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Songs to Brighten
A Teacher's Day


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There's no question that computers have transformed our lives. They've changed the way we create and, at times, destroy, work. Consider my favorite story of inadvertent deletion: I was completing a huge -- and very important -- spreadsheet for a major school project. One evening, after an already exhausting day, I took the document home to finalize it. After entering the final numbers, I relaxed into much-needed slumber, my hands still resting on the keyboard. In my sleep, I managed to "Select All" and promptly delete the entire document -- several times over. The good news is that I had backed it up -- well, most of it. It took a few hours to reclaim the entire document, but that was far better than the twenty hours it took to complete the original.

The Back-Up Song

(To the tune of My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean)

Countless horror stories of documents -- and hours -- lost should provide reason enough for this song to become a routine school anthem.

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.

My hard drive is starting to rumble;
The screen's getting harder to see;
The letters are starting to crumble;
I'd better go now to I.T.

Bring back, bring back, oh, bring all my documents back to me.
Bring back, bring back, oh bring them all back to me now.

They tell me they think that it's hopeless;
There's nothing at all they can do.
You say that I pro'bly should mope less. But what if it happened to you?

Bring back, bring back, oh bring all my documents back to me.
Bring back, bring back, oh bring them all back to me now.

I lost all my grades and my comments;
And gone are my lesson plans too.
I have nothing left but my laments,
And hours of stuff to re-do.

Bring back, bring back, oh bring all my documents back to me.
Bring back, bring back, oh bring them all back to me now.

Despite all the hours of typing,
The re-writes just won't be the same.
There's no use for me to keep griping;
I wish there was someone to blame.

Bring back, bring back, oh bring all my documents back to me.
Bring back, bring back, oh bring them all back to me now.

I live now with great apprehension;
I haven't backed up for a while.
I have all the best of intentions;
Intentions don't back up my files.

Back up, back up, oh back up all your documents today.
Back up, back up, oh back them up without delay.

Song lyrics copyright 2005 Eric Baylin