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Published on Sep 11, 2010
Inspired by the 1978 disco hit "I Will Survive", the lyrics were rewritten to proclaim support for libraries, particularly under the stress of tight budgets. It begins with a send-up of a typically hectic day in the life of a professional librarian.
When the budget was first slashed, I was petrified How to do my job With my new printer denied? Then I ran off a few more They didn't look too wrong The streaks are long But we'll just have to get along
So we step back In the library's base Approving fewer, but better programs Without disgrace Should we stop inviting authors? Should we buy condensed books? Pretty sure that the homeschoolers Would just give us dirty looks
Come on now, walk, in our door Just wander around now You are welcome to explore Did you think we'd stop reading to your kids? We still want them To learn about the pyramids
We'll advise! Alphabetize! For as long as we have patrons Libraries will stay alive We've got computers spread throughout And so much to check out We'll survive We will survive Hey hey
It took lots of hard work To stand this budget squeeze Trying hard to mend the pieces of your DVDs I drove oh so many miles Just feeling sorry for myself We used to worry But we'll be better in a hurry
For us a crisis Is nothing new Just bring these items back by The date that they are due Check out new releases Wonders to behold But I'm saving this one for the patron Who has placed the hold
Come on now, stroll, in our door Check us out now Take a book down to the shore What do you think about this whole manga craze? All I know is they Make some really cute displays
Come to learn! Something new! For as long as you want Just go online to renew We've got meeting space for groups From D.A.R. to Boy Scout Troops We'll survive We will survive Hey hey
So come on now, walk in our door Find inspiration and knowledge How-to books to ancient lore We still think libraries are the epitome of cool To do a job search Or get some help with school
And now we've built Something new! From now into the future Libraries will stay true We've got a mission to uphold Just watch our tale unfold We'll survive We will survive Hey hey