Friendship is a Circle of Love
Thank you for giving this special microproject a wonderful liftoff!
Thanks to each of you, GITC has been able to raise enough funding to fuel some genuine song collecting and writing. We are starting by reviewing the songs in our huge library. Our first category of songs for this project are about friendship. In times of trouble, we need to be able to call upon people we trust- and also make new friends to help us through. As Mr. Rogers so famously said, "Look for the helpers." We have chosen three songs about the characteristics of friendship and compasstion with examples of what friends do when their friends need help. One is by the great Guy Davis. Please watch the YouTube video to hear it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GygE8WpsBL4 This song comes from our Green Songbook collection.
The second song is the old Campfire favorite, "Make New Friends," and our teachers are going to write 2 new verses to the round to describe the details of what a new friendship feels like for a child in need.
The third song comes from teacher songwriting that took place four summers ago when teachers from all over San Diego including many from Lemon Grove and an equal number of new teachers graduating from UCSD with credentials joined the GITC family. Here it is for you.
Friendship's a Circle of Love
written by GITC Classroom Teachers
to the tune "Buffalo Gals Won't You Come Out Tonight"
If you want to have a friend then be a friend, be a friend, be a friend!
If you want to have a friend then be a friend
‘Cause friendship’s a circle of love
A friend is a person who helps with a smile, helps with a smile, helps with a smile
A friend is a person who helps with a smile ‘cause friendship’s a circle of love
My friend accepts me as I am, as I am, as I am
My friend accepts me as I am ‘cause friendship’s a circle of love
Friends don’t tease or laugh at me when I fall down and skin my knee
They pick me up and comfort me ‘cause friendship’s a circle of love
And if we start to disagree, I talk with her, she talks with me.
We solve our problems easily 'cause friendship's a circle of love.
My friend will listen when I'm sad. My friend will listen when I feel bad
And even when I'm feeling mad 'cause friendship's a circle of love.
A friend is someone who talks to me, works with me, plays with me
A friend is someone who laughs with me ‘cause friendship’s a circle of love
My friend includes me every day, when she works and when she plays
And if she needs space that's OK 'cause friendship's a circle of love.
A friend is someone who’s always there, when I need something they will share
I‘m so glad that we both care ‘cause friendship’s a circle of love!
Yes friendship’s a circle of love!
What do you think our next topic should be? We are thinking songs that build emotional intelligence and promote self-care sound like a pretty good idea. Please feel free to drop us a line with your ideas, song referrals and encouragement. After all, friendship IS a circle of love. We are so glad you are in our circle and that we are in YOURS.
Blessings and thanks,