Watch the music video below. Pay close attention to the lyrics of the song. You may have to listen to it more a couple of times. You may also find it helpful to refer back to your book, pages 44-47. Hopefully it all sounds familiar to you.

  • Who are the characters in this video? Name as many as you can.
  • Who is the singer referring to when he says "It's too late to apologize"?
  • What is this song all about? Name three or four specific things that the singer talks about in the song.
Christian Goolsby-2
10/14/2013 9:22pm

The characters in this video are the founders of our country, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Alexander Hamilton are all the names I can think of right now. When the singer says," it's too late to apologize", he is referring to the king and his outrageous acts against the peoples rights. Taxation without representation, the quartering of soldiers, and going against the magna carta, the English bill of rights, and The petition of rights. The song is going against the near tyranny that the monarch was casting over the colonies. With that tyranny came the attack of our natural rights. This song is about our revolution overall, and some pretty cool chords going down on the guitar; but mainly about the revolution.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 7:24pm

Great analysis Christian, I wouldn't expect anything less from you. Which of the outrageous acts against the colonies do think was the worst?

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Christian Goolsby
10/22/2013 8:31pm

I think that the taxing was outrageous of course but when they started to use brute force to try and enforce rules is what really got to me

Noah Ganfield
10/15/2013 7:41pm

Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Adams and Alexander Hamilton are a few of the people around the table.. Its to late for the king to apologize and try to get the colonists to come back and be under his rule they have moved on without him. Also he cant apologize for the outrageous taxes and unfair acts against the colonists. The song is about how the colonists are standing on new ground and they cant hear the kings rules from all the way over here. They talk about how they have made there own constitution and are governing themselves from now on. It also talks about the natural rights that the King cannot take away such as life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 7:26pm

Very well done! Good job on picking out the part about being on new ground.

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MirandaL -1
10/15/2013 8:36pm

1. The characters where the founding fathers, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and James madison.
2. The singer is telling the king that it is to late to say sorry, because the damage is already done, by him taking away their rights and taxing them. They are going to fight for their independance no matter what. They are not going to turn back to him and go under his rule anymore.
3. The song is all about how citizens hace moved to new ground and have started over for the best of themselves. The song talks about how the development of the Consitution provided citizens with natural rights, which led to life, liberty , and persuite of happiness.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 7:28pm

Very nice. Did the colonists ever give the King a chance to fix the wrongs done to the colonies? What did it say at the end of the Declaration of Independence?

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LoganS - 1
10/15/2013 10:02pm

In the video were the characters: Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, John Adams, Sam Adams, King George III
The singer is referring to the fact that the king is not at all remorseful about forcing different acts on the colonists and doesn't care about their opinion. Even if he did, it would be too late for him to apologize for it.
This song is about: the King of England not being fair to the colonists. That he taxes them without their representation in his government. There is no economic freedom granted by him and no personal liberties granted by him either. He continued to pass various acts that reduced their freedoms. The colonists believed he was stepping on their certain, unalienable rights. Those rights included life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 7:32pm

Good job Logan. Do you think it was wrong for the King to want to collect taxes from the colonies?

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Leah n 2
10/16/2013 7:57am

1.The people in this video are Benjamin Franklin, sad Adams, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson , kind George III, and James Madison.
2. The singer is the king saying that all the damage was done and its to late to apologize be aide he already screwed up by taxing them. Try are trying to gain independence and nothing is going to stop them.
3. The song is about how the king isn't fair to his people and he taxes them without their say.he didn't give them life, liberty or property so they were going to fight for it. They had absolutely no economic freedom so the people were fighting for their rights.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 7:34pm

Good response Leah. One question, the King is the singer of the song? You may want to give it another listen.

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Ali T - 1st hour
10/16/2013 2:17pm

The characters in the video are Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and the king.
When the singer says “it’s too late to apologize” he is referring to the fact that it is too late for the king to make things right. The damage has already been done and the colonists have decided that they will no longer be under his rule.
The song is about the colonists claiming their independence from the king. They wanted a government that would protect their unalienable rights, provide fair trials, and wouldn’t tax them without representation.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 7:36pm

Well done. Why was taxation without representation bad?

