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Verb: That's What's Happening



Music & Lyrics: Bob Dorough
Sung by: Zachary Sanders
Animation: Phil Kimmelman and Associates

I get my thing in action                  }} Verb!
To be, to sing, to feel, to live...       }} Verb!  That's what's
                                          }}   happenin'!
I put my heart in action                  }} Verb!
To run, to go, to get, to give...         }} Verb!  You're what's
                                          }}   happenin'!
That's where I find satisfaction, yeah!   }} Yeah!
To search, to find, to have, to hold...   }} Verb!  To be bold!
When I use my imagination                 }} Verb!
I think, I plot, I plan, I dream...
Turning in towards creation               }} Verb!
I make, I write, I dance, I sing...
When I'm feelin' really active            }} Verb!
I run, I ride, I swim, I fly!
Other times when life is easy             }} Ohhh!
I rest, I sleep, I sit, I lie...          }} Verb!  That's what's
                                          }}   happening!

I can take a noun and bend it...
Give me a noun!                           }} Bat, ball, rake, and plow
Make it a verb and really send it!        }} Show me how!
Ohh, I don't know my own power!           }} Verb!
I get my thing in action...               }} Verb!
In being...                               }} Verb!
In doing...                               }} Verb!
In saying...

{A verb expresses action, being or state of being.}
}} {A verb makes a statement.}
{Yeah, a verb tells it like it is!}       }} Verb!  That's what's
                                          }}   happenin'!

I can tell you when it's happenin'!       }} Past, present, future
                                          }}   tense!
Tell you more about what's happenin'.     }} Say it so it makes
                                          }}   some sense!
Oh!  I can tell you *who* is happenin'.   }} Verb you're so intense!
Hey, every sentence has a subject.        }} Noun: person, place or
                                          }}   thing!
Find that subject, where's the action?    }} Verb can make the subject
                                          }}   zing!
Take the subject, what is it?             }} What?
What's done to it?                        }} What?
What does it say?                         }} Verb!  You're what's
                                          }}   happenin'!
I can question like, "What is it?"        }} Verb!  You're so
                                          }}   demanding!
I can order like, "Go get it!"            }} Verb!  You're so
                                          }}   commanding!
When I hit, I need an object!             }} Verb, hit!  Hit the ball!
When I see, I see the object!             }} Do you see that %"Berlin
                                          }}   Wall"?%

{If you can see it, man, put the ball over the fence, man!  Go 'head,
 on!  Yeah, alright!  What?!  He hit it!  It's goin'... it's goin'...
 it's gone! What?!}

I get my thing in action!                 }} Verb!  That's what's
                                          }}   happening!
To work...                                }} Verb!
To play...                                }} Verb!
To live...                                }} Verb!
To love!

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