The Greatest Man – by Charles Ives

Thank you very much to everyone who joined us at our Appreciation Concert on 9 November!

We were entertained by the talented students from the vocal department of  Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM).

One of the pieces sung was “The Greatest Man” composed by Charles Ives, performed by YSTCM tenor student, Jongwoo Baek.

Here, we share with you the lyrics of this delightful song.

The Greatest Man
My teacher said us boys should write
about some great man, so I thought last night
‘n thought about heroes and men
that had done great things,
‘n then I got to thinkin’ bout my pa;
he aint a hero ‘r anything but pshaw!
Say! He can ride the wildest hoss
‘n find minners near the moss
down by the creek; ‘n he can swim
‘n fish, we ketch five new lights, me ‘n him!
Dad’s some hunter too – oh, my!
Miss Molly Cottontail sure does fly
when he tromps through the fields ‘n brush!
(Dad won’t kill a lark ‘r thrush.)
Once when I was sick ‘n though his hands were rough
he rubbed the pain right out. “That’s the stuff!”
he said when I winked back the tears.
He never cried but once ‘n that was when my mother died.
There’s lots o’great men: George Washington ‘n Lee,
but Dad’s got ’em all beat holler, seems to me!