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OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO

Congratulations!
Today is your day
You’re off to great places
You’re off and away

You have brains in your head
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself wherever you choose
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go

You look up and down streets. Look ‘em over with care
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
You’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street

And you might not find any
you’ll want to go down
In that case of course,
you’ll head straight out of town

Its opener there
In the wide open air

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you

And when things start to happen
Don’t worry. Don’t stew
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.

Oh The Places You’ll Go

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
Who soar to great heights

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 the rest

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

I am sorry to say so
But, sadly, it’s true
And Hang-ups
Can happen to you

You can get all hung up
In a prickle-ly perch
And your gang will fly on
You’ll be left in the Lurch

You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump
and the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump

And when you’re in a Slump
You’re not in for much fun
Un-slumping yourself
Is not easily done

You’ll come to a place where the streets are not marked
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked
A place you could sprain both your elbow and your chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And If you go in, should you turn left or right….
Or right-and-three quarters? Or maybe not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple its not, I’m afraid you will find
For a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind

You can get so confused
That you’ll start in to race
Down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
And grind on for miles across weirdish wild space
Headed, I fear, towards a most useless place
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting
Waiting for a train to go
Or a bus to come, or a plane to go
Or the mail to come, or the rain to go
Or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
Or waiting around for a Yes or a No
Or waiting for their hair to grow
Everyone is just waiting

Waiting for the fish to bite
Or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
Or waiting around for Friday night
Or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jack
Or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
Or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
Or a wig with curls, or Another Chance
Everyone is just waiting

NO!
That’s not for you
Somehow you’ll escape
You’ll find the bright places
Where Boom Bands are playing

With banner flip flapping
Once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky
Ready because you’re that kind of guy!

Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored, there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
Will make you the winning-est winner of all
Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be
With the whole wide world watching you win on TV

Except when you don’t
Because sometimes they won’t

I am afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too
Games you can’t win
‘cause you’ll play against yourself

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
You’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants
There are some, down the road between hither and yon
That can scare you so much you won’t want to go on

But on you will go
Though the weather be foul
On you will go
Though your enemies prowl
On you will go
Though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
A frightening creek
Though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak

On and on you will hike
And I know you’ll hike far
And face up to your problems
whatever they are

You’ll get mixed up of course
as you already know
You’ll get mixed up
With many strange birds as you go
So be sure when you step
Step with care and great tact
And remember that Life’s
A Great Balancing Act
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft
And never mix up your right foot with your left

And you will succeed
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)
KID YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So…
Be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
Or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea
You’ll be off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting

So…get on your way………………Dr Seuss

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