There are many people throughout history,
that we should be thankful for;
those that made us a nation of peace,
those that fought our wars.
Eisenhower, Pershing, Patton,
Kennedy, Mandela, King;
all knew life is worth fighting for,
and freedom is a precious thing.
Henry Ford gave us the automobile,
Eli Whitney, the cotton gin;
As for Thomas Edison,
I don’t know where to begin.
Alfred Nobel gave us dynamite,
Houdini showed us tricks;
Madame Curie helped the sick.
The native American Indians,
had many great leaders as well;
their stories passed to each generation,
but whose names I cannot spell.
Heimlich gave us a maneuver,
Hibachi taught us to grill;
Wilber and Orville took to the air,
Schweitzer gave us a pill.
Da Vinci gave us a lot of things,
Picasso more than just art;
poets like Keats, Browning, and Sandberg,
and Einstein was just plain smart.
Too many people to mention,
I’d be like them all if I could;
philosophers say all the great men are dead,
and I ain’t feelin’ so good.