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CheyenneK-2
10/16/2013 5:11pm

1. The characters in the video are the people who signed the Declaration of Independence. Some of them seem to resemble Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams. There are probably others.
2. When he says "it's too late to apologize," the singer probably means that Britain had pushed the colonies too far, they were now going to be independent to avoid more injustice, and it was too late for the King to apologize for his wrong doings (such as: imposing taxes without consent, cutting off trade, quartering troops among the colonies, and refusing to pass certain laws)
3. The song is mainly about the grievances that were the reasons why the colonists decided to create the Declaration. The lyrics specifically mention no fair trials, no trade, no liberties, and the acts (stamp act, sugar act, etc.).

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Scheel
10/17/2013 7:42pm

Well said Cheyenne. Did the Declaration say anything about grievances?

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TylerZ-5
10/16/2013 6:27pm

- The characters in the video are the founding fathers, including Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington, and some more.

-The singer is referring to the King when he says, "It's too late to apologize", because the King had abused his power and become corrupt. He put outstanding taxes on the colonies and made unfair laws for them without their consent, pushing them to the point of no return.

-The song is mainly about the corrupt articles that were set up and how the colonies are going to make their own government and laws. The song also talks about how the colonies are going to uprise because the king has become too corrupt to fix his mistakes like taxing without representation, quartering soldiers, and going against the magna carta.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 7:44pm

Good job Tyler. How did the King go against the Magna Carta?

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LindaD- 5
10/16/2013 8:14pm

1) The characters were the founders, James Madison, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington.. And more but that is all I got.
2) When the singer says "its to late to apologize," he means that he is talking about the actions the king made about peoples rights and taxing them. That he cannot fix himself what he caused so its to late for him to apologize.
3) The song is about how the king is not fair to the people and colonies. Life, liberty, and persuade of happiness wasn't fair so they were going to fight for it and make what the want happen.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 7:48pm

Linda, why were the colonists so mad about being taxed?

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BrendanL-5
10/16/2013 8:15pm

1. The characters shown in the video are the founding fathers of the Declaration, they are Ben Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington, the man in the white wig was the King of England at the time.

2. The singer is talking to the King of England when he sings, "It's too late to apologize." He sings this because the King has done to many things to be forgiven by the people so it is no use for him to apologize because they are creating their own country. The singer is telling the King that he messed up by taxing, violating their rights, and disrespecting the reason they left England in the first place for, and is putting his foot down over the bridge of tyranny.

3. The song is about all of the things that the king did to force the Colonies to seperate from England. Some of the things mentioned in the song is that there was no fair trial, the Colonies could not trade with anyone else, the taxes that he put on tea, sugars, and stamps, all of the acts he made like quartering soldiers,and such, the last thing he mentioned was the unalienable rights they were going to have like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 7:49pm

Nice analysis Brendan. Who gave us the idea of unalienable rights?

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Micah S-1
10/16/2013 9:30pm

1. The characters in this video are the founding fathers of america, Benjamin Franklin , James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams,
2. When it says "its too late to apologize", its referring to King George III, its too late because he already taxed them and took away rights. Also that they don't want to be under his rule anymore.
3. The singer talks about the colonies wanting to be independant, and to have No Taxation without representation, a government to protect their unalienable rights, and quartering soldiers.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 7:51pm

Micah, did the colonists ever give the King a chance to fix his mistakes?

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Jacob B-1
10/16/2013 10:10pm

1. The characters in this video are the founding fathers of America, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, John Adams, and Sam Adams. King George III of England is also shown.

2. The singer is referring to the fact that the what the King has done to the colonists is too much, and that he will not be forgiven or allowed to do these things anymore, such as taxing the colonists without representation, quartering troops, cutting off trade, and many others. The colonists are done with everything he has done, and they are ready to declare independence from him.

3.This song is about all the things the King has done to force the colonists to separate and become independent. The song includes lyrics about how there are no fair trials, no trade, no liberties, no tea, and that the colonists will not stand for tyranny.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 7:53pm

Nice job Jacob. What was the big deal with quartering soldiers?

