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Eric Baylin's
Songs to Brighten
A Teacher's Day

At some schools, they just can't seem to stop meeting; there are before-school meetings, lunch meetings, free-period meetings, and -- worst of all -- after-school meetings. This song was written to stir to life a roomful of slouching teachers at the beginning of just such an afternoon meeting.

The Meeting Song

To the tune of Funiculi Funicula

A moment of laughter provides an immediate gearshift out of the cumulative burdens and stressors of a typical day. Of course, we still have to figure out a way to make meetings purposeful and engaging, but -- for now -- try The Meeting 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.

Some think. that we should never have a meeting.
Perhaps they're right; perhaps they're right.
The days. are awf'lly long, at times defeating.
My neck is tight; my neck is tight.

And now .we have to listen to announcements.
My mind is gone; my mind is gone.
Don't wantto hear important new pronouncements.
I need to yawn; I need to yawn.

Teaching, teaching, teaching can be tough,
Trying to explain a lot of stuff.
It can be tough; some days are rough; there's so much stuff; I've had enough.
Meetings in the afternoon are definitely tough.

Some say. that meetings aren't that necessary.
Perhaps it's true; perhaps it's true.
We sit ..in one position stationary,
'Til we turn blue; 'til we turn blue.

We try to stay awake for every detail,
But it's a chore; but it's a chore.
And even though we catch up on our e-mail, Our butts are sore; our butts are sore.

Prove it; prove it; prove it can be done.
Show me; show me meetings can be fun.
The day is done; it weighed a ton; it wasn't fun; I want to run.
Teaching can be tough; the day is done; we need some fun.

Song lyrics copyright 2005 Eric Baylin