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Washington's Hat
Song for Teaching about George Washington
Jonathan Sprout

This song is available on Jonathan Sprout's American Heroes

George Washington (1732-99) was commander in chief of the Continental army during the American Revolution, and later the first president of the United States. Known as the "father of his country," he symbolizes qualities of discipline, honor, loyalty and love of country.

This song is NOT a true story. General Washington did, however, courageously lead his troops across the icy waters of the Delaware River during a Christmas night snowstorm to win a stunning victory over enemy German soldiers known as Hessians. The battle of Trenton restored the nation's morale and became known as the turning point of the revolutionary war.

On Christmas Day, 1776
General George Washington was up to his tricks.
He had an idea. It would revolutionize
The way to win the war with a secret surprise.

He called his troops to the banks of the Delaware,
Put on a crazy hat, and let the soldiers stare.....

Washington's hat
Imagine that.
Washington's hat

They struggled with the boats, though it would have been nice
If they had taken the bridge to avoid the ice.....

Then he said to the artist, "If you will,
Please paint my portrait for the dollar bill!".....


At last they came to Trenton and divided into groups.
George had given orders to surround the Hessian troops.....

And so he gathered his belongings after gathering his wits,
Gave his sword to George and said, "I call it quits."
"It's too cold and dark to fight," he said. "Besides, I'd rather chat.
Now, what on earth possesses you to wear that silly hat?"


Washington leaned forward and whispered in his ear,
"That's a military secret. I can't reveal it here.".....


George fought many battles. Everywhere he'd go,
The enemy dropped their guns - to tease him so.....

George tipped his hat when they cheered for what he'd done.
It's been said he wore that chapeau everywhere he went.....


Now the moral of the story (in case you didn't know):
It's okay to wear a silly hat when playing in the snow.
And don't be too concerned about what others think and do,
When you might have a better way of doing something new.
Just think of General George and all the glory he begat -
The man who crossed the Delaware beneath a silly hat.



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