"We're Coming Up"
This song includes eighth grade vocabulary words that students are likely to encounter on state tests. It teaches the following words: balmy, citadel, clad, fallacy, gingerly, grope, intervene, mercenary, plunder, revenue, rue, staple, turbulent, tycoon and vilify. The song explores the difficulty of determining whether or not something is a crime. Decide for yourself whether this man is criminal or a modern-day Robin Hood.
It was a dark night and the mood was set,
The waves crashed, the sea was turbulent.
The water was wild, but the night was balmy,
Soft and mild, nice and lovely.
In the dark my army groped our way,
Felt our way to the road, we don’t know the way.
We had bread, water and a few other staples,
Not those bent metal things, but basic things.
We were clad and dressed in black hats and vests,
I looked the best, ‘cause my mesh shorts were fresh.
We looked way up at the citadel,
The strong castle upon the hill.
It belonged to one R.J. Blake,
While the town starved, he dined on steaks.
While we were working hard to feed our children,
He was throwing fancy parties with Paris Hilton.
This dude was a tycoon, I mean, he made
More money off business than Bill Gates.
He had more revenue than Mickey D’s,
A bigger income stream than the Mississippi.
We’re coming up…
I don’t want to vilify Blake, speak evil of him,
But when the kids on the block see him, they start running.
Some think the rich deserve to be rich,
But to me that’s a fallacy, a false belief.
‘Cause this guy put the "I" in the word the team,
It was up to us to step in and intervene.
We moved shadow to shadow up to his mansion,
Then crept through the window, like Robin and Batman.
We collected his jewelry, robbed and plundered,
To give to the poor who faced daily hunger.
Carefully, gently and gingerly,
We grabbed his silverware, Xbox and TVs.
But then I heard a voice: "You’ll rue this day!
You’ll soon regret it, but never forget it.
"I’m very old, but you can’t come in here, yo,
And start eating my cereal, my Cheerios.
This money here? You haven’t earned a penny!
You’re surrounded by my army of mercenaries."
What can I say? They had us arrested, holmes,
Now I live in a prison that Blake partially owns.
What do you think? Am I a thug and a thief?
Or a Robin Hood, who just couldn’t dodge the police?
We’re coming up…
You'll learn these words: turbulent, balmy, grope, staple, clad, citadel, tycoon, revenue, vilify, fallacy, intervene, plunder, ginger, rue, mercenary.
stirred up, disturbed or chaotic
The ships were tossed about by the turbulent seas, causing the sailors to become sick.
Synonyms: choppy, stormy
Antonyms: settled, calm, manageable
Other forms: There was so much turbulence (noun) on the flight that I couldn't read my book or sleep.
soothing, refreshing and mild
People change into shorts at the first sign of balmy weather.
Synonyms: temperate, tropical, moist
Other forms: A balm is a soothing ointment, usually from a plant.
to search blindly; to feel with your hands
When the lights went out, I groped for the switch.
Synonyms: to fumble
an important item or raw material
Chocolate was an important staple in the Johnson household.
Other forms: Edward hates to staple (verb) his papers in class because he has to get up out of his seat to go do it.
He was clad in a tuxedo.
Other forms: Clad is actually considered a past tense form of the verb "to clothe," which is to dress.
a fortress or stronghold
Only ten warriors remained to defend the citadel.
a wealthy and powerful businessperson
Donald Trump is a tycoon in New York City and owns lots of real estate.
Synonyms: baron, capitalist, industrialist
The kids made a lot of revenue with their music and lemonade stand.
Antonyms: expenditure, outgoings, payment
to speak evil of; slander
Sandra likes to vilify her stepmother with outrageous stories and accusations in order to make her mom smile.
Antonyms: compliment, praise, support
a misleading or false belief
The idea that the world was flat was a popular fallacy.
to come between; to step in and stop
Security intervened before the fight could escalate between the women.
Synonyms: to intrude
Antonyms: to leave alone, withdraw
Other forms: My friends planned an intervention (noun) for their best friend, who was addicted to alcohol.
to rob; to pillage
When the pirates sail into port, it is inevitable that they will plunder local homes and businesses.
Other forms: Plunder can also be a noun meaning "stolen goods or loot," as in: Jack Sparrow's plunder consisted of gold and silver coins.
cautiously or carefully
The baker gingerly placed the decorative flowers on the wedding cake.
Antonyms: carelessly, recklessly
Other forms: Gingerly can also be an adjective: He picked up the cat in a gingerly way.
to feel sorrow or regret
Tommy will rue the day he gets his water gun taken away for good by his mother.
Antonyms: to celebrate, rejoice
a professional soldier hired into a foreign army
Pablo is a mercenary so he is often away from home for months at a time.
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