deck of cards

During the North African Campaign, a bunch of soldier boys had been on a long hike. They arrived in a little town called Casino. The next morning being Sunday, several of the boys went to church. A sergeant commanded the boys in church.
After the Chaplain read the prayer, the text was taken up next. Those of the boys that had a prayer book took them out. One boy had only a deck of cards, and he spread them out. The sergeant saw the cards and said, “Soldier, put away those cards.” After the service was over, the soldier was taken prisoner and brought before the Provost Marshal.

The Marshal said, “Sergeant, why have you brought this man here?”
“For playing cards in church, Sir,” was the response.
The Marshal asked the soldier, “And what have you to say for yourself, son?”
“Much, Sir,” replied the soldier.
The Marshal stated, “I hope so, for if not I will punish you more than any man was ever punished.”
The soldier said, “Sir, I have been on the march for about six months. I have neither bible nor a prayer book, but I hope to satisfy you, sir, with the purity of my intentions.” And with that, the boy started his story…

“You see, sir, when I look at the Ace, it reminds me that there is but one God.
And the deuce reminds me that the bible is divided into two parts: the Old and the New Testaments.
When I see the trey, I think of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
And when I see the four, I think of the four evangelists who preached the Gospel: there was Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
And when I see the five, it reminds me of the five wise virgins who trimmed their lamps; there were ten of them: five were wise and were saved, five were foolish and were shut out.
When I see the six, it reminds me that in six days God made this heaven and earth.
And when I see the seven, it reminds me that on the seventh day, God rested from his great work.
And when I see the eight, I think of the eight righteous persons that God saved when he destroyed the earth: there was Noah, his wife, their sons and their wives.
And when I see the nine, I think of the lepers our saviour cleansed, and that nine of the ten didn’t even thank him.
When I see the ten, I think of the ten commandments that God handed down to Moses on a tablet of stone.

When I see the King, it reminds me that there is but one King of Heaven, God Almighty.
And when I see the Queen, I think of the blessed Virgin Mary who is the Queen of Heaven.
And the Jack or Knave is the Devil.
When I count the number of spots in a deck of cards, I find 365, the number of days in a year.
There are 52 cards, the number of weeks in a year.
There are four suits, the number of weeks in a month.
There are twelve picture cards, the number of months in a year.
There are thirteen tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter.
So you see, Sir, my deck of cards serves me as a bible, an almanac and a prayer book.”
And friends, this story is true. I know… I was that soldier

Hanna Barbera

wiki: List of works produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions
link: Cartoons YM

William Hanna and Joseph Barbera were a production duo that made many many popular cartoons from the 50s to the 90s. Some of their creations / productions include (these will be familiar to any kid growing up in the 90s who got to watch the cartoon network):

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures
Richie Rich
Scooby Doo
The Adams Family
The New Adventures of Captain Planet
The Smurfs
Tom and Jerry Kids
Top Cat
Two Stupid Dogs
Wacky Races
Young Robin Hood
Yogi Bear

Burn – Jo Dee Messina

artist: Jo Dee Messina
youtube: LjzRRUbJjp0
youtube: rp2Ukm_yOH4

Do you wanna be a poet and write
Do you wanna be an actor up in lights
Do you wanna be a soldier and fight for love
Do you wanna travel the world
Do you wanna be a diver for pearls
Or climb a mountain and touch the clouds above
Be anyone you want to be
Bring to life your fantasies
But I want something in return
I want you to burn
Burn for me baby
Like a candle in my night
Oh burn
Burn for me burn for me
Are you gonna be a gambler and deal
Are you gonna be a doctor and heal
Or go to heaven and touch God’s face
Are you gonna be a dreamer who sleeps
Are you gonna be a sinner who weeps
Or an angel under grace
I’ll lay down on your bed of coals
Offer up my heart and soul
But in return
I want you to burn
Burn for me baby
Like a candle in my night
Oh burn
Burn for me burn for me
Laugh for me, cry for me
Pray for me, fly for me
Live for me, die for me
I want you to burn
Burn for me baby
Like a candle in my night
Oh burn
Burn for me burn for me


This is a list of songs for school children, ages 12+ probably though age limits will need a bit of thought. Have excluded love songs and too radical ideas. Will in (a lot of) time expand this page to include lyrics and links to youtube versions. Until then just google the title with either the keyword youtube or lyrics.

Affirmation – Savage Garden
Africa – Toto
All the pretty little ponies – Loggins and Messina
April Come She Will – Simon and Garfunkel
brothers in arms – dire straits
c’est la vie – Emerson Lake and Palmer
California Dreaming – America
Chasing Shadows – Kansas
Child Of My Dreams – Messina Continue reading “School”

Songs Level 1

Until we have our songs classified and uploaded with youtube / lyrics links, you can check out these artists
The Beatles
Cliff Richard
Air Supply
Pink Floyd
Dire Straits
Bryan Adams


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