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


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Another summer -- glorious summer -- has come to an end. As we get ready for the new school year, please join in this musical tribute to summer vacation -- a time to tend the garden and nurture the soul.

Son of a Gun! Summers Fun

(Sung to the tune of Jambalaya.)

This song, sung to that spirited song from the bayou, Jambalaya, offers teachers a chance to pour out their hearts in praise of summer and, at the same time, to lament its passing.

Cant believe that were back, me oh my oh.
Weve been off to Pa-ree and Ohio.
Got some rest, feel less stress, you and I-o.
Now its back teaching math, French, and bio.


About the Author

Eric Baylin has been a teacher for 39 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.


Chorus:
Son of a gun, Summers fun, me oh my oh.
Eating corn, eating blueberry pie oh.
Take a deep breath and let out a sigh oh.
Summers leaving us soon, say goodbye-o.

Well, the ease of the summertime frees me
To travel and do things that please me.
Well, it may not be terribly PC
To admit coming back is not easy.

Chorus:
Son of a gun, Summers fun, me oh my oh.
Eating corn, eating blueberry pie oh.
Take a deep breath and let out a sigh oh.
Summers leaving us soon, say goodbye-o.

Far away from the lads and the lasses
At the beach sporting stylish sunglasses.
Oh, the weeks vanish as summer passes.
Im not ready to teach all my classes!

Chorus:
Son of a gun, Summers fun, me oh my oh.
Eating corn, eating blueberry pie oh.
Take a deep breath and let out a sigh oh.
Summers leaving us soon, say goodbye-o.

Once theyre back, kids have no concentration
For the work, all that new information.
We should just have a big celebration,
And start planning our next long vacation.

Chorus:
Son of a gun, Summers fun, me oh my oh.
Eating corn, eating blueberry pie oh.
Take a deep breath and let out a sigh oh.
Summers leaving us soon, say goodbye-o.