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


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Growing up in North Carolina, I remember so well those nights when snow was in the forecast. I could barely sleep waiting for the news, but, more often than not, I would wake to very cold and disappointing rain. Occasionally, though, the forecast would be right, and the music of an early morning broadcast would ring through the house: "All schools are closed today."

We Never Get Snow Days

(To the tune of "On Top of Old Smoky")

There was something uniquely special about a "snow day" -- the gift of an unexpected day at home. As a child, however, I never imagined that the teachers were just as happy as the kids on those days. I know the truth now. Snow days are really for teachers. The element of delight has not diminished, even after nearly four decades on the other side of the desk.

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.

It snowed Monday morning,
But I wasn't awake.
We were already home for
A short winter break.

Oh, why can't it happen
On a day we have school?
If we're gonna have blizzards,
Then there should be a rule:

They should start on a Thursday --
And well before ten,
And continue through Friday.
(We can stay home again.)

We never get snow days,
I want you to know.
'Twas a tragic misuse of
Nearly two feet of snow.

Song lyrics Copyright© 2006 Eric Baylin