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The Preamble
Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens
Music: Lynn Ahrens

Hey, do you know about the U.S.A.?
Do you know about the government?
Can you tell me 'bout the Constitution?
Hey, learn about the U.S.A.

In 1787, I'm told
Our Founding Fathers did agree
To write a list of principles
For keepin' people free
The U.S.A. was just starting out
A whole, brand-new country
And so our people spelled it out
The things that we should be

And they put those principles down on paper
And called it the Constitution
And it's been helping us run our country ever since then
The first part of the Constitution is called the Preamble
And tells what those Founding Fathers set out to do

We the people
In order to form a more perfect union
Establish justice, insure domestic tranquility
Provide for the common defense
Promote the general welfare and
Secure the blessings of liberty
To ourselves and our posterity
Do ordain and establish this Constitution
For the United States of America

In 1787, I'm told
Our Founding Fathers all sat down
And wrote a list of principles
That's known the world around
The U.S.A. was just starting out
A whole, brand-new country
And so our people spelled it out
They wanted a land of liberty

And the Preamble goes like this

We the people
In order to form a more perfect union
Establish justice, insure domestic tranquility
Provide for the common defense
Promote the general welfare and
Secure the blessings of liberty
To ourselves and our posterity
Do ordain and establish this Constitution
For the United States of America
For the United States of America


First release: Schoolhouse Rocks the Vote
Released: 08/18/1998

This song has never been performed live by Blues Traveler.