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Spring vacation is just around the corner for many of us -- and none too soon. It’s definitely time for a break; time to fuel up for the last few months of school.

Hallelujah for Vacations


(Sung to the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic)

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming two-week break.
We all need some relaxation and some fun for goodness sake.
If we had to wait much longer, then our heads would surely ache.
It’s time to take a break.


About the Lyricist

Eric Baylin has been a teacher for 38 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.

Hallelujah for vacations,
Time for fun and relaxation,
No more stressful complications,
It’s time to take a break.

We’ve been teaching; we’ve been testing; we’ve been grading quite a lot.
We’ve been poring over books and analyzing every plot.
We are tired; we are weary; we’ve been giving all we’ve got.
It’s time to take a break.

Hallelujah for vacations,
Time for fun and relaxation,
No more stressful complications,
It’s time to take a break.

Mathematics, English hist’ry, foreign language, and PE,
Music, dance, and chorus, theatre, visual art, photography,
Health, computer, physics, calculus, and AP chemistry, It’s time to take a break.

Hallelujah for vacations,
Time for fun and relaxation,
No more stressful complications,
It’s time to take a break.

School is such an opportunity, a wonderful endeavor.
Education makes you smarter, education makes you clever.
But we do get awfully tired and we think that we could never
Go to school without a lot of breaks.

Hallelujah for vacations,
Time for fun and relaxation,
No more stressful complications,
It’s time to take a break.

In the middle of vacation, we can just about forget
All the work that we’ve been doing and the work that’s coming yet.
With a day or two remaining of vacation, you can bet
We’ll begin to think about the next vacation we will get.

Hallelujah for vacations,
Time for fun and relaxation,
No more stressful complications,
It’s time to take a break.

Song lyrics copyright 2008 Eric Baylin