
Just use your spirit and heart
You can go where you want, do what you like
Be who you wanna be

2nd Verse
We give it away with nothing left to lose
Got the strongest heart but still the skin can bruise
Only the climb will get you higher
Defeat will make a fighter
Stare into the face of the truth

2nd Bridge
Cause everyone hears it, fears it
Never goes near it
Search for the lion inside yourself
The universe is here to own
Let your place in the world
Be a place you can go

Chorus

3rd Verse
Courage can shelter your heart and mind
From the pain and the misery, that’s where I wanna be
We’re not stopping or wasting time
This is how it was meant to be, a life of discovery

3rd Bridge
I regret every single day I
Waited for the world to be mine
Look to the sky we’re reaching
Higher than high
Mile after mile

Chorus

Chorus

Outro
Be what you wanna be (be what you wanna be)
Be…

Shooting Star by Owl City

1st Verse
Close your tired eyes, relax and then
Count from 1 to 10 and open them
All these heavy thoughts will try to weigh you down
But not this time
Way up in the air, you’re finally free
And you can stay up there right next to me
All this gravity will try to pull you down
But not this time

Chorus
When the sun goes down and the lights burn out
Then it’s time for you to shine
Brighter than a shooting star
So shine no matter where you are
Fill the darkest night with a brilliant light
‘Cause it’s time for you to shine
Brighter than a shooting star
So shine no matter where you are tonight

Hook
Woah-oh, woah-oh, woah-oh
Brighter than a shooting star
Shine no matter where you are tonight

2nd Verse
Gaze into my eyes when the fire starts
And fan the flames so hot it melts our hearts
Oh, the pouring rain will try to put it out
But not this time
Let your colors burn and brightly burst
Into a million sparks that all disperse
And illuminate a world that’ll try to bring you down
But not this time

Chorus

Hook

Bridge
A thousand heartbeats beat in time
It makes this dark planet come alive
So when the lights flicker out tonight
You gotta shine

Chorus


2014-2015

Just Stand Up

Intro
Everything will be alright yeah
Alright yeah, Alright yeah

1st Verse
The heart is stronger than you think
Like it could go through anything
And even when you think it can’t
It finds a way to still push on though
Sometimes you want to run away
Ain’t got the patience for the pain
And if you don’t believe it look into your heart
The beat goes on 

Bridge
I’m telling you
Things get better
Through Whatever
If you fall,
Dust it off,
Don’t let up 

Don’t you know you can go be your own miracle
You need to know!

Chorus
If the mind keeps thinking you’ve had enough
But the heart keeps telling you don’t give up
We know that at New Bridges and in life we will show DRIVE
Don’t give up, through it all, just stand up 

2nd Verse
Ooh, it’s like we all had better days
Problems getting all up in your face
Just because you go through it
Don’t mean it got to take control, no oh oh
You ain’t got to find no hiding place
Because the heart can beat the hate
Don’t want to let the mind keep playing you
And saying you can’t go on 

Bridge
I’m telling you
Things get better
Through Whatever
If you fall,
Dust it off,
Don’t let up 

Don’t you know you can go be your own miracle
You need to know!

Chorus
If the mind keeps thinking you’ve had enough
But the heart keeps telling you don’t give up
We know that at New Bridges and in life we will show DRIVE
Don’t give up, through it all, just stand up 

Through it all just stand up

Hook
You don’t need to give up, just take your time
If you fall, dust it off
You can live your life
Yeah
Let your heart be your guide
Yeah yeah yeah
You will know there’s a good if you trust the good
Everything will be alright, yeah 

Light up the dark, if you follow your heart
And it will get better
Through whatever

Chorus
If the mind keeps thinking you’ve had enough
But the heart keeps telling you don’t give up
We know that at New Bridges and in life we will show DRIVE
Don’t give up, through it all, just stand up 

Outro
You got it in you, find it within
You got it in you, find it within yeah
You got it in you, find it within
You got it in you, find it within yeah
You got it in you, find it within
You got it in you, find it within yeah

