More Songs About Teachers and Explosives

This old playground rhyme popped into my head the other day for some reason

Hi Ho, Hi Ho
It’s off to school we go
With a bucket and spade
And a hand grenade
Hi Ho, Hi Ho

We used to sing that at my Primary School, along with this ditty

Build a bonfire, build a bonfire
Put the teachers up on the top
Put Greenie* in the middle
And burn the bloody lot

Nasty little buggers weren’t we? Every school had songs like that too, I don’t know if they still do but I imagine if kids sang them now the teachers would probably call the police or have them carted off for counseling.

There were quite a few, um, “alternative” versions of “Mary Had A Little Lamb” too, some of which might have been inspired by Wings’ hit with the old nursery rhyme in 1972. We all liked this a lot at the time and had no idea that it was supposed to be terrible and this Paul McCartney bloke had some reputation he was ruining with it. I still think it sounds quite nice actually.

Download: Mary Had A Little Lamb – Wings (mp3)

*Mr. Greene, our headmaster

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