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JoelD-1
10/17/2013 5:21pm

1.The characters featured in this video were the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton, and also King George lll of Great Britain.
2.When the singer says that"It's too late to apologize", he is saying that the colonists had tried many times to resolve their issues with Britain, but the time had come where they had to break apart completely.
3.The king had repeatedly been increasing taxes on the colonists, making them quarter troops in their own homes, and reducing fair trials for the colonists.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 7:55pm

Joel, why did the colonists hate being taxed so much? We're okay with being taxed now, what's different?

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LeaZ-1
10/17/2013 6:05pm

1-Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton, and also King George lll
2- He is referring to how the king was given many opportunities to fix they way he was governing the colonist. Its too late because they have decided it was better to split apart than to be governed by Britain.
3- They increasing of taxes when they had no say in them, they fact that they had no fair trial, the trade was cut off from the rest of the world, an that their rights as humans were not being supported with how the government was being ran. They used all these to support their decision on separating from Great Britain.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 8:04pm

Nice analysis of the song and the situation the colonists faced.

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FionaN-1
10/17/2013 7:10pm

Many people are represented in the video, such as King George III, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and John Hancock. The video is all about the reasons the Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence, and therefore they are talking to King George III. The singer cites the Stamp Act, Sugar Act, and the Townshend Act as reasons for their dissent. The video also says that their right to a fair trial was taken away, along with other basic rights. The king had done so much wrong against the colonist that there was no way to amend those wrongs, giving reason to the creation of the Declaration of Independence.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 8:06pm

Good job Fiona. Are the complaints of the colonists written anywhere in the Declaration?

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Jacob domagalski
10/17/2013 7:15pm

The people colonized in America could not take the taxes, restrictions on trading, unfair trials, and lack of liberties. So delegates got together from the thirteen colonis to make the Declaration of Independence. This would state that these colonies want certain things and do not wish to be under the rule of king George III.
Among the people in the video were Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, John Adams, and Samuel Adams.
These key people when using the line "it's to late to apologize" where talking about king George and how the people would not stand for such out rageous regulations and restrictions. Meaning people have natural rights and king George crossed the line (that is disrupting those rights) and people were not happy

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Scheel
10/17/2013 8:08pm

Nice job Jacob!

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Saranda B-1
10/17/2013 7:15pm

1. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton.
2. He's saying that the king could of stop taxing them but did not so its too late to do anything else about it.
3. The songs saying how the king taxed the people and how he did not give them the right to life, liberty, or property.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 8:09pm

Saranda, why were the taxes imposed by the king such a big deal. Don't we have taxes today? What is different?

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Nick R-1
10/17/2013 7:19pm

1- The five characters i recognized were Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton.
2- When the singer says "Its to late to apologize" he is talking about the king and how he kept abusing his power and the people even after the people tried stopping him. They are now their own country and they are basically saying that they are not coming back.
3- Some things the singer talks about is how they are now halfway across the globe and on their own new land away from the king, how they don't agree with the taxes and rules from the king, and how men are created equal with certain unalienable rights.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 8:11pm

Nick, were there any documents or agreements that were supposed to keep the king from abusing power?

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AdamW-1
10/17/2013 7:20pm

1. The people in the video were some of the founding fathers of America. Some of them include Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, John Adams, Sam Adams, and King George III who was from Great Britain.
2. The singer is referring to King George III who was taxing them, and constricting the people of the colonies in many ways. The people of the colonies then decided to split from Britain.
3. The song is about the colonies breaking away from Great Britain. Things mentioned in the song include taxes that King George III imposed on them, that they didn't have enough rights (life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness). Other things include the fact that King George III won't listen to the people of the colonies, and that that they don't want to be ruled by a tyrant.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 8:13pm

Adam, is there a document where we can see a list of the complaints of the colonists against Great Britain?

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Kat O-1
10/17/2013 7:22pm

1. The characters in the video are Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock.

2. The singer is referring to the King when he says, "it's too late to apologize" because the King can't change what he has done such as impose taxes without consent.

3. This song is about the unfairness of the King. The singer talked about the citizens wanting their basic rights, fair trial, and no taxing without representation.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 8:14pm

Good job Kat. What might make a trial fair?

