This song was commissioned by the Camp Hill School
District, as a theme song for an Oral History songwriting residency there, in
which the students interviewed members of their community and then wrote songs
based on these life stories.
Tell me your story, I want to know
what life was like - so long ago
Tell me your story, I want to hear
how things have changed - over the years.
Sitting on the sofa next to Grandpa
I started asking questions 'bout his life.
"Did you have T.V. when you were my age?"
"How did you ask Gram to be your wife?"
His voyage to this country was exciting
He learned the language, opened up a store.
Eyes twinkled when he talked about his children
Tears came when he thought about the war.
Out around the block, I saw my neighbor
We started talking 'bout her memories.
I was amazed at all the things she'd been through
Her stories' filled with so much history.
She grew up in the South with segregation
where unfair laws kept blacks away from whites.
Her eyes gleamed with fierce determination
She never gave up fighting for her rights.
Some people think that history is boring
Just endless lists of places, dates and names.
But history is really people's stories
The hardships that they finally overcame.
Tell me your story - I want to know.
Jenny Heitler-Klevans: lead vocals
David Heitler-Klevans: lead and descant vocals, acoustic
John Conahan : piano
Jeff Lee Johnson: electric guitars
Chico Huff: bass
Grant MacAvoy: muffled drums
Mayra Casales: percussion (congas, shakers, tambourine)
Daniel Delaney: ‘cello
Kids’ Chorus: Keilan Barber, Ciara Barratt, Marlee Berger,
Sara Blackman, Thomas McKenzie-Smith, Sasha Narine, Becca Neckritz, Sophie
Samaha, Alyssa Townsend, Anita Zhu