". . . don't know if you've got it in ya' . . ."

  • Song Found On:
    Ballad of Calico
    1972
  • Kenny Rogers is a crossover country/pop music icon. The Ballad of Calico is a concept album which tells the story of a real silver-mining town (named Calico) in California around 1900. The town of Calico had a one-room school house and one teacher, Virginia. Is teaching school an escape from life?

 

SCHOOL TEACHER
By
Kenny Rogers
and the First Edition



Lyrics:

Open the windows, Virginia,
Let the wind blow the papers away.
Don't know if you've got it in ya'.
Just like a dunce in the eighth grade,
You'll soon be an old maid,
School teacher, rule creature, cool creature, school teacher.

You're a beginner, Virginia,
Simple arithmetic shows a delay.
Do all the sums deep within 'ya,
Oh yes, and then assign the grade,
You'll soon be an old maid,
School teacher, rule creature, cool creature, school teacher.

Your soul's in limbo, Virginia,
You found a formula for your mistakes.
God doesn't know where to send 'ya,
The Bible's black opaque keepsakes,
When your red hair's turning gray,
School teacher, rule creature, cool creature, school teacher.
 
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