Almira

Almira

From the EC250 musical ON NATIONAL ROAD.

The song is sung by a young tourist visiting Ellicott City today who climbs a hillside overlooking the town’s Main Street to tour the restored ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute. Once there she is surprised and a little puzzled when she learns more about the women who served as the school’s principal–Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps
Performed by Katie Brooks | Lyrics: Ellen Nibali | Music: Ellen Nibali & Kevin Crouch
Released: 2022. Track 1. Genre: Classical.

LYRICS:

ALMIRA

Almira, you frowned on finishing schools for girls, that (Spoken)

Stunted young lives just begun,
A gilded cage where songs were sung,
And French was spoken with permission.
Needlework sewed up a web,
That tied up girls lives instead.
You wanted equal education.

Refrain:
Almira, you had a vision.
You could see what others could not see.
Almira, you made a difference.
You could see a way that life should be.

Almira! At Patapsco Female Institute,
You built a school of high repute.
Botany, chemistry on this very hill.
Not just to make a better cook!
You turned your lectures into books,
The rigorous academics we learn still.

But,
Almira, what were you thinking?
You supported the Union and tried to save Lincoln,
Yet, you opposed abolition!
You declared slavery a fatal curse,
Then hired slaves. Did that make it worse?
Almira, you are making my head spin

Almira, you had a vision.
You could see what others could not see.
Almira, you made a difference.
You could see a way that life should be.

But,
Almira, how could you be so blind?
You opposed suffrage! Were you out of your mind?
You joined the anti-suffrage association.
You fought against our right to vote!
Then worked a lifetime to promote,
A woman’s equal education.

Almira, you make me crazy!
Though what to us is clear, to you was hazy.
You were progressive, innovative for your time.
No one sees it all.
Everyone stumbles. Everyone falls.
I’m glad I took this day to make this climb.

Almira! Almira!
Almira, you had a little sliver of a wider vision.
You could see what others could not see.
Almira, you made a difference,
Because you saw a way
Because you saw a way,
Because you saw a way that life should be.

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