There's Nothing Like the Bean!

Video courtesy of John Abel, UT Martin
Photos courtesy of Parks Wells, Tennessee Soybean Office

Honoring the Tennessee Soybean Festival and soybean producers everywhere.

As heard on WCMT 1410 AM in Martin, TN.
First introduced on the Good Time in the Morning radio program with Chris and Paul on August 28, 2008. First live radio performance with Jim Byford on September 9, 2009.

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Original soybean festival jingle (circa 1995) by Jim Byford

Words and Music by Jim Byford and Larry Holder

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(verse 1)
You'll find 'em growing in the farmers' fields
Across West Tennessee
They bring new life to rural towns
They feed our economy
Brazil to Argentina
Arkansas to the eastern shore
Millions and millions of acres growing
But the world keeps wanting more!

(Chorus)
Yes, three cheers for the Soybean
Hero of the land
From humblest beginnings
To making life so grand
Well it's got a million uses
Beats all you've ever seen
When it comes to crops, my friend
There's nothing like the bean... Soybean!

(verse 2)
You can grind 'em, you can crush 'em
You can suck out all the oil
And you can feed what's left to cattle
And they'll smack their lips for more
You can feed 'em, or you can eat 'em
Or you can make a million things
From diesel fuel to kids' Crayons
From soap to plastic rings!

(Chorus)
Yes, three cheers for the Soybean
Hero of the land
From humblest beginnings
To making life so grand
Well it's got a million uses
Beats all you've ever seen
When it comes to crops, my friend
There's nothing like the bean... Soybean!

(verse 3)
So gaze out 'cross the farmers' fields
Throughout West Tennessee
Behold the crop that brings such hope
To folks like you and me.
I guess to sum the whole thing up
Sounds crazy, but it's true:
The soybean is a miracle
From God to me and you!

(Chorus)
Yes, three cheers for the Soybean
Hero of the land
From humblest beginnings
To making life so grand
Well it's got a million uses
Beats all you've ever seen
When it comes to crops, my friend
There's nothing like the bean... Soybean!

Song & (P) 2008 Jim Byford and Larry Holder.
Larry Holder Music (ASCAP)

Photos credit: USDA
www.ers.usda.gov/Data/CostsAndReturns/Images/Soybean94c3946.jpg

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