Find it within you, find it within
Through it all, just stand up

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Hall of Fame (to the tune of “Hall of Fame” by The Script)

1st Verse
Yeah, I can be the greatest
I can be the best
I can be the King Kong banging on my chest
I can beat the world
I can beat the cold
I can beat the odds let the journey unfold
I can throw my hands up
I can beat the clock (yeah)
I can move a mountain
I can break rocks
I can be a master
Don’t wait for luck
Dedicate myself and I’m gon’ find myself

Chorus
Standing in the hall of fame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know my name (yeah)
‘Cause I burn with the brightest flame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know my name (yeah)
And I’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

2nd Verse
We can go the distance
We can run the miles
We can walk through each day with a smile
We can be the heroes
We can get the gold
Breaking all the records they thought never could be broke
Yeah, do it for our people
Do it for our pride
Never gonna know if we never even try
Do it for our country
Do it for our names
‘Cause there’s gonna be a day… when we’re

Chorus
Standing in the hall of fame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know my name (yeah)
‘Cause I burn with the brightest flame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know my name (yeah)
And I’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

Be a champion, be a champion, be a champion, be a champion

Hook
Be students
Be teachers
Be politicians
Be preachers
Be believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be champions
Be truth seekers

Hook
Be students
Be teachers
Be politicians
Be preachers
Be believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be champions

Chorus
Standing in the hall of fame (yeah, yeah, yeah)
And the world’s gonna know my name (yeah, yeah, yeah)
‘Cause I burn with the brightest flame (yeah, yeah, yeah)
And the world’s gonna know my name (yeah, yeah, yeah)
And I’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

(Be a champion)
We can be the greatest
(Be a champion)
We can be the best
(Be a champion)
We can be the King Kong banging on our chest
(Be a champion)
We can beat the world
(Be a champion)
We can beat the cold
(Be a champion)
We can beat the odds let the journey unfold
(Be a champion)
We can throw our hands up
(Be a champion)
We can beat the clock (yeah)
(Be a champion)
We can move a mountain
(Be a champion)
We can break rocks
(Be a champion)
We can be masters
(Be a champion)
Don’t wait for luck
(Be a champion)
Dedicate ourselves and we gon’ find ourselves
(Be a champion)
Standing in the hall of fame

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Check out Instrument Resources to see what 3rd Graders are learning on the violin!

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In preparation for our interactive performance trip to Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, check out Carnegie Hall Link Up – The Orchestra Moves curriculum!

Repertoire for Carnegie Hall
*Come to Play (Thomas Cabaniss)
“Can-Can” (Jacques Offenbach)
*The Blue Danube (Johann Strauss, Jr.)
*A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61 – Nocturne (Felix Mendelssohn)
Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
*”Toreador” from Carmen (Georges Bizet)
Symphony No. 5 – 1st Movement (Ludwig van Beethoven)
*Away I Fly (Thomas Cabaniss)
*Cidade Maravilhosa (Andrea Filho (arr. Thomas Cabaniss))

*Performance Pieces

Come to Play (as part of Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Program)
Check out the video of “Come to Play” courtesy of Carnegie Hall.
Look at the visual music score of “Come to Play.”

Winds blow
Trumpets sounding
Strings sing
Drummers p p p p p p pounding
Drummers p p p p p p pounding

Come to play, Join sound with sound
Come to sing we’ll shake the ground with song
Come to play, Join sound with sound
Come to sing we’ll shake the ground with song with song

What do you do with time?
Make it groove, make it move, make it rhyme

What do you do with song?
Make it sing, make it ring, make it strong, make it long

What do you do with sound?
Make it cry, make it fly, make it gleam, make it your dream

Winds blow
Trumpets sounding
Strings sing
Drummers p p p p p p pounding
Drummers p p p p p p pounding

Winds blow
Trumpets sounding
Strings sing
Drummers p p p p p p pounding
Drummers p p p p p p pounding

Winds blow
Trumpets sounding
Strings sing
Drummers p p p p p p pounding
Drummers p p p p p p pounding
Shake the ground with song!

