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Saint Ann Catholic Church

Warsaw, Missouri

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We Thank You Lord, By Father Dennis Schaab, November 25, 1993

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For humming birds and bumble bees
For dandylions and autumn leaves
For Mickey Mouse and Boston Pops
For Bill Shakespeare and Keystone Cops
 
For our great country and this small world
For grandma’s smile and little girls curls
For fish frys and hot dogs and turkey in the oven
For love in our hearts and hope for a heaven
 
For Bethlehm’s babe and the breaking of bread
For sharing the cup and the Word we’ve read
For the cross on the hill and the Easter light
We thank you Lord with all our might
 
Here Mastadon roamed, then Indian tribes
Where rivers combine and high bluffs preside
The end of the line for the big paddlewheel
Then ferries give way to swinging bridges of steel
 
From Berry Bend and Old Bucksaw, Knobby and Tightwad
From Climax Springs and Racket, (all names so odd)
Down Tebo and Grand, Sterrit and Osage
Drawn by the crossing or to earn a fair wage
 
Come Shawnee and trapper, then settler and trader
Some locals then turned into Civil War raiders
Two dams are build but the growth they’ve brought
Has not ruined the life the old chief has taught
 
To Truman’s overlook and Kaysinger Bluff
Come families in camper and antique buff
In his red flannel shirt the retired working man
Greets gun carver from his trusty old van
 
This once river port and still place of crossing
Lures grandma and grandpa with its twin offerings
The woods and the lakes the hills and the hollows
Brought us to Warsaw and more will follow
 
Bagnels big bucks draw traffic and shopping
The true nature lover can get much more housing
At Truman - the new lake with shores all protected
Or Ozark the old lake where such laws are rejected
 
History has brought to the joining of lakes
A mixture of people and the story they make
Reported from 98 midst country and western
Recorded in Enterprise by Jab in his turn

Refrain

For Humming birds and bumble bees
For dandylions and autumn leaves
For Mickey Mouse and Boston Pops
For bill Shakespeare and Keystone Cops
 
For our great country and this small world
For grandma’s smile and little girls curls
For fish frys and hot dogs and turkey in the oven
For love in our hearts and hope for a heaven
 
For Bethlehm’s babe and the breaking of bread
For sharing the cup and the Word we’ve read
For the cross on the hill and the Easter light
We thank you Lord with all our might
 
The sun creeps up and we wait in a blind
Heart on hold looking, listening for luck of a kind
For a turkey to come or a 10 point buck
To take home proudly in the pickup truck
 
The stands are crammed with screaming fans
The cheerleaders bounce and wave their hands
Everyone everywhere makes the loud call
Go Wildcats go! Hurrah for football
 
After Heritage Days comes the Festival of Lights
The swinging bridge’s outline brightens the night
The campers and motor homes seek warmer places
And natives are left with snow and cold facts
 
Pussy willow, mushroom, dogwood and redbud
To snag big paddle fish, toss and try, toss and try
The robins and martins come home to nest
And Jubilee brings back our fair weather guests
 
The July fireworks produce an eye hymn
The heat and water call to ski and to swim
The crappie and catfish chase after the shad
And are caught in their turn with luck good and bad
 
Refrain
 
For humming birds and bumble bees
For dandylions and autumn leaves
For Mickey Mouse and Boston Pops
For Bill Shakespeare and Keystone Cops
 
For our great country and this small world
For grandma’s smile and little girls curls
For fish frys and hot dogs and turkey in the oven
For love in our hearts and hope for a heaven
 
For Bethlehm’s babe and the breaking of bread
For sharing the cup and the Word we’ve read
For the cross on the hill and the Easter light
We thank you Lord with all our might
[WTYL-FD]