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Nine Gold Medals

  • (David Roth)

    The athletes had come from so many the countries
    To run for the gold and the silver and bronze
    Many weeks and months in training
    All building up to the games

    All round the field spectators were gathered
    Cheering on all the young women and men
    Then the final event of the day was approaching
    The last race about to begin

    The loudspeakers called out the names of the runners
    The one hundred metres the race to be run
    And nine young athletes stood there determined
    And poised for the sound of the gun

    The signal was given, the pistol exploded
    And so did the runners on hearing the sound
    But the youngest among them stumbled and staggered
    And he fell on his knees to the ground

    He gave out a cry of frustration and anguish
    His dreams and his efforts dashed in the dirt
    But as sure as I'm standing here telling the story
    Now it's a strange one, but here's what occurred

    The eight other athletes stopped in their tracks
    The ones who had trained for so long to compete
    One by one they turned round and came back to help him
    And lifted the lad to his feet

    Then all nine runners joined hands and continued
    The one hundred metres reduced to a walk
    And the banner above that said "Special Olympics"
    Could not have been nearer the mark

    That's how the race ended, nine gold medals
    They came to the finish line holding hands still
    And the banner above and nine smiling faces
    Said more than these words ever will
    Said more than these words ever will

    (as sung by Iain MacKintosh)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1996:] This is a true story. (Intro Iain MacKintosh)

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