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Songs to Brighten
A Teacher's Day


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So you show up at school well rested and refreshed after a badly needed break and immediately it's as though the vacation never happened. You're back -- so back, in fact, that you're not sure you ever really left. Don't despair, says teacher-lyricist Eric Baylin, you can always stop for a song.

We're Back!


To the melody of The Mexican Hat Dance
(Sheet Music)

Inevitably, school vacations come to an end -- and then we're back. There never has been anything like a transition to coming back to school after a long break. We're just suddenly back and running full steam ahead. Within moments of re-entering the front door, vacation mode dissolves. The pace quickens. The plot thickens. Weren't we just here? I think it's time for a song!

About the Lyricist

Eric Baylin has been a teacher for 36 years, working with a variety of age levels in both public and private schools in New York and North Carolina. He currently works at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York, a K-12 independent school established in 1854. In addition to teaching art and photography to middle- and high-school students, Baylin coordinates a program of collaborative faculty study groups in Packer's professional development program.

We're back! We're back! We're back! My schedule is out of whack.
We're back! We're back! We're back! It's time to get back on track.

After all the New Year celebrating,
Everything on my desk is still waiting,
And the e-mail it starts inundating,
Within moments I know I am back.

We're back! We're back! We're back! My schedule is out of whack.
We're back! We're back! We're back! It's time to get back on track.

When we left I was ready for two weeks.
By the second, was ready for three weeks.
By the end, I was ready for four weeks.
And then it was time to come back.

We're back! We're back! We're back! My schedule is out of whack.
We're back! We're back! We're back! It's time to get back on track.

I dreamed of a blizzard on Sunday
That shut down the school on a Monday.
We had such a totally fun day,
When I woke I was taken aback.

We're back! We're back! We're back! My schedule is out of whack.
We're back! We're back! We're back! It's time to get back on track.

For the day of return I was bracing.
Now we're back and we're already racing.
With so little concern for the pacing,
When I get home I'll just ht the sack.

We're back! We're back! We're back! My schedule is out of whack.
We're back! We're back! We're back! It's time to get back on track.

I really don't mean to be whining,
But I liked all that leisurely dining,
And I know that I shouldn't be pining
For the comfort of mid-August slack.

We're back! We're back! We're back! My schedule is out of whack.
We're back! We're back! We're back! It's time to get back on track.

Song lyrics copyright 2005 Eric Baylin