Schoolhouse Rock - History Rock

Elbow Room

Music & Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens
Sung by: Sue Manchester

One thing you will discover
When you get next to one another
Is everybody needs some elbow room, elbow room.
It's nice when you're kinda cozy
But not when you're tangled nose to nosy
Oh, everybody needs some elbow...
Needs a little elbow room.

That's how it was
In the early days of the U.S.A.
The people kept coming to settle though
The east was the only place there was to go.

The president was Thomas Jefferson,
He made a deal with Napoleon,
How'd you like to sell a mile or two?
}} {Or three or a hundred or a thousand?}
And so in 1803 the Louisiana Territory
Was sold to us without a fuss
And gave us lots of elbow room.

Oh, elbow room, elbow room
Got to, got to get us
Some elbow room.
It's the west or bust,
In God we trust,
There's a new land out there.

Lewis and Clark volunteered to go.
Goodbye, good luck, wear your overcoat.
They prepared for good times and for bad. (And for bad)
They hired Sacajawea to be their guide,
She led them all across the countryside.
Reached the coast, and found the most
Elbow room we've ever had.

The way was opened up
For folks with bravery.
There were plenty of fights
To win land rights,
But the West was meant to be.
It was Manifest Destiny!

The trappers, traders and the peddlers,
The politicians and the settlers,
They got there by any way they could.       }} Any way they could!
The gold rush trampled down the wilderness,
The railroads spread across from east to west,
And soon the West was opened up for...
Opened up for good!

Now we jet from east to west,
Goodbye New York, Hello L.A.
But it took those early folks
To open up the way.

Now we've got a lot of room to be
Growing from sea to shining sea.
Guess that we have got our elbow room, elbow room.
But if there should ever come a time
When we're crowded up together I'm
Sure we'll find some elbow room up on the moon.

Oh, elbow room, elbow room
Got to, got to get us
Some elbow room.
It's the moon or bust,
In God we trust,
There's a new land up there!

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