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"Fireworks" is a song in Schoolhouse Rock!, which can be seen in America Rock. The song teaches us about the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Lyrics

Ooh, there's gonna be fireworks
(Fireworks!)
On the Fourth of July
(Red, white and blue!)
Red, white and blue fireworks
Like diamonds in the sky
(Diamonds in the sky)
We're gonna shoot the entire works on fireworks
That really show, oh yeah
We declared our liberty 200 years ago

Yeah!

In 1776 (Fireworks!)
There were fireworks too (Red, white and blue!)
The original colonists
You know their tempers blew (They really blew!)
Like Thomas Paine once wrote:
It's only common sense (Only common sense)
That if a government won't give you your basic rights
You'd better get another government

And though some people tried to fight it
Well, a committee was formed to write it
Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston
John Adams, Roger Sherman, Thomas Jefferson
They got it done (Oh yes they did!)
The Declaration, uh-huh-huh
The Declaration of Independence (Oh yeah!)
In seventeen hundred seventy six (Right on!)
The Continental Congress said that we were free (We're free!)
Said we had the right of life and liberty!
...And the pursuit of happiness!

Ooh, when England heard the news (Kerpow!)
They blew their stack. (They really blew their cool!)
But the colonists lit the fuse
There'd be no turning back. (No turnin' back!)
They'd had enough of injustice now
But even if it really hurts, (Oh yeah!)
If you don't give us our freedom now
You're gonna see some fireworks!

And on the Fourth of July they signed it
And 56 names underlined it
And now to honor those first 13 states
We turn the sky into a birthday cake
They got it done (Oh yes they did!)
The Declaration, uh-huh-huh
The Declaration of Independence (Oh yeah!)
In seventeen hundred seventy six (Right on!)
The Continental Congress said that we were free (We're free!)
Said we had the right of life and liberty!
...And the pursuit of happiness!

We hold these truths to be self-evident
That all men are created equal
That they are endowed by their creator
With certain unalienable rights
That among these are life, liberty
And the pursuit of happiness

And if there's one thing that makes me happy
Then you know that it's (Ooh!)
There's gonna be fireworks!

Trivia

  • Whenever the line "And the pursuit of happiness" is spoken, a happy man chases a happy woman as a running gag.

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