What If Kids Could Vote? The song

Categories: Exploring Family LIfe,Pedagogy,The Big Idea

October 27, 2015

The song is finished.  I wrote it on the eve of the Canadian election and performed it at Centennial School in Kingston, ON where I was starting an artist-in-residence program.  I was working with 3 classrooms of Grade 5s and 6s (and a few Grade 4s).

The students had just had their ‘mock’ vote after studying the local political scene here in Kingston so the song was timely …

 

What if Kids Could Vote?  

© Gary Rasberry   October 2015

What if kids could vote? All around the world

Every boy and every girl—all around the world

All around the world

 

What if kids could vote? Starting today

What if kids could vote and truly have our say?

If we asked them to tell us how we really feel

If we asked them to tell us what is really real

 

How our world would start to change

If we let the children rearrange

All the rules we’ve put in place

For the ways we run the human race

 

What if kids could vote? All around the world

World leaders please take note—all around the world

All around the world

 

There’d be nobody living on the street.

Everybody gets enough to eat

You can feel the feeling all around the world

It’s time to rewrite history

With a future free of poverty

You can feel the feeling all around the world

 

Imagine all the people—that’s what John would say

Imagine all the people living for today

All around the world

 

A hope that lights our days and nights

For a world that honours human rights

You can feel the feeling all around the world

 

Everybody gets to feel some love.

The sea below the stars above

No more hate and no more fear

The whole thing becomes crystal clear

You can feel the feeling all around the world

Everybody has a voice

Everybody has a choice

You can feel the feeling all around the world

 

What if kids could vote—all around the world

World leaders please take note—all around the world

Grab your hat and grab your coat!—all around the world

 

All around the world.

All around the world

All around the world

Here’s a video of the song James Greatrex recorded on my living room couch:

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