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T.I.M.E. at the Peace Table

Teaching Strategies for Interpersonal Conflict Resolution
Paulette Meier


This song is available on Paulette Meier's
Come Join the Circle: LessonSongs for Peacemaking
.


Michael and Tony had a conflict today
About which game they were going to play.
Each of them was digging his heels in deeper,
When all of a sudden,  we heard Tony say:

Chorus:
Let's take some time at the peace table,
Take some time at the peace table.
Gonna take some time and show that we're able
To work things out without a fight!

Ann passed Mark and knocked over his drink,
The juice ran all over and it stained his shirt pink.
Well,  Mark stood up and protested loudly,
When a little voice inside him said, "Hey stop and think!"

Chorus
Leah and Tammy were arguing loud,
And soon all the yelling attracted a crowd.
Each of them was on that conflict escalator,
When Tammy stopped and took a breath and said real proud:

Chorus

Well, you may wonder what you do, when you take time at the peace table.
Yeah, you may wonder what it means to take time at the peace table.
Well, T.I.M.E. will help you remember;
Yeah, T.I.M.E. will help you remember.
cause the "T" stands for TAKING TURNS TALKING AND LISTENING.
And the " I" stands for using I-MESSAGES.
And the "M" stands for MAKING SUGGESTIONS AND CHOICES.
And with the "E" we END IT ALL by shaking hands and saying THANKS!

Final Chorus:
for taking time at the peace table,
taking time at the peace table.
Yeah, we took some time and showed that we're able
to work things out without a fight!

Yeah we took some time at the peace table,
Took some time at the peace table.
Yeah we took some time and showed that we're able
to work things out without a fight.
Yeah to work things out without a fight.
We can work things out without a fight!

 

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Many thanks to Paulette Meier for permission to display these lyrics.
© 1999 Paulette Meier. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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