In October 2012, a group of fourth-grade students from Harlem's Democracy Prep Public Schools wrote and performed a song encouraging people to get out and vote in the 2012 election. Their song, "Vote for Somebody," was sung to the tune of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." Their song encouraged people to vote for anyone they chose, but just to get out and make their voice heard, with lyrics such as, "It's time again now to speak to what your nation needs, and time to challenge your beliefs. The power is yours today."
The "Vote for Somebody" video was a YouTube smash, being viewed more than 430,000 times. The prep school kids are back at it again with a new video, "Inauguration of a Dream: Choice and Voice in Harlem." The new song is sung to the tune of the Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back."
Here's a sample of some of the lyrics for the song: "November 6th we had a vote, to elect a president. Democrats and Republicans prepared for this moment. But one man was elected, voting was all it took. Now we inaugurate on January 21st. Obama, you've got four more years to be our 44th president."
So who are these talented young singers and dancers? These are just a handful of the 2,000 students enrolled in the Democracy Prep network of schools that teach kindergarten through 12th grade. The motto of "Work hard. Go to college. Change the World," is what drives these students to accomplish their goals.
The new video is being well-received, with one viewer commenting, "Excellent! You are an inspiration to other students." Another viewer commented, "What great singing, dancing and enthusiasm! I think these kids will go far."