Learn about the Silk Road through this historical educational song about the history of Ancient China. The silk road transformed trade from China to Eastern Europe and allowed for an exchange of goods, ideas, and cultures from around the world. Check out this educational song and video about the basics of the silk road and how this time period transformed the spread of ideas.

To be used by students for studying or by teachers as a supplemental classroom resource.

Lyrics:

CHORUS:
Trade route, from China to Europe
Generating trade for empires and kingdoms
Helped to spread ideas
And inventions and products, commerce and culture
Across most of the world
Merchants with products traded on the Silk Road

VERSE 1:
Merchants on the Silk Road trading
Move goods from Europe to Asia
Raiding bandits, crossing deserts and mountains
It’s worth it, exotic goods worth a fortune
From Europe, these goods were surplus:
Grape, wine, glassware, olive oil
Traded east where the goods, couldn’t get them, they were rare
Along with trading products they spread culture and ideas

Silk and spices
China had the best there is
Silk, known for softness
And cherished by the Romans
China’s goods were luxury
Trips were long, cargo heavy
How should we travel? A caravan
Which animals? Handful of camels
Bring the guards, to fend off bandits

CHORUS:
Trade route, from China to Europe
Generating trade for empires and kingdoms
Helped to spread ideas
And inventions and products, commerce and culture
Across most of the world
Merchants with products traded on the Silk Road

VERSE 2:
Started back in the Han Dynasty
Established routes over land and sea
Fast forward, fourteen centuries on though
Marco Polo went east on the Silk Road
But new sea routes, Europe to Asia
Quicker, cheaper minimizing all the danger
After this, trading over land ended swiftly
But the spread of ideas lives on in history

Original recording date: April 2018

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