The Blue Danube (by Johann Strauss, Jr.)

A beautiful stream so clear and blue
A beautiful dream of me and you
The stars seem to float above the sky
With us as we go they fly so high
We’re up in the air, up in the air
As high as we dare, high as we dare
We’ll never come down, we will stay
Until night becomes the day

(Interlude)

A beautiful stream so clear and blue
A beautiful dream of me and you
The stars seem to float above the sky
With us as we go they fly so high
We’re up in the air, up in the air
As high as we dare, high as we dare
We’ll never come down, we will stay
Until night becomes the day
Ba-dum-dum

Away I Fly  (as part of Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Program)

“Get up, get up, get up,”
I hear faintly but I fall back
Back to sleep, back to sleep!

I dream once again that I know how to fly
I dream once again I am over the ocean
I dream once again I’m a bird in the sky
But now I am falling
I’m spinning around
I hear someone say, “Get up!”
But I’m still sleeping
I’m still down.

(Choreography – Click here to watch!)

“Come down, come down, come down,”
I hear faintly but I stay here on my branch
On my branch
I dream once again I’m a kid on the ground
Running and jumping and not caring where I go
Tumbling and laughing, the world’s filled with sound
But now I am rising I’m floating up high
I hear someone say, “Come down!”
Away, away, away I fly!

Cidade Maravilhosa (Andre Filho – arr. Thomas Cabaniss)
(Italics = Pronounciation)

Cidade maravilhosa
See-dah-jee mah-rah-vee-lyoh-suh
Chei-a deen-can-tos mil
Shay-ah jeein kantoos meyoo
Cidade maravilhosa
See-dah-jee mah-rah-vee-lyoh-suh
Co-ra-cao do meu Brasil
Ko-ra-sowhn doo mayoo brah-seeoo

Cidade maravilhosa
See-dah-jee mah-rah-vee-lyoh-suh
Chei-a deen-can-tos mil
Shay-ah jeein kantoos meyoo
Cidade maravilhosa
See-dah-jee mah-rah-vee-lyoh-suh
Co-ra-cao do meu Brasil
Ko-ra-sowhn doo mayoo brah-seeoo

Portuguese to English Translation:
Beautiful city
Full of a thousand delights
Beautiful city
Heart of my city Brazil

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If you are part of this year’s Disney Musicals in Schools program at New Bridges, please click here to download the music for Aladdin to practice at home. (You need a computer to download the music).


We celebrated Ludwig van Beethoven’s 245th Birthday on the night of the Winter Arts Festival and 4th graders performed his famous piece, “Ode to Joy”! 

Watch these videos about Beethoven’s life:

Help Beethoven’s unfortunate journey to the symphony hall by arranging his masterpieces in time for the big crescendo!

Play this game in order to help Beethoven’s journey!


“Freedom” (Lyrics rewritten by Ms. Alice)

1st Verse
Tryna rain, tryna rain on the thunder
Tell the storm I’m new
I’ma walk, I’ma march on the regular
Painting white flags blue
Please forgive me, I’ve been running
Running blind in truth
I’ma rain, I’ma rain on this bitter love
Tell the sweet I’m new
Bridge
I’m telling these tears, “Go and fall away, fall away”
May the last one burn into flames
Chorus
Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move
Freedom, cut me loose!
Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
Cause I need freedom too!
I break chains all by myself
Won’t let my freedom rot away
Hey! I’ma keep running
Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves
2nd Verse
I’ma wade, I’ma wave through the waters
Tell the tide, “Don’t move”
I’ma riot, I’ma riot through your borders
Call me bulletproof
Please forgive me, I’ve been runnin’
Runnin’ blind in truth
I’ma wade, I’ma wave through your shallow love
Tell the deep I’m new
Bridge
I’m telling these tears, “Go and fall away, fall away”
May the last one burn into flames
Chorus
Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move
Freedom, cut me loose!
Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
Cause I need freedom too!
I break chains all by myself
Won’t let my freedom rot away
Hey! I’ma keep running
Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves
Rap
Everyday, I meditate for practice
Channel 9 news tell me I’m movin’ backwards
Eight blocks left, death is around the corner
Seven misleadin’ statements ’bout my persona
Six headlights wavin’ in my direction
Five-O askin’ me what’s in my possession
Yeah, I keep runnin’, jump in the aqueducts
Fire hydrants and hazardous
Smoke alarms on the back of us
But mama, don’t cry for me, ride for me
Try for me, live for me
Breathe for me, sing for me
Honestly guidin’ me
I could be more than I gotta be
Stole from me, lied to me, nation hypocrisy
Code on me, drive on me
Wicked, my spirit inspired me
Like yeah, open correctional gates in higher desert
Yeah, open our mind as we cast away oppression
Yeah, open the streets and watch our beliefs
And when they carve my name inside the concrete
I hope it forever reads

