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It Starts in the Heart
Building Bridges Among People and Communities 
Jack Hartmann and Dr. Becky Bailey


This song is available on Jack Hartmann's & Dr. Becky Bailey's 
It Starts in the Heart
.

See below for the recommended hand motions in this song.

It starts in the heart
Way down in the soul
It starts in the heart

Brick by brick and stone by stone
We all find a way to build a wall
And all we get is more alone
Can you see the stones have got to fall?
We can let them stand, but then nobody wins.
We can work together and find somewhere to begin

Chorus:
It starts in the heart
Way down in the soul
That’s the only place the seeds of love can grow
Then you realize that we're not that far apart
We can build a bridge

It starts in the heart
Way down in the soul
It starts in the heart

I look at you and you look at me
Can you see that I am on your side
Though we sometimes disagree
We can find a way to make it by --

Though the road is long
And isn't always clear
I know there's some way
To get there from here

Chorus:
It starts in the heart
Way down in the soul 
That’s the only place the seeds of love can grow
Then you realize that we're not that far apart
We can build a bridge
It starts in the heart

 

Actions suggested by Jack Hartmann & Dr. Becky Bailey:
     "It starts in the heart" -- With hands in a fist, cross your arms over your chest and tap your heart area two times to the beat of the music
     "Way down in the soul" -- Uncross your arms and open your hands. Push down your hands down toward the floor in a soft pumping motion two times to the beat of the music.
     "That’s the only place the seeds of love can grow" -- Turn your hands over, palms up and extend your arms
     "Then you realize that we are not that far apart" -- With a partner, hold both hands in a high five position. Interlock fingers. Keep hands around shoulder height.
     "We can build a bridge" -- Raise your hands up high as to make a bridge.

     "Brick by brick and stone by stone" -- With hands in a fist tap one hand on top of the other, alternating hands. As you tap, move your hands upward.
     "We all find a way to build a wall" -- Open your hands palm out and pretend to walk your hands up a pretend wall in front of you.
     "And all we get is more alone" -- Continue with mime version of making a wall.
     "Can you see the stones have got to fall" -- Let both hands fall slowly down to your side
     "We can let them stand but then nobody wins" -- Raise your hands straight above your head. Drop your hands with your pointer finger of each hand moving side to side.

     "I look at you and you look at me" -- Turn and face a partner. Point both hands at each other and then back at yourself
     "Can you see that I am on your side" -- Stand side to side touching each other 
     "We can find a way to make it by" -- Lock elbows and sing until the chorus
     "Though the road is long" -- Hands together in prayer position, fingers aiming forward. Move the hands in a snake motion forward.
     "And isn't always clear" -- Place both hands, palms inward, in front of your face.
     "I know there's some way" -- Touch index fingers to sides of head (as if to use one's brain)
     "To get there from here" -- Point fingers down to spot where you are standing

 

See more of our Friendship, Character Education, Positive Attitudes and Songs for Teachers Song Lyrics

 Dr. Becky Bailey is an award-winning author, renowned teacher, and nationally recognized expert in Early Childhood Education and Development. Teachers and child care professionals rave about the practicality and success of her core program, "Conscious Discipline®." 
      Conscious Discipline® is an integrated emotional intelligence and classroom management program that consists of brain smart strategies for responding instead of reacting to life events. Apply Conscious Discipline® any place children are present and watch your relationships transform! Learn more at www.ConsciousDiscipline.com or by calling 800-842-2846

      Jack Hartmann is appreciated for his upbeat songs that meet state and national standards and benchmarks. “I use Jack Hartmann’s songs every day to enhance my lessons" and "Jack Hartmann’s songs are my classes’ favorites” are only some of the wonderful comments teachers make about how much his music is used in classrooms everyday.
       Another most important quality of Jack Hartmann’s Hop 2 It Music is that teachers truly appreciate is his tremendous diversity in musical styles. Every song is unique with a cool kid-friendly, reggae, hip-hop, Latin, rap, pop, country, or rock musical arrangement and production. And Jack strongly believes and follows the best recording practice to make sure all the words are clearly heard. Jack says “I feel a responsibility to sing my words, letters, and vowel sounds very clearly and correctly so children develop a strong foundation of our language and how it works.”

Many thanks to Jack Hartmann for permission to display these lyrics.
© Hop 2 It Music, BMI. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


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