Say Yes

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Are the words “kerfuffle,” “acquiesce,” “mea culpa,” and “contentiousness” too big for a kid’s song? Here’s an extreme example of what happens kids are told to use their words.


It was raining and my mother wouldn’t let me go outside
So I flopped down on the floor and I yelled and screamed and cried
She said son, I really wish that you would use your words instead
So I took a deep breath, and then this is what I said

This current kerfuffle’s caused us both undue distress
Please accept this mea culpa for my contentiousness
It would cause me great elation if you’d kindly acquiesce
In other words Mother won’t you please, please, please say yes

Mom just laughed and had me say it all again
Then she went and sent the video to all her Facebook friends
When she logged off the computer though, I finally got my way
We spent the day outside and this was all I had to say

I have to admit it was valid point she had
It’s hard to hear somebody when they’re screaming like mad
So next time you’re upset and you want to be heard
Take a deep breath and say these magic words

Though my theory is untested, I believe one day
Kids could rule the world if we’d all just learn to say


from Raise a Ruckus, released September 4, 2012



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