The Tortoise and the Hare        Listen here!

Bb    F
I run faster

C7          F
Than anybody here.

Bb                 F
No one would race me

C7                          F
For my speed they fear.

F
All the animals in the forest

                        Bb
Were so tired of that hare.

 F                     C7
All he did was brag about himself,

                              F
But race him none would dare.

           d
One day the tortoise

             Bb
Said, that’s enough!

C7                 F
I will race you hare

         C7                      F
Cause you think you are so tough!

F
The hare laughed at the tortoise.

       Bb
Try if you dare.

C7                   F
You can never keep up

C7                      F
With this speedy hare.

F
My legs are meant for running.

                Bb
What are yours for?

C7                 F
Crawling and creeping

C7                     F
Slowly cross the floor.

F                                 d
The tortoise shook his head

                        Bb
And said he’d like to race.

C7        F
I am determined

C7                         F
To put you in your place.

F            d
I may be slow,

       Bb
But I work hard.

C7                  F
Though it may take me

C7                          F
All day to cross the yard.

    d
I will get there.

                Bb
Don’t doubt me hare.

C7             F
Race you I will

C7                         F
To win would be a thrill.  

F
On the day of the big race

                       Bb
All the animals were there.

C7                              F
They cheered for the tortoise

C7                            F
And hoped he’d beat the hare.

F
The hare laughed at the tortoise.

       Bb
Try if you dare.

C7                   F
You can never keep up

C7                      F
With this speedy hare.

F
My legs are meant for running.

                Bb
What are yours for?

C7                 F
Crawling and creeping

C7                     F
Slowly cross the floor.

F           d
I will get there.

                Bb
Don’t doubt me hare.

C7          F
After the race

C7                      F
We’ll see who’s in first place.

F
The tortoise and the hare

                Bb
Lined up at the start.

C7                               F
The animals cried out, “Go!”

C7                          F
And from there they did dart.

F
Well, dart did the hare,

  Bb
But the tortoise just crawled.

 C7                  F
All the animals were hopeful,

C7                          F
The hare might get stalled.

F
The hare raced up ahead

                  Bb
And laughed out loud.

C7                                   F
There’s no way he could beat me

C7                     F
He’s in my dust cloud.

                        d
The tortoise crawled on

                              Bb
Slow and steady was his pace.

C7            F
He was determined

C7                              F
That he could win the race.

F
The hare continued on

Bb
And then realized

C7        F
Even if I took a nap

C7                   F
I’d still win first prize!


F
So the hare pulled to the side

Bb
And closed his eyes.

C7                     F
Long before the tortoise passed

C7                         F
He knew he would rise.

F                              d
The tortoise crawled on

                              Bb
Slow and steady was his pace.

C7            F
He was determined

C7                       F
That he could win the race.

F
As the day passed on by

Bb
The hare smiled and dreamed

C7                      F
He would win the race soon

C7                       F
And king of speed be deemed.

                        d
The tortoise crawled on

                              Bb
Slow and steady was his pace.

C7            F
He was determined

C7                       F
That he could win the race.

       d
There up ahead

          Bb
He saw the end.

C7                         F
The animals were waiting

C7                       F
And cheering for their friend.

F                       
The hare had never woken.

Bb                    
The tortoise won first place.

C7                                F
Because that hare was lazy

C7                   F
He did not win the race.

F
The hare may be faster

              Bb
Than anybody here,

  C7                     F
But the tortoise worked harder

C7                F
And he did persevere.  


Copyright 2005 Shauna Tominey
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