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Here are the lyrics for all thirteen songs from
The Six Pillars of Charactersm
video series.


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THEME SONG: POPCORN PARK
Written by Rita Abrams
©Copyright 2003 Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc.
All rights are reserved.

ALL: Being a kid can be fun
Or it can be a nuisance
BURNA: Let me put in my two cents--
Sometimes your friends can be a pain
GROARK: Don't mind her--
MUGSY: She just likes to complain
ALL: But there's a place where we all love to be
And we belong--
NEW KID: even ME!!
ALL TO VIEWER: And we think YOU will love it too
In POPCORN PARK!
In POPCORN PARK!
NUBBS SPEAKS: It's a great place to play!
In POPCORN PARK!
BURNA SPEAKS: And WE make it that way
ALL: That's right!
ESSIE: You care about me, I care about you
NUBBS: We know we'll be fair in whatever we do!
ENDING:
ALL:We have a real good time
NUBBS SPEAKS: Pop in!
ALL: And you will find
We do our part with all our heart in Popcorn Park
ALL SPEAK: So on your mark! Let the good times start!
(SING) IN POPCORN PARK!

 

TRUSTWORTHINESS - SONG #1
A FUNNY FUNNY FEELING IN MY BONES

Written by Rita Abrams
©Copyright 2003 Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc.
All rights are reserved.

(Sung by All)

FIRST VERSE: GROARK:
Oh has there ever been a thing that you have wanted so much
But it is not really yours to have, to hold, and to touch
If you start getting sneaky thoughts of how to make it your own
You get a funny, funny feelin' in your bones!
SECOND VERSE:
NUBBS: When someone gives you something fabulous that blows you away
ESSIE: And you find out he kinda sorta never bothered to pay
GROARK: Do you just grab it and hang onto it or leave it alone?
ALL EXCEPT MUGSY: You get a funny, funny feelin' in your bones!
BRIDGE:
MUGSY: Look at this thing I got! (SPEAK): It's AWESOME!
(SING):I ask you dude, am I cool or what?
BURNA (SPEAKS) :Aw, man, gimme a break, Mugsy! Don't be a fool!
Like, even I know stealing doesn't make you cool!THIRD VERSE: ESSIE: (SPEAK): So Groark!
(SING): As your friend let me remind you what you seem to forget--
GROARK: What's that?
ESSIE: Taking something stolen will not get you respect
OTHERS SPEAK: Yeah!
(NUBBS SINGS) It'll make you like a thief and you'll end up all alone
GROARK: I got a funny, funny feelin' in my--
ALL OTHERS EXCEPT MUGSY: Icky, sicky feelin' in my
GROARK & ALL EXCEPT MUGSY: Funny, funny feelin' in my bones!
MUGSY: (SPEAKS BOASTFULLY, HOLDING UP SPACE STATION):
I'm the MAN!!!

 

TRUSTWORTHINESS SONG #2
TELLING THE TRUTH AND DOING WHAT'S RIGHT

Written by Rita Abrams
©Copyright 2003 Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc.
All rights are reserved.

(Sung by Groark and Mugsy)

GROARK: Hey Mugsy--What do you say?
We're gonna take a little trip today
It'll be easy when we're side by side
To be tellin' the truth, and doin' what's right
MUGSY: Hey, Groarky--Life can get crazy
And sometimes my conscience gets a little lazy
GROARK: Well, here's a way to help you sleep at night
BOTH: Keep tellin' the truth, and doin' what's right!
BRIDGE:
MUGSY: I thought the way to make you like me
Was just to give you something fine
GROARK: I thought that since you stole it FOR me
I could just pretend that it was MINE, MINE, MINE!
MUGSY: So Groark, as my friend you get A plus plus
GROARK: And if you can't trust your friends, well, who can you trust?
MUGSY: A whole lotta bad stuff will fade out of sight
If you keep tellin' the--
GROARK: TRUTH! And doin' what's--
MUGSY: RIGHTTAG:
BOTH: Life 'll be more easy breezy
When we're not doing somethin' sleazy
Our future's looking bright
'Cause we'll be--tellin' the truth, and doin' what's right! Bye Bye!

 

RESPECT SONG #1
POOR ME

Written by Rita Abrams
©Copyright 2003 Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc.
All rights are reserved.

(Sung by Burna--and whole group)

BURNA: One minute they're here--the next they're not
Some fickle friends are all I've got
Well now I know--and thanks a lot! Poor me!
I cracked some jokes, my pals got weird
And one by one, they disappeared
Next thing I knew no one was here--but Poor me!
BRIDGE #1:
What did I do? Why can't they see
SPEAK: I was just kidding! Just being ME!
SING: But now I know--I finally learned
That being Burna--You get burned!
So now I'm out--I've been replaced
And I can't even show my face
And this old world's a lonely place! Poor me!
BRIDGE #2:
OTHERS: Well she might call it "poking fun"--
GROARK: But she's insulted EVERYONE!
MUGSY: SPEAK: So GUESS WHAT--Now we're on the run
ALL: And Burna is the lonely one
BURNA: So that's my tale--and now I'm wise
NUBBS: The tale--as seen through BURNA'S eyes!
BURNA AND OTHERS: Sometimes it's hard to face reality!
BURNA: Oh woe--Its sure does not feel good
To be so darn misunderstood
Some day those so-called friends are gonna see
How wrong they were about poor me!
OTHERS SPEAK: Oh gee!

