Pick Yourself Up
Nothing's impossible I have found
For when my chin is on the ground
I pick myself up, dust myself off, start all over again
Don't lose your confidence if you slip
Be grateful for a pleasant trip
And pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again
Work like a soul inspired 'til the battle of the day is won
You may be sick and tired, but you'll be a man, my son
Don't you remember the famous men
Who had to fall and rise again
They picked themselves up, dust themselves off and started all over again
CHORUS: Work like a soul inspired 'til the battle of the day is won
You may be sick and tired, but you'll be a man, my son.
Don't you remember the famous men who had to fall to rise again
They picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and started all over again.
Start all over again!
artist: Diana Krall
songwriter: Jerome Kern in 1936, lyrics by Dorothy Fields
date released: 1936 for the film Swing Time
starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Covered by many, but notably by Nat King Cole and Diana Krall in 1999.
Teacher's alert: This song is a good way to practice separable and inseparable phrasal verbs. They abound in the chorus of this song. Also, a good review of reflexives: yourself vs yourselves might be in order for a teaching point.
On January 20, 2009, the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, in his inauguration speech said: "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin the work of remaking America." I wonder if he [Obama] paid for copyright fees to the songwriter's estate.