#02393
The Teacher's Song (Joan Morrissey) videos
#2080: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~

Oh, my mother was frightened
by a blackboard, they say,
That's why I have decided to teach;
But the salary they pay us doesn't last us one day,
And the beans through the week they don't reach.

I keep getting thinner, I can't afford a dinner,
Just a hot dog and ice-cold Coke;
I can't spare a calorie, I don't get enough salary,
Oh, you can't teach a class when you're broke.

A girl making money, a man will call her honey,
And she's married in just one stroke;
But you'll never be mated, if you are underrated,
Oh, you can't teach a class when you're broke.

When you're bro-oke, when you're bro-oke,
Oh, you can't teach a class when you're broke.

If I went to Eaton's, a-selling Christmas greetings,
I'd make hundreds in just one stroke;
But if I take up teaching,
the government starts leaching,
Oh, you can't run a school
when someone's lunch makes you drool,
Oh, you can't teach a class when you're broke.

I never did think once I'd educate delinquents,
That belong to some other folk,
And not make as much as a stevedore on crutches,
Oh, you can't teach a class when you're broke.

The government station wants all free education,
And diplomas for every bloke;
But someday our bastards
will show those silly bums,
That you can't teach a class when you're broke.

When you're bro-oke, when you're bro-oke,
Oh, you can't teach a class when you're broke.

The whole bloody island just lives it up in style
And buys a car and a new mink coat;
But the Newfoundland teacher
is God's forgotten creature,
Oh, you can't make a grade
when your rent goes unpaid;
Oh, you can't teach a class when you're broke.
Oh, you can't teach a class when you're broke.

####.... Tom Cahill of St John's, NL [1928-2006] / Irving Berlin ....####
This variant recorded by Joan Morrissey (Home Brew, trk#4, 1973 LP, Marathon Music Incorporated, Toronto, Ontario); and on a posthumous album two years after her death (Memories, trk#9, 1980 LP, The Great Canadian Music Company, Toronto, Ontario); and (Memories, trk#9, 2000 CD, Heritage Music, Newmarket, Ontario).

See more songs by Joan Morrissey.

#358: YouTube video by xxeebbk
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~


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