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Eleanor (Roosevelt)
Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
Jonathan Sprout

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ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884-1962), shy and insecure as a child, emerged as a public figure when her husband Franklin was elected president of the United States in 1932. She brought her great compassion and concern to the world’s neediest people. As US representative to the United Nations, she helped create the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and became a champion of equal rights for minorities. The most active and influential -- and sometimes controversial -- of all US presidents’ wives, she became so respected and admired, she was often called “First Lady of the World.”

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

A child of misfortune,
Had her share of tears.
And losing both her parents
Taught her how to face her fears.
So when this shy and simple lady
Became the President’s wife,
She found that helping other people
Brought purpose to her life.

Casual and friendly
With a heart of gold,
She brought her warm compassion
To the lonely and the cold.
Champion of the needy.
Strength in every word,
She became the voice of others
Who were begging to be heard.

REFRAIN: And Eleanor always took a stand
For the hungry and the homeless all across the land.
Oh Eleanor, it was not the life you planned,
But you knew it made you happy to lend a helping hand.

A most admired woman,
She was “Eleanor Everywhere.”
She considered it her mission
To show goodwill and care.
She went all around the world
Not afraid to fight
For the cause of every human,
For the chance to make things right.


Though she had her share of broken dreams,
Mrs. Roosevelt would live
Defending simple human rights
With a heart that had to give.



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Many thanks to Jonathan Sprout for permission to display these lyric excerpts. Introduction speech courtesy of Microsoft Encarta.
Copyright 2000, Kanukatunes (ASCAP)
Used with permission.


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