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The Beatles Help You Thank Volunteers: Three Song Parodies

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Ed. Note: Arlene is the co-author of the Volunteer Recognition Skit Kit (Energize, 1992) at http://www.energizeinc.com/store/2-107-E-1 in which she and Evie Levine wrote seven fun skits to be performed at volunteer recognition events. "Fractured" songs are the highlight of all the skits. By popular demand, Arlene is working on new material and shared the following three song parodies with e-Volunteerism.

Here is a medley of three song parodies to popular Beatles songs that you can use for volunteer recognition. Although the songs are written to follow in sequence you might want to use them individually. You can be as simple or as elaborate with your presentation as time, budget and talent allow. A whole theme could be built around "The Sixties" if you really want to get into it. A quartet of "mop tops" could sing this, although I think a whole chorus wearing Beatles wigs would be great. You might want some accompaniment since Beatles songs are a bit harder to sing than they look. Feel free to make these your own by altering words to suit your particular volunteers. Whatever you do, have fun!

"Volunteers"
To the tune of "Yesterday"
Original words and music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Copyright: Sony/ATV Songs LLC. Nashville, Tennessee

Volunteers, you make all our troubles disappear -
And we cherish you please have no fears,
Cause we believe in volunteers.

Suddenly, we do twice the work we used to do.
It's because you're always here on cue.
Oh, volunteers, we do need you.

Don't you ever go.
Hope you know
We want you near.
We say with this song
You belong
Here, volunteers.

Volunteers, stick around us and we'll give three cheers
Hope this song has made it very clear
That we believe in volunteers.

"We Love You"
To the tune of "She Loves You"
Original words and music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Copyright: Gil Music Corporation. New York, New York.

We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
We love you,
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

You are our volunteers
And we see you everyday.
It's you we're thinking of
When we stand right up and say;
We say we love you!
And you know that can't be bad.
Yes we love you
Cause you know you make us glad!

Oooooooooo
We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
We love you,
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

With all the things you do
You're often on our minds.
We want the world to know
So we're going to post some signs
That say we love you,
And you know that can't be bad.
Yes we love you
Cause you know you make us glad!

Oooooooooo
We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
We love you,
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

"Let Us Give You a Hand"
To the tune of "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
Original words and music by John Lennon & Paul McCartney. Copyright: Northern Songs Ltd. London, England.

Oh, yeah, we'll show you something
We hope you'll understand.
Applause is that something -
Let us give you a hand
Let us give you a hand
Let us give you a hand!

Oh please, don't be shy
You're really in demand.
And please, don't deny
That you deserve a hand.
Let us give you a hand
Let us give you a hand!

Each time you come here
We let go with three cheers!
We are so grateful that you're our
Volunteers.
Volunteers
Volunteers!

Yeah, you've got that rare something
Makes you do all you can.
When we see that rare something
We must give you a hand.
We must give you a hand
Let us give you a hand!

(Much applause)

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