When I Was In School

by @jtsteam

Liner Notes

Prompted by this week's song theme on the Ukulele Underground forums, which is on education. I was trying to contrast things you get taught at school with other life skills that you don't get taught. It was meant to be a bit silly, but it did get a little bit dark... I'm still calling it #nerd_folk though.

My history teacher once told us in passing that (a) Marat died in his bath and (b) we'd never forget that. He's right, I haven't forgotten it... and today it even came in useful!

Recorded with a baritone #ukulele - I didn't think it needed any more than that. #fuc

Lyrics

When I was four years old I began my education
To learn about society and all its expectations
Learn to read and write, to add and multiply,
Eat my greens and not to answer back and not to cry

I learned how to spell, and how to long divide
How to run around a field far too many times
How to pay attention and how to follow rules
That's what they taught me when I was in school

I learned these things for my exams,
and so of course I passed,
But there's so many things
That I wish I'd learned in class

Like How to put up shelves without nailing through a cable
How to read instructions to set up a flatpack table
How to deal with bullies when they're frightening and cruel
No-one told me these things when I was in school

Willy, Willy, Harry, Ste, Harry, Dick, John, Harry Three
I learned the kings of England and about the Bayeux Tapestry
I learned that Jean-Paul Marat died in his bath,
I learned that zinc and copper are the metals that make brass.

I learned these things for my exams,
and so of course I passed,
But there's so many things
That I wish I'd learned in class

Like How to put up shelves without nailing through a cable
How to read instructions to set up a flatpack table
How to deal with bullies when they're frightening and cruel
No-one told me these things when I was in school

And before your school days are through
Please learn a life skill or two

Like never block the doorway after entering a shop,
No-one wants to hear the gory details of your op,
Just because it's on the 'net it doesn't make it knowledge,
You need to understand that when you get out of college

If a politician said it then it's probably not true
Remember that everything is not all about you
Still no-one gets to tell you how you have to live your life
It's up to you if you want children and a wife

No-one's ever argued on the internet and won
Remember that your hobbies are just a bit of fun
Sing as loud as you like, use your two left feet an



@janeg

Love your examples of what we didn’t learn - just about everything practical or important. I have a song about what they didn’t teach in history; let’s trade songs in our next Zoom circle.

I think we can all relate to your song. Easy listening. Good stuff.

Teaching problem solving and mediation are important, and can be applied many different ways. Transferrable skills. Love the positive vibes in your song. All around great job.

nice :) nice sound on the uke too. some great inclusions in your lists. have a great 50/90

Great tune, love the lyrics and feel of the song. One of those that could of had even more verses and I would of continued to enjoy it. Well done!

The lyrics are fun and witty, your vocals have the right touch of bemusement, and the uke sounds lovely and guitar-like (which is what I, at least, am always striving for when I reach for my baritone). Excellent!

Fun delivery. Interesting idea and lyric contrast and brings back memories of what I learned (and did not use) and what life lessons I needed to learn outside of school.

The ukulele sounds great! The song has a good message, and I liked the peppy delivery. Nicely done!

here is political song i can get behind. bursting with insight and clever topicality. the uke is perfect for accompanying the song, and the melody carries the words along without needless effort.

@roddy

I really liked this song. The ukulele sounds great including the introduction. i think we went to the same kind of school!

@beacon

Classic @jtsteam! Cheery, with an underpinning of thoughtfulness. Great first song!

@donna

Wonderful theme and a tremendous lyric, highly relatable for many, I would imagine. I love all the example details that you give. And I like the ending about using one's two left feet to dance and all people being given an equal chance. Nice. 😊

Really good! Enjoyed listening.