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Hannah H-2
10/17/2013 7:23pm

1. Some of the characters resemble Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton and Kind George III.
2. When the singer is saying its too late to apologize he is saying that the king had already messed up their relationship by giving the colonists unreasonable taxes and unfair laws and the colonists were fed up with it and didn't want to be a part of England anymore. Their relationship was ruined.
3. The song was about the grievances that the colonists had against the king and how they created the Declaration of Independence which included all of the liberties that they wanted to be guaranteed. Some examples are that the colonists before the constitution had no fair trials, unfair taxation, no trade, and their natural rights weren't protected.

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Scheel
10/17/2013 8:18pm

Very well done Hannah!

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Corinn Palmer 5th
10/17/2013 8:25pm

1.) Some of the people involved in this video are Ben Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Thomas Jefferson.
2.) When the singer says "it's too late to apologize" he is referring to the king, George lll. He is saying this because king George took away the citizens natural rights and they were not happy about it.
3.) This song is about all the delegates from each of the 13 colonies coming together to create the Declaration of Independence. The citizens did not want to be under the rule of the king. They had their natural rights taken away. They had no liberties, restrictions on trading and were taxed. They did not agree with this at all, thus creating the Declaration of Independence.

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Nick H-2
10/17/2013 8:30pm

1 Some people that were in this video are John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin and King George III.
2. The king is saying that it to late to apologize because the colonies have forgot about the king because he has done to many thing to hurting the colonist.
3. The song is about how the colonist got treated by the king. One way it that there no fair trails they get taxed on to much stuff also didn't get there right protected and they had to quarter soldiers.

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Duane k-2
10/17/2013 10:25pm

1. George Washington, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams and Alexander Hamilton
2. He is saying that it is too late for the king to apologize to them because he has already taken away the rights they are born with.
3. The song talks about how people are born with given rights and the king took them away and the king also had unfair taxation and no trade so representatives from the 13 colonies come together to form the decleration of independence.

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JessalynW-1
10/17/2013 10:44pm

The characters in this video included Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Sam Adams, John Hancock, King George III and John Adams.
When the singer says, "It's too late to apologize," he is referring to King George III.
The song is about the colonists breaking away from the monarch. Under the rule of the King, there were no fair trials, trade, or protection of certain unalienable rights.

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Hannah H-5th
10/17/2013 10:47pm

1). The characters in the video were King George III, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Alexander Hamiltion, all people who set up the Declaration of Independence and were our founding fathers, except for King George of Course.
2.) The singer is referring to King George III when he says it's too late to apologize, because the founding father's have had enough of the King's unfair taxation without representation and not treating the colonies like real and equal men. At this point the colonists are so fed up with the king nothing he could do could change their minds from declaring independence.
3.) The song talks about how the king of England and is not helping the colonies or treating them fairly. The song mentions specifically no trade, and taxes on everything including stamps and tea. The song includes how all men were created with certain unalienable rights that the king could not restrict. Also the song states that their were unfair trials and they were across the world with unfair representation.

The ending of this video was not what I was expecting lol.

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Christian Balmaceda - 2
10/18/2013 5:24am

1.) The men in this video are our founding fathers and some of them are Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson , King George III, James Madison, and John Hancock.
2.) The singer is referring to King George and how he abused his power.
3.) They mention how they want representation with taxes, they have unalienable rights, wanted fair trial, and wanted trade.

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Mike Van Valkenburg 1st
10/18/2013 6:17am

1. The characters in this video are the founding fathers of our country names as Ben Franklin, Sam Adams. John Adams, Alexander Hamilton and john Hancock , James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.
2. The singer is referring to the king George due to him taking the natural rights of the people away.
3. The song refers to why the colonist wanted to break free things like no taxing without representing, also fair trial and fair trade, also they're unfair rights they have.

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Jacob Mason
10/18/2013 7:52am

Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Adams and Alexander Hamilton are the people at the table, and I think that the singer is referring to King George, and how its too late to lift the taxes, as the revolution had already began. The song is talking about how the king unfairly taxed the colonists,And how the colonists wanted fair trade, and their unalienable rights.

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xaina m.
10/20/2013 7:13pm

The singer is paul revere or thomas jefferson, one of the most well known founding fathers. They are sing to the king of england informimg him how fed up they are with his unfair ways and cocky attitude. They are expressing they dont like his unfair taxation and hisoverall mis treatment of their people.

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