Terry Ran

Terry Ran

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After 10 days of frantic preparations transitioning to teaching Kindergarten online, I decided to take a day off for songwriting therapy. ... then wrote a song about Terry Fox for my students. I think it may just be too long and too old for Kindergarten, but the chorus is sing-along-able.

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Terry Ran
© Sean McGaughey September 26, 2019
Key of C

Chorus
Terry Fox ran and ran and ran and ran
On one leg across Canada
He ran to help find a cure for cancer
But no one had the answer

Terry Fox was a young man who played basketball
But his leg started hurting and sometimes he would fall
The doctor said he had cancer. His leg would have to go.
Terry was sad but he tried to go with the flow.

Terry wanted all the children in the hospital ward
To see that there is hope, even when life is very hard
To raise money for research, he found a way.
He would run across Canada, a marathon a day.

Chorus
Terry Fox ran and ran and ran and ran
On one leg across Canada
He ran to help find a cure for cancer
But no one had the answer

His run began in Newfoundland in 1980.
When he dipped his artificial leg into the sea.
He ran across the Maritimes, and into Quebec
On the sixty-eighth day, he reached Ontario,
let’s see what happened next.

The further he ran, Terry’s fame grew
People came to cheer him on and run a while too.
But Terry did not want---- ... all of the fame.
Raising money for cancer research was always his aim

Terry was sick again on the hundred forty third day.
He had to end his run outside of Thunder Bay.
He went home to get better, and how the doctors tried.
A whole country was sad when Terry Fox died.

Chorus
Terry Fox ran and ran and ran and ran
On one leg across Canada
He ran to help find a cure for cancer
But no one had the answer

Terry was a hero. He was very brave.
Millions of people run in his name today.
Nearly 40 years later there’s still not a cure.
But thousands have been helped, that’s a win for sure.

Chorus
Terry Fox ran and ran and ran and ran
On one leg across Canada
He ran to help find a cure for cancer
But no one had the answer



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metalfoot's picture

Possibly too complex for kindergarteners but a good history lesson!

headfirstonly's picture

It's always a sobering moment when stuff you remember seeing on TV as an adult gets described as "history." I guess I'm getting on a bit.

As a participatory chorus, "ran and ran and ran and ran" works well; for younger kids, focusing on getting them to join in there would work, I reckon.

cleanshoes's picture

Charming, informative, and singable! A happy-sad sort of song.