We All Rely on Ely                 Words and Music by Bill Pere

Eli Whitney was a bright young man who saw things in new ways
He invented tools that give us things that we use every day
He went to school at Yale, was determined not to fail
Eli needs no introduction; He developed mass production
We all rely on things he did invent...

He gave us more than we could have gotten out of cotton
If he'd forgotten how to look at it a brand new way
And it's a fact that he's the father of the modern factory,
We all rely on Eli...

At  the age of twelve he made himself a violin
Later as a young man he made a cotton gin
With rapid speed, remove the fiber from the seed
Set up shop in old New Haven, with the time that he was savin'
He was thinking of new places no one went...

He gave us more than we could have gotten out of cotton
If he'd forgotten how to look at it a brand new way
And it's a fact that he's the father of the modern factory,
We all rely on Eli...

The government had asked him to make five hundred guns
Up till then, people had to make them one by one
He invented a new way to make a hundred in a day
New kinds of factory tools, he was nobody's fool,
He knew what mass production really meant...

He gave us more than we could have gotten out of cotton
If he'd forgotten how to look at it a brand new way
And it's a fact that he's the father of the modern factory,
We all rely on Eli...  

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