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Nine Gold Medals

from Exact Change by Sandy Cash

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Music and Lyrics by David Roth, posted by permission


The athletes had come from all over the country
To run for the gold, for the silver and bronze
Many the weeks and the months of their training
All coming down to these games
The spectators gathered around the old field
For cheering on all the young women and men
As the final event of the day was approaching
Excitement grew high to begin

The blocks were all lined up for those who would use them
The hundred yard dash was the race to be run
There were nine resolved athletes in back of the starting line
Poised for the sound of the gun

The signal was given the pistol exploded
And so did the runners, all charging ahead
But the smallest among them he stumbled and staggered
And fell to the asphalt instead
He gave out a cry in frustration and anguish
His dreams and his efforts all dashed in the dirt
But as sure as I’m standing here telling this story
The same goes for what next occurred
The eight other runners pulled up on their heels
The ones who’d been training so long to compete
One by one they all turned round and went back to help him
And brought the young boy to his feet

Then all the nine runners joined hands and continued
The hundred yard dash now reduced to a walk
And the banner above that said “Special Olympics
Could not have been more on the mark
That’s how the race ended with nine gold medals
They came to the finish line holding hands still
And a standing ovation and nine beaming faces
Say more than these words ever will
So much more than these words ever will


from Exact Change, released January 1, 2000
by David Roth/Maythelight Music/ASCAP


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Sandy Cash Israel

From the Midwest to the Middle East, American-born singer-songwriter Sandy Cash is a musical storyteller whose thoughtful – and theatrical – performance style is rooted in the songs on which she grew up back in her native Detroit.

Sandy draws on history and present-day politics, while exploring themes such as the sustaining love of family, a commitment to community, and a healthy sense of humor.
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