The Dandelion Song
©Linda Allen, Kristin and Jennifer Allen-Zito 1989
Written in June for Madilane Perry

Well, flowers come in green and pink and red
And they sleep all day in their little flower beds
But the little dandelion grows wild and free
With her uncles and her cousins and the whole family
Dandy, dandy, dandy, dandy dandelion
There's something pretty dandy 'bout you
Dandy, dandy, dandy dandy dandelion
I wish that there were more of you

First I make a wish, then I blow real hard
And the little dandelions blow all over the yard
And I wait and I hope for my wish to come true
Guess there's only so much a dandelion can do CHORUS

Now in 1800 things were bleak and bare
Not a little dandelion anywhere
But Cathy Maynard knew that dandelions cure
So she brought them to Washington, and we thank her CHORUS

Some people think that dandelions are a pest
But I think that dandelions are the best
Dandelions, don't you know, are really cool
And dandelion haters should go back to school CHORUS

You can make them into necklaces and bracelets too
You can decorate your laces to tie your shoe
You can make them into salad greens or dandelion tea
That's why dandelions are for me CHORUS 2X

Notes:
My daughters, Jennifer and Kristin (ages 12 and 9), rode with me
to a concert in Everett. On the way there, I told them about
Catherine Maynard's alleged contribution to Washington's history.
We created this song together over the next hour in the car, and
sang it together at the concert.