". . . that's what the teacher said to me . . ."

  • Song Found On:
    Ramblin' Boy
    1963
  • Pete Seeger was well known for his performances of this song. Seeger is considered by many to be a national treasure, not merely a writer and performer of folk music. Seeger combined musical entertainment and progressive politics to be recognized as the foremost protest singer of the 1950s and 1960s. His outspoken views and political activities led to him being blacklisted on mainstream television and radio. In December of 1994, he was given the nation's highest artistic recognition (Kennedy Center Honors) which celebrates the lifetime achievement of America's greatest performing artists. This song is most easily found on CDs recorded either by Tom Paxton or the Chad Mitchell Trio.

 

WHAT DID YOU
LEARN IN SCHOOL
TODAY

by
Tom Paxton



Lyrics:

Chorus:
Oh, what did you learn in school today
Dear little child of mine?
What did you learn in school today
Dear little child of mine?

Verse One:
I learned that Washington never told a lie -
I learned our soldiers seldom die -
I learned that ev'ry body is free -
That's what the teacher said to me.
And that's what I learned in school today
That's what I learned in school . . .

Repeat Chorus

Verse Two:
I learned our government must be strong
It's always right and never wrong
Our leaders are the finest men
That's why we elect them again and again.
And that's what I learned in school today
That's what I learned in school . . .

Repeat Chorus

Verse Three: (Slower, with drama and feeling)
I learned that wars are not so bad
I learned about the great ones we have had
We fought in Germany and in France
Someday soon I might get my chance.
And that's what I learned in school today
That's what I learned in school . . .

 
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