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The Little Red School House/Cory Davis 1985 Sound Clip
Article By: Brian Shute, Ph.D., CCC

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This picture of Master Cory Davis was taken for his 1985 recitation, The Little Red School House. Cory's in full costume as an early day school kid on the Franklin stage. True to heart, Cory is now a teacher at Lewis and Clark High School...pretty darn close to the schoolhouse he talks about here! Many educators insist that early exposure to ideas, models, and themes leave indelible footprints forming the workers we later become...I couldn't agree more. Click here to listen.

There are many versions of this poem from the 1800s. Here are some of them thanks to KS7 from Askville.Amazon and Grandfolksies.com...and of course, Cory.

VERSION 1
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In the little red school house with my book and slate.
In the little red school house where I was always late.
Remember how we listened for the four o'clock bell?
The minute we would hear it we would run like mad-
O gee! I wanna be in the little red school house.


VERSION 2
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In a little red school house
With my book and slate
In a little red school house
I was always late

I re-mem-ber well (do not remember this exact line so just murmur & drag it out)
In those days of yore
I used to stand right up there and holler
TWO AND TWO ARE FOUR

When we shoulda been learnin'
About the golden rule
Our little hearts were yearnin'
for the swimmin' pool

We could hardly wait for the four o'clock bell
The minute we would hear it we would run like.....MAD
Oh gee, I wanna be
In a Little Red School House

Ten o'clock spelling lesson just begun
Johnny throws an inkball just for fun
Hits the teacher's ear with an awful SPLAT
She turns around and says "Who did that?"

Purty little Percy on the very front row
Raises up his hand and says "Teacher, I know"
Little Johnny whispers to the teacher's pride
"You just wait till I get you outside"

Oh gee, I wanna be
In a Little Red School House

Johnny's told to stand with his face to the wall
He says "I don't wanna" and he tries to stall
"If I stand up there I take an awful chance,
I got a great big hole in the seat of my pants!"

Teacher sends you home to wash your face and then
You say "Oh what's the use, it just gets dirty again!"
Oh gee, I wanna be
In a Little Red School House!


VERSION 3
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Sometimes I think I was a little fool
Back in those days when I used to go to school.
Now when I was a kid, gee, how I hated
The little place where I was educated.

Even though I didn't know it then
I wish that I was back again
In the Little Red School House
with my book and slate.

In the Little Red School House
We were always late.

Oh, now what I would give to be a scholar
In those days of yore.
How I'd stand right up there and hollar,
"Two and two is four!"

When we shoulda been learnin'
About the golden rule,
Our little hearts were yearnin'
For the swimmin' pool.

Now we could hardly wait for the four o'clock bell.
The moment that it rang we would run like......mad!
Oh gee, I wanna be-e-e in the Little Red School House.

Ten o'clock spelling lesson just begun.
Johnny throws an inkball just for fun.
Hits the teacher's ear with an awful splat!
Teacher turns around and says "Who did that?"

Johnny's told to stand with his face to the wall.
He says "Oh I don' wanna" and he starts to bawl.
If I stood up there I'd take an awful chance:
I got a great big tear in the seat of my pants!

Teacher sends you home to wash yer face, and then
You say, "Oh what's the use, it jus' gets dirty again?"
Oh gee, I wanna be-e-e in the Little Red School House.

VERSION 4
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4 o' clock a spelling lesson just begun.
Zeke threw an inkball just for fun.
Hit the teacher's ear with an awful splat.
She turned around and said "Who did that?"

Pretty little Heathcliff in the very front row
Raised up his hand and said "Teacher, I know.
Little Zeke whispered to the "teacher's pride"
"You just wait till I get you outside."

Zeke was told to stand up with his face to the wall.
He said "I don't wanna," and he tried to stall.
"If I stand up there I'll take an awful chance.
I gotta great big rip in the seat of my pants."


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