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Samples of Character Education Song Lyrics

Respect Island | The Ballad Of Percy Patience | Cooperation Train | Rock Respect! | Shine Your Light | Actions Speak! | My Best Friend (R-E-S-P-E-C-T)

Respect Island

On our island, when someone says "hi"
I don't look down I look them in the eye.
I give them my smile, "Hi! How are you?"
So they know I'm happy to see them too.

RESPECT ISLAND, is a place of honesty.
Where I'm respecting you, and you're respecting me.
It's an island of smiles. It's sunny and fun.
Where there's caring and sharing
Enough for everyone, RESPECT ISLAND, RESPECT ISLAND
(last time fade-out)

On our island we choose our words.
What I say can make your day.
It's up to me to make that choice.
I show respect. I use my voice! (chorus)

We show respect everywhere
in everything we do.
Out in our community, at home and school.
Respect Island, Respect Island

On our island we show we care.
By listening, sharing and being there.
Your feelings matter 'cause you're important too.
I show respect in everything I do

Music Notes

The Ballad Of Percy Patience

There once was a 'poke named Percy
Wanted everything his way
He wanted things now
Wanted everything today
Hey I'm first! It's my turn!
Give me that! It's mine!
But no one else would play with him
He was lonesome all the time
(one finger point to floor)

Hey Percy, you got to be patient
Use good manners every day
Things don't always happen when you want
You don't always get your way
When you're patient and you're caring
It all comes back to you
So try a little patience
In everything you do
Percy Patience YAHOO
("a" fist - pull down across lips)
("k" in both hands - right over left - rock back and forth)

But Percy didn't listen
He just didn't want to change
People thought that he was grouchy
People thought that he was strange
He tried real hard in other ways
Even tried to lend a hand
But people still ignored him
He just didn't understand
(extend right hand out)

Hey Percy, you got to be patient
Use good manners every day
Things don't always happen when you want
You don't always get your way
When you're patient and you're caring
It all comes back to you
So try a little patience
In everything you do
Percy Patience YAHOO
(same as before)

One day it all came down to this
He was sick of being sad
He said, "Okay, I'll change my ways"
I'm tired of feeling bad

So he decided to do things differently
He gave patience one big try
He waited his turn every day
He was nice like you and I
Now he's patient and he's caring
His friends depend on him
And they call him Percy Patience
They want to be his friend.
(same as before)

"New" Chorus
Now Percy says, "I gotta to be patient
Things don't always happen my way
Things don't always happen when I want
Right here, right now, today.
When I'm patient and I'm caring
It all comes back to
me
I'll just try a little patience
Then I'll wait and see."
Percy Patience - THAT'S ME!!!!

Music Notes

Cooperation Train

Cooperation train is coming through
Care for me and I'll care for you
Cooperation train is coming through
Share with me and I'll share with you_ Chugga - Chugga

One day I was sitting all alone
I was feeling sad_ I was missing my home
My friends got together they were calling my name,
"Come on, jump aboard, 'cuz we're makin' a train, (Choo - Choo!)

The train was long___ about a mile
From engine to caboose was one big smile
all the cars were happy and kind
Friendship train leaves no one behind (Choo - Choo!)

So if your feeling lonely_ or feeling sad
Come on with us_ we'll turn your sad to glad
Cooperation train is comin' your way
With lots of hugs and smiles every day! (Choo - Choo!)

Chugga - chugga, choo - choo
Chugga - chugga, choo - choo
Chugga - chugga, choo - choo

Music Notes

Rock Respect!

One day I saw you all alone
I said, "Hey, come on, Let's play!"
You offered me some ice cream
You really made my day

We're rockin' out respect
Following the Golden Rule
Rockin' out Respect
'Cuz we know Respect is cool
Me and You!

One day I saw you trying hard
So I said Hey! Way to go!
I remembered when you were kind to me
When I was feeling low

One day I saw you feeling sad
I said, "Hey I'm here for you."
Remember that time when I was mad.
You really helped me through

We're kind. We're considerate.
We cooperate.
We appreciate our friendship.
We're helpful. We behave.

We're rockin' out respect
Following the Golden Rule
Rockin' out Respect
'Cuz we know Respect is cool
Me and You!
R. E. S. P. E. C. T. !

Music Notes

Shine Your Light

The kids were playing kickball
I was sitting on the side
Ben said, come on and play
It (really) made my day
Sportsmanship surrounds us
Each and every day
Empathy and kindness
And fairness is our way

Chorus
Your light will shine much brighter
When it shines on another
Although we try to win
We still care about each other
Shine Your Light on Another
Shine Your Light on Your Brother

Time for the school play
Although I didn't get the lead
I still felt I gave my best
I tried hard, honestly
Sportsmanship surrounds us
Each and every day
Empathy and kindness
And fairness is our way (chorus)

Sportsmanship means character
Kindness, honesty, leadership and friendship
Responsibility. Cooperation gets us there
Perseverance pulls us through
Let's try to bring humility
Into everything we do.. Shine Your Light on Another
Shine Your Light on Your Brother

Sean said something mean
It made Brittany feel real bad
But then he said I'm sorry
I was feeling really mad
Sportsmanship surrounds us
Each and every day
Empathy and kindness, And fairness is our way

Music Notes

Actions Speak!

Walk the walk, I show respect
By how I'm treating you
I don't make fun, I'm showing love
I'm spreading peace, I'm like the dove

Chorus
It's up to me
It's my responsibility
It's OK to talk the talk
But actions speak, so walk the walk

I walk the walk, I show I care
I'm showing some compassion
If times are tough, I'll help you through
I'm your friend I'm here for you

I walk the walk, I'm trustworthy
I'm honest and I'm fair
Sportsmanship is my way
My actions speak, every day

So walk the walk every day
Spread you kindness round
When you lead by example you will see
Your words will say, but your actions speak

Music Notes

My Best Friend (R-E-S-P-E-C-T)

I'll tell you 'bout my best friend
Has this monster deep inside
This monster says my friend is bad
But really, he just lies
But my friend just ignores him
When this monster says bad things
No, my friend doesn't feed him
Then, my friend starts to sing…

R - The most important rule
Respecting me and you
E - I'm eating healthy food
Yeah I'm important, too
S - Stranger_ danger
It says it's OK
P - Not to be polite
Just turn and run away
E - I have my self esteem
It means I'm proud of me
C - caring means I'm sharing
T - talk don't disagree

Chorus
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
That's what I think of me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Yeah, my best friend is me!
Yeah, my best friend is me!

I'm boss of my body
No just go tell!
If I'm not feeling comfortable
No! Is what I yell
I use the buddy system
I never walk alone
I'm travelin' with my pals
Yeah, I stay close to home
(chorus)
Bridge
I take care of me
My best friend is me!
I'll be kind and use my mind
My best friend is me!
My best friend is me!
Yeah, My best friend is me!

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