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

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September's quickening pace is reflected in this rollicking tune that reminds us there's no rest for the wicked, so... teacher, be good!

Go, Teacher, Go!

(Sung to the rocking strains of Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode.

It's September and there's no question about it; we're back and running again. It takes no time at all for the slow and lazy pace of summer to be overwhelmed by the quickened pace of school. On your markget sethold onto your grade books and Go!

Well I'm up and running in the morning, quarter past 5;
Gotta do a little planning just to stay alive.
Then I gulp a little breakfast and I'm off on a ride;
Get to school to make some copies -- the machines have died!

About the Lyricist
Eric Baylin has been a teacher for 37 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, Eric coordinates a program of collaborative faculty study groups in Packer's professional development program.

Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooooo, Teacher, be good.

Gotta teach right through the morning and without a break.
Then I have to check my voice mail; that's a big mistake.
I could use a cup of coffee cause my energy's low,
But I gotta gotta meeting and I gotta go.

Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooooo, Teacher, be good.

Well my stomach is a-grumblin'; I could use a snack,
But I gotta grade some papers, there's no time to slack.
I've got study hall and lunchroom, more than I can take.
And I really really really need a bathroom break.

Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooooo, Teacher, be good.

Well it's later in the day and I am almost done,
But the students are unruly and I'm not having fun.
I am tired and exhausted and my spirits are low,
But I gotta another meeting and I gotta go.

Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooo, go, teacher, go.
Go, go-ooooo, Teacher, be good.

Song lyrics copyright 2005 Eric Baylin