It's History!

Track Number: 
7

Local and family histories are full of colorful characters and happenings. It's enlightening to interview elders and collect their stories. This song was written to be used as part of oral history projects at Edmeston Central School in Edmeston, New York and St. Lawrence O'Toole in Brewster, New York. When the students performed it they gave it the feeling of a show tune, complete with hand gestures and choreography.

Lyrics: 

Words and Music copyright John Farrell, 1998 

Who? What? Where? How? Why? and When? 
Who? What? Where? How? Why? and When? 
It's your story, it's my story, it's our story, 
It's History! 
Who? What? Where? How? Why? and When? 

Who were the first to settle on this land? 
Why did they choose to make their homes 
right here? 
When did they arrive? How did they survive? 
What can we see today that tells us they were 
here? 

Who were the ones that helped to build this 
town? 
What were the hopes and dreams that 
brought them here? 
Where did they work and play? How did they celebrate? 
What can we see today that tells us they were here? 

Who were the ones who found fortune or fame? 
Why is it that we still recall their names? 
How did they serve and lead? What are their legacies? 
What can we see today that tells us they were here? 

What was it like to be alive back then? 
What brought joy and sadness to their lives? 
Let's see what we can find as we hold the hands of time 
And drift back through the years to yesterday