Story Behind The Song
My folk music friends, Jim & Melanie Robertson of Sebring, FL were my hosts during one of my tours. We were jamming one night at their house and I told them I'd like to come to their train songs jam at the Florida Folk Festival, but I didn't have a train song in my repertoire. Jim said, "Write one!" I said, "I Think I Can" and that is how this song was born.
Highly motivational, interactive song uses call and response to get kids revved up to do their best and work hard. Promotes self-control, reading, teamwork, caring, friendship and perseverance. With train songs and whistles, this song is sure to be a favorite with kids, adults and the elementary school crowd. Inspired by the children's book, The Little Engine that Could, by Watty Piper.
||Unique - Children, Folk - Country
||Medium (111 - 130)
|| In High Spirits, Welcoming
|| Determination, Trains
||Raffi, Laurie Berkner
||2000 and later
I Think I Can
CHORUS: I think I can (I think I can)
I know I will (I know I will)
I think I can (I think I can)
I'll try until (I'll try until)
Success is mine (Success is mine)
I'll never stop! (I'll never stop!)
This train will reach the top! (train whistle)
This train will never stop!
I think I can!
E is for my engine. It's time to rev up and go!
F is for the fuel, the kind I need to grow!
P is for the power, the power known to man
I's for individual. That's me and I think I can! SING CHORUS
H is for the steep, steep hill, the one I've got to climb.
D: I am determined to do my best this time!
E is for the Engineer that guides me down the track.
C is for my trusty crew, and I'm glad they've got my back. SING CHORUS
BRIDGE: I will not be derailed!
I'll focus on my goal.
I'll chug chug chug along
And I'll practice self-control!
P is for my passengers, the ones I call my friends
B is for the books on board; the reading never ends!
C is for my red caboose; he always makes me smile!
S is for the song we sing mile after mile after mile! SING CHORUS