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James Madison
lyrics and melody by Catherine Faber 2014

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I sing about James Madison, a Father of our land,
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In stature he was slight and yet his wisdom and his hand
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Helped write the Constitution, so here I bear along
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Some sayings of James Madison, translated into song.

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   The Madison his words and deeds can dimly let us know
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   Is very much imperfect, but a great man even so.

If men were angels, government we'd have no purpose for.
No nation can preserve its freedom mired in constant war.
The risk of a republic is that when the vote is through
The popular and powerful may trample on the few.

Knowledge governs ignorance, so here where freedom lives
The people have to arm themselves with power knowledge gives.
For folk to rule in ignorance is prologue on my oath,
To farce, or bitter tragedy, or very likely both.

We separate our Church and State in all our public life 
To keep forever from these shores the blind and ceaseless strife
That soaked the European soil for centuries in blood.
We separate our Church and State, to nip that in the bud.

I sing about James Madison, a Father of our land,
In stature he was little, but his wisdom and his hand
Helped write the Constitution, so here I bear along
Some sayings of James Madison, translated into song.