Schoolhouse Rock - History Rock

I'm Just a Bill


Music & Lyrics: Dave Frishberg
Sung by: Jack Sheldon

}} {Woof!  You sure gotta climb a lotta steps to get to this Capitol
}}  Building here in Washington!  But I wonder who that sad little
}}  scrap of paper is?}

I'm just a bill,
Yes, I'm only a bill,
And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill.
Well, it's a long, long journey
To the capital city,
It's a long, long wait
While I'm sitting in committee,
But I know I'll be a law someday...
At least I hope and pray that I will,
But today I'm still just a bill.

}} {Gee, bill, you certainly have a lot of patience and courage!}
{Well I got *this* far.  When I started, I wasn't even a *bill* - I
 was just an idea.  Some folks back home decided they wanted a law
 passed, so they called their local congressman and he "You're right,
 there ought to be a law."  Then he sat down and wrote me out and
 introduced me to Congress, and I became a bill.  And I'll remain a
 bill until they decide to make me a law.}

I'm just a bill,
Yes I'm only a bill,
And I got as far as Capitol Hill.
Well now I'm stuck in committee
And I sit here and wait
While a few key congressmen
Discuss and debate
Whether they should
Let me be a law...
Oh how I hope and pray that they will,
But today I am still just a bill.

}} {Listen to those congressmen arguing!  Is all that discussion and
}}  debate about you?}
{Yes.  I'm one of the lucky ones.  Most bills never even get this far.
 I hope they decide to report on me favourably, otherwise I may die.}
}} {"Die?"}
{Yeah: die in committee.  Oooh!  But it looks like I'm gonna live.
 Now I go to the House of Representatives and they vote on me.}
}} {If they vote "yes", what happens?}
{Then I go to the Senate and the whole thing starts all over again.}
}} {Oh no!}
{Oh yes!}

I'm just a bill,
Yes I'm only a bill,
And if they vote for me on Capitol Hill,
Well then I'm off to the White House
Where I'll wait in a line
With a lot of other bills
For the President to sign.
And if he signs me then I'll be a law...
Oh, how I hope and pray that he will,
But today I am still just a bill.

}} {You mean even if the whole Congress says you should be a law, the
}}  President can still say no?}
{Yes, that's called a "veto".  If the President vetoes me, I have to
 go back to Congress, and they vote on me again, and by that time
 it's...}
}} {By that time, it's very unlikely that you'll *become* a law!  It's
}}  not easy to become a law, is it?}

No!  But how I hope and I pray that I will,
But today I am still just a bill!

}} {He signed you, bill!  Now you're a law!}
{Oh yes!}

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