You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990)
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When at last we are sure
You’ve been properly pilled,
Then a few paper forms
Must be properly filled
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Don’t give up! I believe in you all
A person’s a person, no matter how small!
And you very small persons will not have to die
If you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!

You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.

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“This”, cried the Mayor, “is your town’s darkest hour!
The time for all Whos who have blood that is red
To come to the aid of their country!”, he said.
“We’ve GOT to make noises in greater amounts!
So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!”

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I meant what I said,
and I said what I meant
An elephant’s faithful,
One hundred percent.

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