 

RESPECT SONG #2
WHEN YOU RESPECT ME AND I RESPECT YOU

Written by Rita Abrams
©Copyright 2003 Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc.
All rights are reserved.

(Sung by whole group)

ESSIE : SOLO: Hey, hey, come along
I want to sing you a simple song
About how we can make life better everyday
NUBBS: Hey, hey, let me tell
How easy it can be to treat each other well
And simple things that we can do along the way
CHORUS:
When you accept me, and I accept you
We'll have a friendship that's real and true
So many good feelings are gonna come through
When you respect me and I respect you
MUGSY: Hey, hey, now you know
That showing people kindness is the way to go
Even when their ways are different and new
BURNA: Hey, don't you put'em down
However you may treat 'em will come back around
And how you act will boom-boom-boomerang back to you
CHORUS:
When you accept me, and I accept you
We'll have a friendship that's real and true
So many good feelings are gonna come through
When you respect me and I respect you
When you respect me and I respect you

 

RESPONSIBILITY SONG #1
A CLOSE ONE

Written by Rita Abrams
©Copyright 2003 Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc.
All rights are reserved.

(Sung by Groark, Mugsy and Burna)

GROARK: Whew! That was a close one! Phew! What a relief!
She'll blame it on Mugsy Instead of on me
I did the damage, but if I don't tell
They'll blame it on somebody else
MUGSY: Whew! That was a close one! She knows it's my fault
So I'll just keep hiding (SPEAK) And NEVER come out!
I just can't face her all by myself
I wish I were somebody else
BRIDGE:
BURNA: Where is that Mugsy?! How could he do it?!
He promised to help me
GROARK & MUGSY: Maybe I blew it
GROARK: If I don't tell them I'll get off free
But I wouldn't be acting responsibly
MUGSY: She asked for my help and I let her down
BURNA: WHERE is that ir-re-sponsible clown?!
MUGSY: Should I just face her?
GROARK: Should I just tell?
BOTH: I wish I were somebody else!

 

RESPONSIBILITY SONG #2
RE-RE-RE-RE-RESPONSIBLE

Written by Rita Abrams
©Copyright 2003 Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc.
All rights are reserved.

(Sung by Groark, Mugsy, and Burna)

GROARK: When you say that you'll do something--And you do it
MUGSY: When you promise someone something--and stick to it
BURNA: When you start to do a job, and you follow through it
You are RE-RE-RE-RE-RESPONSIBLE
ALL: It might not be easy--
BURNA: Things can come up that you'd rather do instead
But just let me sum up
MUGSY: You should try to keep your head, and make sure you're one of
ALL: The most RE-RE-RE-RE-RESPONSIBLE
BRIDGE:
MUGSY: If you ask a favor, and I say "No problem!"
I just better not forget!
GROARK: But if I make a mistake, and let YOU take the blame
ALL: That's even more irresponsible yet!
ALL: If you want to be somebody to depend on
If you want to be somebody worth befriending
There's a word that's gonna give you a happy ending
BURNA: And it's RE- MUGSY: RE- GROARK: RE- BURNA: RE-
ALL: RESPONSIBLE!
MUSICAL TAG, THEN ALL EXCLAIM: You can count on us!!

 

FAIRNESS SONG #1
HOW CAN I KNOW WHAT'S FAIR?

Written by Rita Abrams
©Copyright 2003 Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc.
All rights are reserved.

(Sung by Essie, with Burna and Mugs)y

ESSIE: All of my life I thought I knew--
Deep in my heart--the fair thing to do
It seemed so simple--so easy to choose
But that was then--Now I'm confused
BRIDGE 1:
Where do I start? Where do I begin?
Whatever my choice--I'm afraid I can't win
Oh which way to go? Oh how can I know what's fair?
INSTRUMENTAL BREAK DURING WHICH ESSIE SPEAKS LYRICS:
(Music) Up until now - it was so clear
(Music) I don't know how -I ended up here
(Music) I feel so shakey - and quakey inside
(Music) Oh woe is me. - How shall I decide?
BRIDGE 2:
Can I come through? I don't know if I can
The fate of these two lies here in my hands
It TORTURES me so--Oh how can I know what's fair?
ESSIE: IT TORTURES ME SO
BURNA & MUGSY: HOW CAN SHE KNOW (ADD ESSIE) WHAT'S FAIR?!

 

FAIRNESS SONG #2
FAIR PLAY

Written by Rita Abrams
©Copyright 2003 Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc.
All rights are reserved.

