And I want to help it be
As great a town to everyone
As it seems to be to me.
I praise my town and cheer my town
And I try to spread its fame
And I know what a splendid thing 'twould be
If all would do the same.
I trust my town, I boost my town
And I want to do my part
To make a town that all may praise
From the depths of every heart.
I like my town and every one
And I want my town to grow,
If I knock my town or block my town
That would not be nice, you know,
I sing my town and preach my town
As I think a fellow should.
Who has more at stake than to win or make
For the love of the common good.
I Tm very proud of my town
And I want to help her rise
To'be the finest city
This side of Paradise.
So it's a good thing to get together
And it's a good thing to know
When we all pull together
We will make a great big show.
Good bye to all the knockers
And welcome the booster crowd.
Let us all get out and hustle
For a bigger and better town.
The Plains Poems in Kansas