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Thread #120609   Message #2632428
Posted By: Charley Noble
15-May-09 - 08:04 AM
Thread Name: Michigan Musically Revisited (2009)
Subject: RE: LYR.ADD: Tenure Tango, The
Here's one of the first protest songs I ever collaborated on while resident in Michigan:

(Words by Clark Akatiff & Charlie Ipcar, © 1969; tune: ragtime style as in "What are We Fighting For?)

It's a cloistered place, an ivory tower;
Professors gettin' richer by the hour,
Doing the ten-ure tango:


It's one step forward, two steps back,
Moving down that tenure track,
Doing the ten-ure tango!

That tenure train is all the rage,
If you fit the tenure gauge,
Doing the tenure tango: (CHO)

Don't look forward, don't look back;
You might jump that tenure track,
Doing the tenure tango: (CHO)

Don't look left, don't look right;
Do your research every night,
Doing the tenure tango: (CHO)

Textbook here, textbook there;
Here-a-text-, there-a-text, everywhere a text, text,
Doing the tenure tango: (CHO)

We've got students from wall to wall;
Anymore come, have to stack 'em in the hall,
Doing the tenure tango: (CHO)

Leave your students in the lurch,
You can call it "Pure Research,"
Doing the tenure tango: (CHO)


This song was put together for a demonstration protesting the firing of a popular sociology professor, Bert Garskoff, at Michigan State University back in the late 1960's. The overall message does not appear to be dated.

Charley Noble