Try Again

by David & Anne Ellsworth

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again." - William E. Hickson

One of the ongoing lessons of life is that we all make mistakes when we are learning to do things. It's okay though. The way to overcome them is by patience and practice. In other words, "try again!"

This bluesy rock 'n' roll tune starts the year off encouraging students to do just that - try again in all they do at school and at home. And it's so much fun to sing! Simple quarter note rhythms in the verse offer examples of situations that may require a do over, such as spilling milk or missing a pitch. If you prefer, you can substitute lyrics of your own. Ask your students what it is that they may want to "try again."

The chorus affirms, "I can do it if I try," which is true in many circumstances. The coda, which is a repeat of the chorus, includes optional spoken lines. Choose soloists to speak out above the singers with positive energy.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.