Pete Seeger – Listen, Mr. Bilbo Lyrics

Listen, Mr. Bilbo, listen to me
I’ll give you a lesson in history
Listen and I’ll show you that the foreigners you hate
Are the very same people made America great

In 1492 just to see what he could see
Columbus, an Italian, looked out across the sea
He said, Isabella babe, the world is round
And the U.S.A.’s just a-waiting to be found

In 1609 on a bright summer’s day
The Half Moon set anchor in old New York Bay
Henry Hudson, a Dutchman, took a good look around;
He said, “Boys, this is gonna be a helluva town.”

Listen, Mr. Bilbo, listen to me
I’ll give you a lesson in history
Listen and I’ll show you that the foreigners you hate
Are the very same people made America great

When the King of England started pushing Yankees around
We had a little trouble up in Boston town
There was a brave Negro, Crispus Attucks was the man;
Was the first one to fall when the fighting began

Colin Kelly was a pilot flying down low;
Levine pushed the button that let the bomb go
They sunk the Haruna to the bottom of the sea;
It was foreigners like those kept America free

Listen, Mr. Bilbo, listen to me
I’ll give you a lesson in history
Listen and I’ll show you that the foreigners you hate
Are the very same people made America great

Now Bilbo, you’re taking one heck of a chance;
Your good friends, the Duponts, came over from France
Another thing, I’m sure, will be news to you
The first Mister Bilbo was a foreigner, too

Listen, Mr. Bilbo, listen to me
I’ll give you a lesson in history
Listen and I’ll show you that the foreigners you hate
Are the very same people made America great

Well, you don’t like Negroes, you don’t like Jews;
If there is anyone you do like, it sure is news
You don’t like Poles, Italians, Catholics, too;
Is it any wonder, Bilbo, that we don’t like you!

Listen, Mr. Bilbo, listen to me
I’ll give you a lesson in history
Listen and I’ll show you that the foreigners you hate
Are the very same people made America great

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