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Open Court for Twenty-Nine

Posted: 2004-12-08

You can guess the melody: Clementine.

In a classroom, in a schoolhouse,

Teaching children for a dime,

Was a teacher, bless her strong heart,

And her students, twenty-nine.

Chorus: O my teacher, O my teacher, O my teacher's twenty-nine.

You are lost and gone forever

Dreadful sorry, you twenty-nine.

Smart bold souls and like some prophets

Were those kids of twenty-nine

Books and sharing without ending,

Joy for students twenty-nine.


Taught the students in the morning

Every morning just at nine

Then came edicts sent so meanly

Open Court for Twenty-nine.


In a library in the schoolhouse,

There the cobwebs do entwine,

As the teacher directs instruction,

Open Court for twenty-nine.


In our dreams the books still haunt some,

Clad in wonder words so fine,

Though in life we used to hug them, now they're dead

For twenty-nine.


Listen, teachers, heed the warning

To this tragic tale of mine;

Direct instruction is an evil

To each and every twenty-nine.


How we harm them, how we harm them,

How we harm those twenty-nine,

We must stop this, my fellow teachers

We must save each twenty-nine.


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