Last week I found a very unusual song online that is presented from the viewpoint of a student about his return to the classroom after a summer of tremendous fun and adventure. This song is to be sung to the tune of “My Bonnie.” It is written by Kenn Nesbitt and entitled “Welcome Back to School.” (Also found in a compilation of his poetry about school life [I’ve Been Burping in the Classroom; Purple Room Publishing; Spokane, WV; 2007]):
“Dear students, the summer has ended.
The school year at last has begun.
But this year is totally different.
We’re going to only have fun.
[Chorus]“Sit back. Relax.
The school year is gonna be fun, so fun.
We’ll play all day.
The school year is gonna be fun.
“We won’t study any mathematics,
And recess will last all day long.
Instead of the Pledge of Allegiance,
We’ll belt out a rock-and-roll song.
“We’ll only play games in the classroom.
You’re welcome to bring in your toys.
It’s okay to run in the hallways.
It’s great if you make lots of noise.
“Your video games are your homework.
You’ll have to watch lots of T.V.
For field trips we’ll go to the movies
And give away candy for free.
“The lunchroom will only serve chocolate
And triple fudge sundaes supreme.”
Yes, that’s what I heard from my teacher
Before I woke up from my dream.
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