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Open Court for Twenty-Nine

Publication Date: 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.

Chorus:

Taught the students in the morning
Every morning just at nine
Then came edicts sent so meanly
Open Court for Twenty-nine.

Chorus:

In a library in the schoolhouse,
There the cobwebs do entwine,
As the teacher directs instruction,
Open Court for twenty-nine.

Chorus:

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.

Chorus:

Listen, teachers, heed the warning
To this tragic tale of mine;
Direct instruction is an evil
To each and every twenty-nine.

Chorus:

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.

Chorus:


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