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Man in the Arena (Theodore Roosevelt)
Song For Teaching Lyrics and Sound Clip
Jonathan Sprout

This song is available on Jonathan Sprout's American Heroes #4

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) is the only person ever to receive any country’s highest military honor and the Nobel Peace Prize. The 26th president of the United States, this brilliant historian and energetic nature lover enacted legislation to protect and preserve 230 million acres of land—one-fifth of America. He was the first president to fly in an airplane, go down in a submarine, own a car, and have a telephone in his home. He changed the way people in America thought of their leaders by demonstrating that one’s character is as important as one’s accomplishments. He was a devoted son, husband, and father who wrote 45 books, spoke 6 languages, and read, on average, 2 books a night. Fearless and full of adventure, he boasted,

“No one has ever enjoyed life more than I have.” It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.—Theodore Roosevelt


I don’t care what the others say,
I will always do what’s right.
I don’t care how tough the challenge,
I will hold my honor tight.
No matter what the situation,
I know what I must do. I will be brave and true
As I live my life like the…

Refrain: Man in the arena--
The one who gives it his all.
Man in the arena--
Who boldly answers the call.
The one who does his best because
He’s not afraid to fall.
Man in the arena

Nobody cares how much you know
Until they know how much you care.
Do what you can with what you have,
And be sure your heart is there.
Something might be hard to do, but if it serves a worthy cause,
Proceed without applause
So you can live like the…


Bridge: He knows the taste of sweat.
His goals are firmly set.
His passion leaves him no regret.
The man in the arena--
The one who does his best because
He’s not afraid to fall.



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