Chorus
Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move
Freedom, cut me loose!
Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
Cause I need freedom too!
I break chains all by myself
Won’t let my freedom rot away
Hey! I’ma keep running
Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves


“Powerful” (from Empire)

1st Verse
People been talking about it
We won’t just stand here in silence
Can’t stop the fire from rising rising, Ooh, ooh

2nd Verse
People don’t you be afraid
So many innocents slain
This is an era for change, Change

1st Bridge
And Malcolm’s probably turning in his grave
Every shade was beautifully made

Chorus
And powerful, There’s so much strength in you and me
Powerful, A breath away from victory
I matter, you matter, we matter all
I matter, you matter, we matter all
Powerful, Powerful

3rd Verse
I see a colorful future
Where skin don’t define any human
And stars are the only thing shooting
Shooting, Ooh, ooh

4th Verse
Mothers who bury their child
How can we sit there and hide
Change comes when all take a stand now
Stand up, Stand up

2nd Bridge
Martin’s speech still echoes in my brain
Every shade was beautifully made

Chorus
And powerful, There’s so much strength in you and me
Powerful, A breath away from victory
I matter, you matter, we matter all
I matter, you matter, we matter all
Powerful, Powerful

Interlude
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Chorus
And powerful, There’s so much strength in you and me
Powerful, A breath away from victory
I matter, you matter, we matter all
I matter, you matter, we matter all
Powerful, Powerful


The Greatest

1st Verse
Uh-oh, running out of breath, but I
Oh, I, I got stamina
Uh-oh, running now, I close my eyes
Well, oh, I got stamina
And uh-oh, I see another mountain to climb
But I, I, I got stamina
Uh-oh, I need another lover, be mine
Cause I, I, I got stamina

Bridge
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no

Chorus
I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive
I’m free to be the greatest here tonight, the greatest
The greatest, the greatest alive
The greatest, the greatest alive

2nd Verse
Well, uh-oh, running out of breath, but I
Oh, I, I got stamina
Uh-oh, running now, I close my eyes
But, oh, I got stamina
And oh yeah, running to the waves below
But I, I got stamina
And oh yeah, I’m running and I’ve just enough
And uh-oh, I got stamina

Bridge
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no

Chorus
I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive
I’m free to be the greatest here tonight, the greatest
The greatest, the greatest alive
The greatest, the greatest alive

Hook
Oh-oh, I got stamina
Oh-oh, I got stamina
Oh-oh, I got stamina
Oh-oh, I got stamina

Rap
Hey, I am the truth
Hey, I am the wisdom of the fallen
I’m the youth
Hey, I am the greatest
Hey, this is the proof
Hey, I work hard, play hard, pay dues, hey
I transform with pressure
I’m hands-on with effort
I fell twice before my bounce back was special
Letdowns will get you,
And the critics will test you
But the strong will survive,
Another scar may bless you, ah

Bridge
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no

Chorus
I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive
I’m free to be the greatest here tonight, the greatest
The greatest, the greatest alive
The greatest, the greatest alive

Outro
The greatest, the greatest alive (4x)


