Children's Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
Few people have done as much for the world as Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). Although he was always proud to call himself a printer, Franklin was also a diplomat, a scientist, an inventor, a philosopher, an educator, an author, and a public servant.
In Europe, Benjamin Franklin was the most famous American of his time. It was he who persuaded the English to repeal the hated Stamp Act. It was also he who convinced the French to aid in the American Revolution. Franklin helped draft both the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution.
He was born in Boston but he left that scene.
Ran away to Philadelphia at seventeen.
He made candles, delivered papers, but then
None of this was challenging enough for Ben.
He taught swimming. He was thrifty. Loved to read.
Became the Postmaster General, indeed.
He was a jack-of-all-trades and a master of most.
The center of attention from coast-to-coast.
He wanted freedom for all including black and white.
Signed The Constitution 'cause it was right.
He invented a stove. He was a diplomat.
He published Poor Richard's Almanac and this 'n' that.
A printer and a writer and a scientist,
A poet, inventor and feminist.
He built the first library, and the first street light,
And we all know 'bout the time when he flew that kite.
He was quick with his words -- could think on his feet.
He said, "Eat to live, don't live to eat."
"Early to bed and early to rise,
Makes a body healthy, wealthy, and wise."
He learned a lot of languages and spoke them well.
The Europeans loved him. They thought he was swell.
He had a violin, guitar and a harp he played.
Beethoven wrote some music for an instrument he made.
He was buddy buddy with French King Louis
And he thought wearing wigs was a little screwy.
Spent some time in England, as a matter of fact,
Helping to repeal the Stamp Act.
Invented bifocals so we could see.
He was there when they built the first fire truck,
And we all know 'bout that time when that lightning struck.
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