Teacher, Teacher

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(Intro: Am D Am D G E E7 Am F G Em Am)

Am                D  (F# bass)
Teacher, teacher, do what you can
Am                D (F# Bass)
To teach your children all the knowledge of Man;
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Teach them how to think and how to survive
  Am         F                 G  Em  Am
A world that eats the soul and body alive.
  D                     Am
  Teacher, teacher, you know what they face--
  D                    Am
  A sea of bigotry for age, sex or race;
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  Or any other cause that's useful this year;
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  Try to warn the children while they're still safe in here.
Teacher, teacher, the foe waits outside
To make your children more tools for his pride;
He's always scratchin' for a way to get in--
Here come the pressure groups--he's tryin' again.
   Teacher, teacher, you know you're alone;
   Your boss won't save your skin, he's saving his own;
   Nor will the parents help, but only condemn--
   They want their children taught to be just like them!
Here come the bureaucrat with fifty more rules
To tie your hands and take more bread from the schools,
Here comes the preacher trying hard to get in,
He wants all children taught his pet brand of sin.
   Here comes the government with plenty to say;
   It wants your children taught to serve and obey;
   Here comes the school board, and that's worst of all
   They want the teachers taught to cave in and fall!
Teacher, teacher, you know what you'll find,
They want their thumbprints stamped on everyone's mind;
The kids suspect it and resent it like hell,
And all too often they suspect you as well.
   Teacher, teacher, tell me how can you teach
   When all the grownups only want you to preach?
   How can you teach the kids to think for themselves
   With all the censors stealing books off the shelves?
(Instrumental break)
Teacher guarding the dwindling flame,
How many of your kids have beaten the game?
The wind is rising and the night's falling fast--
Will you run, save yourself, or fight to the last?