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Put on Your Helmet and Get in the Game

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a Country/Rap duet with a biracial football theme

by Christopher Cotton

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It’s fourth and goal at the one-yard line,
The scoreboard clock says oh-five-nine,
We’re four points down, and the coach calls time,
And he looks up and down the whole sideline—
He points at you and he calls your name—
So put on your helmet and get in the game!

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You’ve been sittin’ on the bench since the game began,
Lookin’ at the cheerleaders, chattin’ with the fans.
When the team started rallyin’ you clapped your hands,
But you never thought you’d figure in the coach’s plans.
But the startin’ left guard just pulled up lame—
So put on your helmet and get in the game.

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Now don’t tell me you’re feelin’ poor,
You’re head’s kinda groggy and your butt’s kinda sore,
The other guy’s taller and he weighs much more,
And you don’t feel ready, well you just ain’t sure—
So you’re tired and hurtin’—ain’t that a shame—
Just put on your helmet and get in the game.

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Now don’t try to tell me that the guy on your right
Is hard to work with, he’s so uptight,
And the fella on the left ain’t particularly bright.
You gotta work with ’em in the one good fight,
And we’ll share the glory or we’ll share the blame,
So put on your helmet and get in the game!

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The game ain’t over till the final gun,
But for some folks it ain’t even begun,
So listen my friends, there’s work to be done,
And the simple truth is there’s only one
Team that we’re playin’ on in this here game—
And it ain’t ever easy and it sure ain’t tame,
But it don’t matter we don’t look the same,
And it don’t matter we don’t sound the same.
Put on your helmet and get in the game!

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