(Sung by Burna and Mugsy, with Essie)

BURNA & MUGSY: You're lookin' at two folks who almost blew it
Two folks, why did we do it?
MUGSY: I hurt her, she hurt me
BOTH: We hurt each other needlessly
We were unfair as we could be!
BRIDGE:
BOTH: But then we both woke up and saw the light
And knew right then and there
The only way to make it right
Was learn how to play fair
CHORUS:
FAIR PLAY means to play by the rules
We won't be fools again
ESSIE: You finally learned
You've got to take turns, my friends
BOTH: FAIR PLAY
BURNA: Gonna open my mind
MUGSY: and you will find it's true
BOTH: That if you listen to me
I'm gonna listen to you
MUGSY: And I won't blame you for what I do
BURNA: And I won't take advantage of you
BOTH: Yes she/he and I have found out why
We're better off this way
'Cause we like playing fair
ALL THREE: And we like FAIR PLAY | FAIR PLAY Hooray!!!

 

CARING SONG #1
CONFUSED ABOUT CARING

Written by Rita Abrams
©Copyright 2003 Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc.
All rights are reserved.

(Sung by Burna,, with Chorus of Others)

What makes them think they're so caring?
What makes them think I'm so--not?
Who says that I should be sharing
More--than I think I've got?
What's the big deal about giving?
Just how giving can I be--
When I'm so busy just living
And caring for itty bitty ME?!
BRIDGE:
ALL: Burna, you're selfish
You should be ashamed
BURNA SPEAKS: I care for others!
MUGSY SPEAKS: She cares---about her game!
BURNA: Oh go on with all of your caring
And all of your self-sacrifice
I'd think it would get a bit wearing
Bein' so blinkin' nicey-nice!
GROARK: You oughta TRY it
BURNA: And I'll just go on in my own way
Caring--but still having fun
While you go on caring your lives away
I'll be caring--OTHERS (SARCASTICALLY): She'll be caring!
BURNA (DEFIANTLY): I'll be caring--for Number One!
GROARK That's our Burna! MUGSY: Ya gotta love 'er!

 

CARING SONG #2
KIDS WHO CARE

Written by Rita Abrams
©Copyright 2003 Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc.
All rights are reserved.

(Sung by All)

VERSE 1:
BURNA: When you come across somebody who could use a hand
And you know you've got a hand to give
NUBBS:: When you see that being someone who can understand
Is a much better way to live
CHORUS:
BOTH: And you want to be kind, and you want to be good
And when somebody needs you, you're there
When you give of yourself to help somebody else
Then it makes you a kid who cares
VERSE 2:
ESSIE: In this world where we are living there's a lot to do
And a lot of choices you can make
NUBBS & GROARK: But when somebody is needing help and you come through
It is worth the time that it can take
CHORUS:
ALL: 'Cause you want to be kind, and you want to be good
And when somebody needs you, you're there
When you give of yourself to help somebody else
Then it makes you a kid who cares
BRIDGE:
NUBBS: And did you know that when you give and help someone through
ESSIE: What you are giving somehow will be a gift to you too
VERSE 3:
ALL: And no matter where you some from in this great big world
There is one thing that is always true
When we care for each other and give what we can
It's the best thing that we can do
CHORUS:
ALL: 'Cause we want to be kind, and we want to be good
And when somebody needs us, we're there
When we give of ourselves to help somebody else
It's because we are kids who care
It's because we are kids who care

 

CITIZENSHIP SONG #1
WHY SHOULD I CARE?

Written by Rita Abrams
©Copyright 2003 Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc.
All rights are reserved.

(Sung by Nubbs, with Group)

NUBBS: Maybe they're right--Maybe I'm wrong
Maybe this job just can't be done
I wanted to do something that's good
But all on my own I don't know if I could
Maybe their help is too much to ask
Maybe it's just too big of a task
But deep down inside I hear a voice say
If you keep on, you will find the way
Why should I care?
All I can say is, I do
BRIDGE:
OTHERS: You're just a kid Nubbs
What can you do?
Why try to change things?
It's too much for you
NUBBS: If I had their help, we could go far
We could do so much with who we are
Why should I care?
All I can say is, I do
And I still have a dream
That someday my friends will care too!

 

CITIZENSHIP SONG #2
WE DID IT!

Written by Rita Abrams
©Copyright Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc.
All rights are reserved.

(Sung by All)

We did it! We did it!
Those three little words
We did it! We did it!
We're changing our world
It wasn't always easy
It wasn't always fast
But we put our heads together and we did it at last! (CHEERS)
We did it! We did it!
NUBBS: I knew that we would
ALL: We did it! We did it!
NUBBS: And wow it feels good!
ALL: We stuck out all out necks
We made up all our minds
That we never would give up until we did it this time
BURNA: And there was someone who helped us do it
GROARK: He had a vision and he stuck to it
ESSIE: He added life to this world that we know
ALL: And that's when we knew he was a hero
We did it! We did it!
Made our dream come true
We did it! We did it!
And you all can too
'Cause once you make your mind up
And once you make a plan
Just remember that if anyone can do it you can!
Yes if anyone can do it we all can!
(SHOUT) WE DID IT! (CHEERS)

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