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Dan Bern - Biggest Thing Man Has Ever Done

Song Lyrics

Oh I'm just a lonesome traveler, the great historical bum
Highly educated, from history I have come
I built the Rock of Ages, it was in the year of One
And that was about the biggest thing Man has ever done

I worked in the Garden of Eden, it was in the year of Two
Joined the Apple Pickers Union, I always paid my dues
I'm the man that got the contract to raise the Rising Sun
And that was about the biggest thing Man has ever done

I was straw boss on the pyramids, and the Tower of Babel too
I opened up the ocean, let the migrant children through
I fought a million battles and never lost a one
And that was about the biggest thing Man has ever done

I fought the ragin Roman, I fought the ragin Turk
Defeated Nero's army with thirty minutes work
I stopped the mighty Kaizer, I stopped the mighty Hun
And that was about the biggest thing Man has ever done

I fought the Revolution when we set the country free
It was me and a couple of Indians that dumped the Boston tea
I fought the battle of Valley Forge and the battle of Bully Run
And that was about the biggest thing Man has ever done

Next we fought the slavery war, a bunch of folks and me
We beat the chains from off their legs and set my people free
The slavery men, they lost the war, freedom's men had won
And that was about the biggest thing Man has ever done

I clumb the rocky canyons where the Columbia River rolls
Seen the salmon leapin the rapids and the falls
Twas there I built my Coulee Dam in the state of Washington
And that was about the biggest thing Man has ever done

There was a man across the ocean, and I guess you knew him well
His name was Adolph Hitler, and damn his soul to hell
We kicked him in the panzers and got him on the run
And that was about the biggest thing Man has ever done

We sent a big old rocketship into space one time
Ten thousand miles an hour and turned on a dime
Hit golfballs on the moon, then come back where we begun
And that was about the biggest thing Man has ever done

There's one big thing we must do when shove comes to push
Defeat the so-called President by the name of Bush
Vote early and vote often, November 2 not 1
And that will be the biggest thing Man has ever done
That'll be the biggest thing Man has ever done

Well I'm gonna quit my talking, 'cause I told you all I know
But just remember, partner, wherever you may go
People are building a peaceful world, and when the job is done
That'll be the biggest thing Man has ever done
That'll be the biggest thing Man has ever done

Notes:
This is a cover and expansion of Woody Guthrie's song of the same name.

CDs

These lyrics are on the following CD(s):

Anthems (2004)
Anthems

   

1. Revolution Begins in the Basement
2. Biggest Thing Man Has Ever Done
3. We Will Not Be Divided
4. Where is the Love?
5. Take Back the New Millenium


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