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Thread #89297   Message #1684841
Posted By: Jeanie
04-Mar-06 - 04:25 AM
Thread Name: anti-school songs
Subject: RE: anti-school songs
These two come from the musical play "Three Cheers for Mrs. Butler !", originally produced at the Polka Theatre for Children, featuring the poems and characters created by Allan Ahlberg in his books "Heard it in the Playground" and "Please Mrs. Butler." The songs also appear in "The Mrs. Butler Song Book."

These two are just a flavour of it. There are plenty more (e.g. about lining up to have your head searched for nits; not being picked for the school team; having to go out to play in the freezing cold while the teachers escape to the warm staffroom).

THE GRUMPY TEACHER
What shall we do with the grumpy teacher ?(x 3)
Early in the morning ?

Hang her on a hook behind the classroom door,
Tie her up and leave her in the PE store,
Make her be with Derek Drew for ever more,
Early in the morning.

Please, Miss, we're only joking,
Don't mean to be provoking,
How come your ears are smoking ?
Early in the morning.

Tickle her toes with a hairy creature,
Leave her in the jungle where the ants can reach her,
Bring her back alive to be a classroom teacher !
Early in the morning.

.....And, from the other side of the fence.....

THE MRS. BUTLER BLUES
I've got the
Teach-them-in-the-morning-
Playground duty-
Teach-them-in-the-afternoon-blues.
My head's like a drum;
My feet, cold and sore.
I'm feeling so glum,
Can't take any more.
Can't take any more.
I've got the
Teach-them-in-the-morning-
Playground-duty-
Teach-them-in-the-afternoon-blues.

I've got the
Please-Miss-Tracey's-eating-
Where's-the-hamster?-
Miss-I've-broke-my-ruler-blues.
My hair's full of chalk.
There's paint upon my dress.
It hurts when I talk,
My handbag's a mess
My handbag's a mess.
I've got the
Please-Miss-Tracey's-eating-
Where's-the-hamster?-
Miss-I've-broke-my-ruler-blues.

I've got the
Teach-them-till-I'm-weary-
Parents'-evening-
Don't-get-home-till-midnight-blues.
I know it's a job
That has to be done,
But I'd rather rob
A bank with a gun !
If you give me the gun.
I've got the
Teach-them-till-I'm-weary-
Parents'-evening-
Won't-get-home-till-midnight-blues.

I've got the teach-them-till-I'm-weary-
Hmmmm!
How'd you like to be in my shoes ?

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For anyone who is interested, the script, song score and backing CD are published by "Dramatic Lines", and the song book is available separately.

I've just started rehearsing this with a cast of 25 eleven year olds - great fun.

- jeanie