". . . she let me look over the shoulder
of the brightest girl in the class . . ."

  • Song Found On:
    Columbia Years, 1943-1952
    Original recording date was 1945
  • What can one say about the astounding body of work left us by performing artist Frank Sinatra? This school related song was recorded by Frank on November 15, 1945. The song was written by Willard Robison and the arrangement is by Mitch Miller.

    The song suggests that it is okay for a teacher, given certain circumstances, to break the rules when a student is in need. Do you agree?

 

THE OLD SCHOOL TEACHER
sung by Frank Sinatra



Lyrics:

Where is my old school teacher?
I don't remember her name.
With a dunce cap,
I was always her feature,
I loved her just the same.

She stood by through my childhood,
like small town school teachers do.
At some little school house here in the wild wood,
They taught men like Lincoln too.

One day I tearfully told her
my mother expects me to pass,
Then she let me look over the shoulder
of the brightest girl in the class.

Wish I knew how to reach her,
I'd write a letter and say,
If I lived the way you taught me to, teacher,
I'd be a better man today.

[brief interlude]

Wish I knew how to reach her,
I'd write a letter and say,
If I lived the way you taught me to, teacher,
I'd be a better man today

 
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