it’s me who builds community

This song has always been a classic with us, inside and outside our children’s classes. It’s performed with actions: point out “me”, “you”, “we”, alternate putting one fist on top of the other at “build community”, make rolling motions with the arms at “roll over…”, etc.

Video

This is a slightly different version of the song than we sing—the words are a little different, but the melody is mostly the same.

Lyrics

It’s me, it’s me, it’s me who builds commu-ni-ty. (x4)

Roll over the ocean, roll over the sea, come and do your part to build community. (x2)

It’s you, it’s you, it’s you who builds commu-ni-ty. (x4)

Roll over the ocean, roll over the sea, come and do your part to build community. (x2)

It’s we, it’s we, it’s we who build commu-ni-ty. (x4)

Roll over the ocean, roll over the sea, come and do your part to build community. (x2)

It’s me, it’s you, it’s we who build commu-ni-ty. (x4)

Roll over the ocean, roll over the sea, come and do your part to build community. (x2)

Variations

  • Some versions of this song use “It’s I,… / It’s you,… / It’s we,…” for grammatical consistency, or even the more grammatically correct “It’s me,… / It’s you,… / It’s we,…”. If your class has a strong ESL or English-language focus, you may wish to use those versions. We use the version above simply because it rhymes and sounds better.
  • Many other versions of this song exist, with any number of “participants” who build community. We like our version because it’s short, and because it still goes along well with the recent guidance of the Universal House of Justice, which places such a great importance on the spiritual empowerment of individuals.

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