Glory

Chorus
One day when the glory comes
It will be ours, it will be ours
One day when the war is won
We will be sure, we will be sure
Oh glory (Glory, glory)
Oh (Glory, glory)

Verse
Hands to the skies, no man, no weapon
Formed against, yes glory is destined
Every day women and men become legends
Things that go against our skin become blessings
The movement is a rhythm to us
Freedom is like religion to us
Justice is juxtapositionin’ us
Justice for all just ain’t specific enough
One son died, his spirit remembered by’ us
Truant livin’ livin’ in us, resistance is us
That’s why Rosa sat on the bus
That’s why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up
When it go down we woman and man up
They say, “Stay down”, and we stand up
Shots, we on the ground, the camera panned up
King pointed to the mountain top and we ran up

Chorus
One day when the glory comes
It will be ours, it will be ours
One day when the war is won
We will be sure, we will be sure
Oh glory (Glory, glory)
Oh (Glory, glory)

2nd Verse
Now the war is not over, victory isn’t won
And we’ll fight on to the finish, then when it’s all done
We’ll cry glory (glory), oh glory (glory)
Oh (Glory, glory)
We’ll cry glory (glory), oh glory (glory)
Oh (Glory, glory)

Verse
Hands to the skies, no man, no weapon
Formed against, yes glory is destined
Every day women and men become legends
Things that go against our skin become blessings
The movement is a rhythm to us
Freedom is like religion to us
Justice is juxtapositionin’ us
Justice for all just ain’t specific enough
One son died, his spirit remembered by’ us
Truant livin’ livin’ in us, resistance is us
That’s why Rosa sat on the bus
That’s why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up
When it go down we woman and man up
They say, “Stay down”, and we stand up
Shots, we on the ground, the camera panned up
King pointed to the mountain top and we ran up

Chorus
One day when the glory comes
It will be ours, it will be ours
One day when the war is won
We will be sure, we will be sure
Oh glory (Glory, glory)
Oh (Glory, glory)


Change

1st Verse
When I was young I would look in the mirror
Didn’t know it then but now it couldn’t be clearer
That I remember being filled with such wonder
Before learnin’ that the world can be harsher

2nd Verse
Who you love or the color of your skin
Or the place that you were born and grew up in
Shouldn’t decide how you will be treated
Cause we’re all the same when everybody’s breathing

Chorus
Waiting for a change to set us free
Waiting for the day when you can be you and I can be me
Waiting for hope to come around
Waiting for the day when hate is lost and love is found
Waiting for a change
Waiting for a change
(Change, change)

3rd Verse
For all the brave and the souls who went before us
Stand tall, be proud and lift your voices
Let ’em know who we are and our choices
And one day we won’t have to sing this chorus

Chorus*
Waiting for a change to set us free
Waiting for the day when you can be you and I can be me
Waiting for hope to come around
Waiting for the day when hate is lost and love is found
Waiting for a change
Waiting for a change
(Change, change)
Hold on
Waiting for a change
(Change, change)

Outro
When I was young I would look in the mirror
Didn’t see it then but now it couldn’t be clearer


My Shot (Rise Up Remix)
Originally by The Roots featuring Busta Rhymes, Rewritten by Alice Tsui

Intro
Woah, woah, woah, woah, woah, woah, woah

1st Verse
Ayo mugshots, gun shots, dope shots, jump shot
Take your pick, but you only get one shot
Advice from a schoolteacher to a young tot
Applyin’ a sticker to his Spiderman lunchbox
When even role models tell us we’re born to be felons
We’re never gettin’ into Harvard or Carnegie Mellon
And we gon’ end up either robbin’ somebody or killin’
It’s not fair that’s all they can tell us
That’s why you hustle hella hard, never celebrate a holiday
That’ll be the day I coulda finally hit the lottery
I refuse to ever lose or throw my shot away
Or chalk it up as just another one that got away
So I’m unapologetic, I’m on my calesthenics
If I have given it all I got I cannot regret it
My point of destination’s different from where I was headed
‘Cause I’ma shoot for the stars to get it
One shot

