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"The Tale of Mr. Morton" is a song in Schoolhouse Rock!, which can be seen in Grammar Rock. The song teaches us about subjects and predicates.

Lyrics

This is the tale of Mister Morton
Mister Morton is who
He is the subject of our tale
And the predicate tells what Mister Morton must do

Mister Morton walked down the street
Mister Morton walked
Mister Morton talked to his cat
Mister Morton talked

(Hello, cat. You look good.)

Mister Morton was lonely
Mister Morton was
Mister Morton is the subject of the sentence,
and what the predicate says, he does

Mister Morton knew just one girl
Mister Morton knew
Mister Morton grew flowers for Pearl
Mister Morton grew

Mister Morton was very shy
Mister Morton was
Mister Morton is the subject of the sentence,
And what the predicate says, he does

The subject is a noun, that's a person, place or thing
It's who or what the sentence is about
And the predicate is the verb, that's the action word
That gets the subject up and out

Mister Morton wrote Pearl a poem
Mister Morton wrote
Pearl replied in the afternoon
Pearl replied by a note

Mister Morton was very nervous
Mister Morton was
Mister Morton is the subject of the sentence,
And what the predicate says, he does

The cat stretched,
The sun beat down,
A neighbor chased his kid

(Come here, kid! Come on!)

Each sentence is completed
When you know what the subject did

Mister Morton knocked on her door
Mister Morton knocked
Mister Morton sat on her porch
Yes, he just sat there and rocked
Mister Morton was a nervous man
When she opened up the door he ran...

Mister Morton climbed up his stairs
Mister Morton climbed
Mister Morton rhymed pretty words
Mister Morton rhymed

Mister Morton was lonely
Mister Morton was...

Until Pearl showed up with a single rose
Who says women can't propose?

Now Mister Morton is happy
And Pearl and the cat are too
They're the subjects of the sentence,
And what the predicate says, they do

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