Three Ring Government - E10

Episode 10 "Three Ring Government"

Singer: Lynn Ahrens

Song Writer: Bob Dorough

Original Air Date: February 3, 1979

This song uses a three-ring circus to show how the three branches check and balance the powers of the United States Government.


Going to have a three-ring circus someday

People will say it's a fine one, son

Going to have a three-ring circus someday

People will come from miles around

Lions, tigers, acrobats, and jugglers and clowns galore

Tightrope walkers, pony riders, elephants, and so much more


Guess I got the idea right here at school

Felt like a fool when they called my name

Talking about the government and how it's arranged

Divided in three like a circus

Ring one, Executive

Two is Legislative, that's Congress

Ring three, Judiciary

See it's kind of like my circus, circus


Step right up and visit ring number one

The show's just begun, meet the President

I am here to see that the laws get done

The ringmaster of the government


On with the show!


Hurry, hurry, hurry to ring number two

See what they do in the Congress

Passing laws and juggling bills

Oh, it's quite a thrill in the Congress


Focus your attention on ring number three

The Judiciary's in the spotlight

The courts take the law and they tame the crimes

Balancing the wrongs with your rights


No one part can be

More powerful than any other is

Each controls the other you see

And that's what we call checks and balances


Well, everybody's act is part of the show

And no one's job is more important

The audience is kind of like the country you know

Keeping and eye on their performance


Ring one, Executive

Two is Legislative, that's Congress

Ring three, Judiciary

See it's kind of like my circus, circus


Going to have a three-ring circus someday

People will say it's a fine one, son

But until I get it, I'll do my thing

With government, it's got three rings