Chorus
I said I’m not throwin’ away my shot
I said I’m not throwin’ away my shot
Yo I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwin’ away my shot
I said I’m not throwin’ away my shot
No I’m not throwin’ away my shot
Yo I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwin’ away my shot

2nd Verse
When opportunity knock, you don’t send anyone to get it
Answer the door, welcome it, let it in or regret it
They said if you can’t beat ’em then join ’em
I said, “Forget it”
‘Cause once you join ’em you’re buildin’ a ceilin’ the way you’re headed
Be American, express how you feel and take the credit
Don’t settle for 87, go premium unleaded and
Take off, shake all the hate off, it’s over
It’s they loss, the payoff’s their weight off your shoulders
Must admit, I’m feelin’, I’m kind of um
Lighter as a writer with this fire and desire to go higher
Than a stealth fighter pilot with my eye on every prize
I surprise you guys, I’m a prize fighter
My nine to five describe, your scribe survive minor
Setbacks and take steps back from pied pipers
Be leaders, believers in yourself and mean it
I mean you only get one shot, take it or leave it

Chorus
I said I’m not throwin’ away my shot
I said I’m not throwin’ away my shot
Yo I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwin’ away my shot
I said I’m not throwin’ away my shot
No I’m not throwin’ away my shot
Yo I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwin’ away my shot

Hook
Rise up
If you livin’ on your knees, you rise up
Tell your brother that he’s gotta rise up
Tell your sister that she’s gotta rise up
When are folks like me and you gonna rise up?
Every city, every hood, we need to rise up
All my soldiers, what’s good? We need to rise up
We ain’t got no other choice, we need to rise up
Rise up!

Chorus
I said I’m not throwin’ away my shot
I said I’m not throwin’ away my shot
Yo I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwin’ away my shot
I said I’m not throwin’ away my shot
No I’m not throwin’ away my shot
Yo I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwin’ away my shot


Remember the Name – Originally by Fort Minor, Rewritten by Alice Tsui

Intro (ALL)
You ready?! Let’s go!
Yeah, for those of you that wanna know what we’re all about
It’s like this y’all (c’mon)

Chorus (ALL)
This is ten percent luck, Twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, Fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name

1st Verse (Girls rap, Boys choreography)
They call us third graders slick
And he’s spittin’ fire with ice
Got him out the dryer, he’s hot
Found him in Crown Heights, ‘round the block
Had his failures right in the spotlight
He’s been down and about
The type of person recognizing only flaws, and filled with doubt
Eight years in the makin’, patiently waitin’ to grow
Now the record with us all, takin’ over the globe
He’s got a partner in crime, we all are equally dope
You won’t believe the illest lines that come out of this kid’s throat

2nd Verse (Boys rap, Girls choreography)
Hey, she’s not your everyday on the block
She knows how to work with what she’s got
Makin’ her way to the top
She often gets a comment on her name
People keep askin’ her, “Was it given at birth
Or does it stand for an acronym?”
No, she’s livin’ proof, got her rockin’ the booth
She’ll spit these rhymes out quicker than a cheetah on the loose
Us third graders are known around as one of the best
Dedicated to what we doin’, give a hundred percent

3rd Verse (ALL)
Now let’s go
Nobody really knows how or why we work so hard
It seems like we never got time
Because we write every note and we write every line
And you’ve seen us at work when that light goes on in our minds
It’s like a design is written in our heads every time
Before we even touch a key or speak in a rhyme
And those haters we coexist with, wanna mess with our minds,
Ridiculous, without even trying, how do we do it?

Chorus (ALL)

1st Verse (Girls rap, Boys choreography)

2nd Verse (Boys rap, Girls choreography)

3rd Verse (ALL)

Chorus (ALL) (2x)


This Day’s for Us

We’re here to shine
So let’s get ready for a brand new day.
Our hearts and minds
Focused and ready, we’re on our way.
We’re all here together
Hear our voices together
We’ll shine bright together
A new day together
For you and me, and all of us.
This day’s for you and me, and all of us.
This day’s for us.

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