". . . your future's so unclear now . . ."

  • Song Found On:
  • Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey first wrote "Beauty School Dropout" and then went on to write the story of Grease based on their own memories of high school in the 1950s and explores the "challenges" found in the academic and vocational curricula. Grease underwent a number of revisions (to make it less offensive to middle class audiences) and became a pop cultural phenomenon on the screen.

    Frankie Avalon sang this song in the 1978 movie version; over a two year period in the late fifties, he had seven songs in the top ten . . . he was indeed a sweet "Teen Angel" to many teens of the 50s.



sung by
Frankie Avalon


Your story's sad to tell
A teenage ne'er do well
Most mixed up young delinquent on the block
Your future's so unclear now
What's left of your career now
Can't even get a trade-in on your smile

Beauty school dropout
No graduation day for you
Beauty school dropout
Missed your midterms and flunked shampoo
Well at least you could have taken time
To wash and clean your clothes up
After spending all that dough
To have the doctor fix your nose up

Baby get moving (Better get movin')
Why keep your feeble hopes alive
What are you proving (What are you provin')
You've got the dream but not the drive

If you go for your diploma
You will join a steno pool
Turn in your teasin' comb
And go back to high school

Beauty school dropout (Beauty school dropout)
Hanging around the corner store
Beauty school dropout (Beauty school dropout)
It's about time you knew the score

Well they couldn't teach you anything
You think you're such a looker
But no customer would go to you
Unless she was a hooker

Baby don't sweat it (Don't sweat it)
You're not cut out to hold a job
Better forget it (Forget it)
Who wants their hair done by a slob?

Now your bangs are curled your lashes whirled
But still the world is cruel
Wipe off that angel face
and go back to high school

Baby don't blow it
Don't put my good advice to shame
Baby you know it
Even Dear Abby'd say the same

Now I've called the shot, get off the block, I really gotta fly
Gotta be going to that malt shop on the sky

Beauty school dropout (Beauty school dropout)
Go back to high school
Beauty school dropout (Beauty school dropout)
Go back to high school
Beauty school dropout (Beauty school dropout)
Go back to high school