This is Lee Greenwood, the composer of the song, singing CHARACTER COUNTS!
Scroll down to sing along with Waterbury's version. (Both might play at once,
so pause the one you don't want to hear.)
The world is moving fast,and there's so much to do.
So making good decisions depends on you.
Use self-control, and always do your best
'Cause what you do can be an example for the rest.
Character Counts for every one,
Family and friends, daughter and son.
A good reputation is hard to protect,
and nasty bad habits can lose respect.
If you want to be admired by everyone,
Then start by improving on number one.
Character Counts in all you do!
It can lift you up, and it can see you through!
Obey the rules and stay in school.
Don't take a job unless you see it through.
When someone is down, offer a helping hand
Don't take advantage; take a stand!
Be a good citizen and cooperate.
We can make a difference; it's not too late.
Be considerate of others, and show you care.
Be a role model, treat everybody fair.
Character Counts and America's free!
But doing what's right is your responsibility!
Character Counts! Character Counts!