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The Eensie-Weensie Spider (Tom Smith, Bob Blue, Trad.) The eensie-weensie spider went up the water spout Down came the rain, and washed the spider out. Out came the sun and dried up all the rain And the eensie-weensie spider climbed again She wouldn't let the elements distract her from her goal The purpose of her struggle was imbedded in her soul; Now see the sun shine down on beasts, on women and on men And see that eenie-weensie spider rise again! cho: Rise again! Rise again! She will not let misfortune keep her From doing what she can. So whether your legs number two, or four or eight or ten Be like that eensie-weensie spider, Rise again! This eensie-weensie metaphor's a lesson to us all We cannot be defeated if we rise each time we fall And if you think this story's one you learned too long ago Then think about some other ones you know: You know the myth of Sisyphus, and you know Jack and Jill It's such a potent image, going up and down a hill. So every time you fall,or lose a lover or a friend Be like that eensie-weensie spider, Rise again! Perhaps you think this allegory goes a bit too far Climbing up a pipe is not like reaching for a star But whether it's a water spout or mountain that you climb You've come this far. Indulge me one more time, It could be said that each of us climbs up a water spout The downward pull of gravity's not what it's all about The upward pull of hope is what will save us in the end Be like that eensie-weensie spider Rise again! Final chorus: Rise again! Rise again! Never let misfortune keep you From doing what you can, And whether your legs number two Or four or eight or ten Be like that eensie-weensie spider, Rise again! copyright Tom Smith, Bob Blue tune, of course, is Mary Ellen Carter RG oct96
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