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​Three-Ring Government

This song is by Lynn Ahrens and appears on the compilation Schoolhouse Rock: America Rock (1997).

Gonna have a three-ring circus someday
People will say it's a fine one, son
Gonna have a three-ring circus someday
People will come from miles around
Lions, tigers, acrobats, and jugglers and clowns galore
Tightrope walkers, pony riders, elephants, and so much more...

Guess I got the idea right here at school
Felt like a fool when they called my name
Talkin' about the government and how it's arranged
Divided in three like a circus
Ring one, Executive
Two is Legislative, that's Congress
Ring three, Judiciary
See it's kind of like my circus, circus

Step right up and visit ring number one
The show's just begun. Meet the President
I am here to see that the laws get done
The ringmaster of the government

On with the show

Hurry, hurry, hurry to ring number two
See what they do in the Congress
Passin' laws and juggling bills
Oh, it's quite a thrill in the Congress
Focus your attention on ring number three
The Judiciary's in the spotlight
The courts take the law and they tame the crimes
Balancing the wrongs with your rights

No one part can be
More powerful than any other is
Each controls the other you see
And that's what we call checks and balances

Well, everybody's act is part of the show
And no one's job is more important
The audience is kinda like the country you know
Keeping an eye on their performance

Ring one, Executive
Two is Legislative, that's Congress
Ring three, Judiciary
See it's kind of like my circus, my circus

Gonna have a three-ring circus someday
People will say it's a fine one son
But until I get it, I'll do my thing
With government. It's got three rings