Theme Songs

"Reading Across Texas"

Words and music by Willy Welch


Recorded on I Won't Eat That! Snappy Tunes for Kids of All Ages


© 2001 (ASCAP), Playing Right Music, Dallas, TX

To order: www.willywelch.com


Reproduced with Permission. Permission is granted by Playing Right Music for Texas public libraries solely to download the song "Reading Across Texas" to play for non-profit purposes in their libraries. All Rights Reserved.

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Reading across Texas from Dallas to the Rio Grande


From the Big Bend Mountains to the piney woods holding Texas in our hand


History, geography, troubles and trails we took,


Reading across Texas by opening up a book.

The story of the Alamo or riding around a rodeo


The burrow of an armadilleo


We don't have far to look


The rocket ships at NASA


The mountains in El Pasa


We can ride the rails


Or Comanche trails


By opening up a book.

The music of a mockingbird


Oil wells or a longhorn herd


Bluebonnets and a Lady Bird


We don't have far to look


A two-step dance


A country song


Tejano tunes to sing along


Gulf coast sands


Or half-time bands


By opening up a book.

Musical Score Page 1 | Page 2

"Read Across Texas!"

Words by Sally Meyers; Jane Hays Smith, Orchestra Teacher at Lee Junior High on piano; Rudolfo Jesus Jaques on vocals; Jane Hays Smith on keyboard; Ashley Michelle Tucker on violin; and Laurence Joseph Lee Doyle on flute.

Reproduced with Permission. Permission is granted by Sally Meyers for Texas public libraries solely to download the song "Reading Across Texas!" to play for non-profit purposes in their libraries.

(Sung to the tune of "Pick a Bale of Cotton")

Listen to the Song Listen to the Song!

Let's saddle up, move on out!


Read across Texas!


Grab a book, turn the page!


Yippee-ti-yi-yeah!

Chorus:


Hey pard'ner


Read across Texas!


Hey pard'ner,


Read a book a day!

My pard'ner and I can


Read across Texas!


My pard'ner and I can


Read a book a day!

Went to El Paso to


Read about vaqueros


Went to El Paso to


Read a book a day!

Went to Laredo to


Read about Mexico


Went to Laredo to


Read a book a day!

There're armadillos, javelinas,


Read across Texas!


Roadrunners, jackrabbits


Yippee ti yi yo!

There're cowboy boots,


Ten-gallon hats


Read across Texas!


Silver buckles, sombreros,


Yippeei ti yi yo!

There're tumbleweeds, rattlesnakes,


Read across Texas!


Saddles, spurs, and little doggies,


Yippee ti yi yo!

(Children make up verses using their friends' names and things they like to read about, such as cowboys. Examples are below.)

Travis and I can


Read about cowboys,


Travis and I can


Read a book a day!

Read about longhorns…


Read about sagebrush…


Read about cactus…


Read about coyotes…


Read about Dallas…

Musical Score

For more information, please contact Christine McNew, Youth Services Consultant, at christine.mcnew@tsl.texas.gov.

 



Texas Reading Club 2002 Programming Manual / Read Across Texas!


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011