There ain’t no monkeys in my family tree

Monkey in Bali, Indonesia

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I am writing a new state song for Tennessee.  The title of this post is is the first line.  I have never written a song before, but somehow I am inspired.  Join me with your lines in the comments of this blog and  and let’s crowd source this thing.

This move comes in the wake of the  Tennessee senate passing a bill which, in part, would encourage teachers to present the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “controversial” topics such as “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”  The house has already passed their version. It’s being called the Monkey Bill by opponents. Full story via the National Center for Science Education.

Tennessee obviously didn’t learn much from the events and results of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925.  I wonder who will be the 2013 replacements for  William Jennings Bryan, three-time presidential candidate for the Democrats, who argued for the prosecution, and Clarence Darrow, who represented John Scopes in his defense for mentioning Evolution in a Dayton, TN school.

Here’s some lyrics from a 1931 song  by the Carolina Buddies that might help inspire your lyric contribution for our state song.

From  My Evolution Girl

…..And she says we came from monkeys
Many many years gone by
But I know she’ll need a Saviour
When her time shall come to die……

Don’t believe in false teaching
For the truth to you I’ve told
Don’t believe in evolution
For the devil will get your soul.

So get those creative juices flowing and include your lines in the comments of this post.  Oh and try to work in Inherit the Wind somewhere.

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