You, Me, and All of the Above

Chicago I Will

03:10
Kristin Lems
2015
Kristin Lems

Story

words and music by Kristin Lems

© 2015 Kleine Ding Music (BMI)

I entered a contest for a Chicago song with this song. They decided against having a winner, but I have a very nice autographed letter from Mayor Washington from that time. As a fifth generation Chicagoan on my mom’s side (well, OK, I’m 2 blocks from the border!), I hear my long-suffering ancestors, along with Old Cap Streeter and all the others, singing at the top of their lungs!

 

Lyrics

1. Set like a jewel on Lake Michigan's shore

We see you and know what a great city's for

I'll sing you this song for the dreams you've fulfilled

If you ask me, Chicago I will

2. From days of DuSable till the railroads were laid

You're a center of progress, a center of trade

Your history, your mystery still make my heart thrill

If you ask me, Chicago I will

3. So many people from so many lands

Have come with a vision and offered their hands

You grew from their courage, they strengthen you still

If you ask me, Chicago, I will

4. Great people, great movements have come through and gone

And through all the changes, you keep rollin on

Your people's ideals, they strengthen you still

If you ask me, Chicago, I will

5. This much is for certain, wherever I roam

Sweet home Chicago, you'll always be home

We'll grow old together, I'll love you until

You ask me Chicago, I will

I'll love you for now and I'll love you until

You ask me, Chicago, I will.

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