Student-Teacher Songs

September 27, 2012

This is a collection of songs that emanated from something I mentioned in a post a while ago. At the time, I said that I was concerned at the amount of parentheses I use in my text (something I still do with alarming frequency).

My friend Michael emailed me to say that my concern reminded him of a song by American singer Dan Baird called “I Love You Period”.

(Sidenote: Dan Baird was the lead singer of the Georgia Satellites who had a huge hit with “Keep Your Hands To Yourself“, which just happened to be Michael’s suggestion for Educating Peter # 14 on this blog.)

Michael remembered the song had the word “parentheses” in it lyrics. (Now there’s a word you don’t see often in a song. Oops – there I go again. Sorry about that.)

Michael told me that “I Love You Period” is a song about a student who falls in love with his teacher, he writes her a letter, and she sends it back with corrections. (Tee hee.)

That got me thinking of other teacher-student/student-teacher songs. I thought of a couple, and Michael thought of a couple more. Then I thought of some more, and so did Michael. The next thing we knew, we had ourselves a list of student-teacher songs.

After looking at the list and sorting out what was suitable and what wasn’t (one of Michael’s suggestions was a dreadful song by a boy band, and one of my suggestions was way too serious in amongst the light-heartedness of the other songs), I settled on ten tunes to tickle your tummy earbuds.

And here they are:

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Details I couldn’t fit in the playlist:

1. Doris Day – “Teacher’s Pet (1958)

2. Lulu – “To Sir With Love (1967)

3. Elton John – “Teacher I Need You (1973)

4. ABBA – “When I Kissed The Teacher (1976)

5. Rockpile – “Teacher Teacher (1980)

6. The Police – “Don’t Stand So Close To Me (1980)

7. 38 Special – “Teacher, Teacher (1984)

8. Van Halen – “Hot For Teacher (1984)

9. Ruth McKenny – “She’s In Love With Her Teacher” (1987)
(I thought it was cute how the playlist shortened the song title to “She’s In Love With Her Tea”. It made me think of this.)

10. Dan Baird – “I Love You Period” (1991)

By the way, I’m happy to add to that list if you can think of any other songs that’d be suitable.

(Please note:Teach Your Children Well” is not suitable. In any way.)

Musical coincidences # 143

November 10, 2011

Today’s coincidence is brought to you by someone called John McNaughton, a chap who wrote in to English music magazine MOJO:

MOJO (October 2007, Issue 167, letters section, page 12)
Unfair cop?
In his piece on Reggatta De Blanc [MOJO 165] John Harris says of the title track: “Replete with the recorded debut of the strange Esperanto that Sting would gleefully employ on-stage ‘Gee-yo, Gee-yo, Gee-yo-yo indeed’…” Isn’t it more likely to be a steal and corruption of Bob Marley‘s “Wah-yo, Wah-yo-yo-yo-yo” from Get Up Stand Up? Nonetheless, a brilliant article by Phil Sutcliffe, matched by Fred Dellar‘s Sinatra piece. What an amazing story that was; top-notch music journalism.
– John McNaughton, Campbeltown, Argyll

The Police – “Regatta De Blanc (1979) (excerpt)


Bob Marley and the Wailers – “Get Up, Stand Up (1975) (excerpt)


Actually, the non-vocal backing in that snippet of “Get Up, Stand Up” reminds me of the live version of Roxy Music‘s “The Bogus Man”:

Roxy Music – “The Bogus Man” (live) (1976) (excerpt)


Here are the full versions:

The Police – “Regatta De Blanc (1979)


Bob Marley and the Wailers – “Get Up, Stand Up (1975)


Roxy Music – “The Bogus Man” (live) (1976)