The Little Red School House

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In the little red school house,
With my book and slate,
In the little red school house,
I was always late.
I long to be back there where I was a scholar, in the days of yore.
How I'd stand right up there and hollar, "two and two are four".
When we should have been learning about the Golden Rule,
our little hearts were yearning for the swimming pool.
Oh how we'd sit and wait for the 4 o'clock bell,
the moment that we heard it we would run like. .mad,
O golly gee, I want to be, in the little red school house.

Ten o'clock the spelling lessons just begun,
Johnny throws an ink ball just for fun.
Hits the teachers ear with an awful splat,
She turns around and says, "Who did that?"
Pretty little Percy in the very first row, raises up his hand and says, "Teacher, I know".
Little Johnny whispers to the teachers pride,
"You just wait till I get you outside".

Johnny's told to stand up with his face to the wall,
He says, "I don't wanna" and he tried to stall,
"If I stand up there I'll take an awful chance,
I've got a great big tear 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 the little red school house.

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This song is shorter and has a different 1st verse

In the little red school house,
With my book and slate,
In the little red school house,
I was always late.
Oh how we'd sit and wait for the 4 o'clock bell,
the moment we heard it we'd run like mad,
O golly gee, I want to be, in the little red school house.

Ten o'clock spelling lessons just begun,
Johnny throws an ink ball just for fun,
Hits the teachers ear with an awful splat,
She turns around and says, "Who did that?"
Pretty little Percy in the very first row, raises up his hand and says, "Teacher, I know".
Little Johnny whispers to his teachers pride,
"You just wait till I get you outside".

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

Another version where Johnny gets in trouble

Sitting in our seats we're such good boys and girls
When Johnny ties an ink well to Mary Jo's curls.
Mary turns her head and the bottle goes splat,
Teacher turns around and says "Who did that?'.

Then little Frankie in the very first row,
Raises up his hand and says "Teacher, I know"
Little Johnny whispers to the teacher's pride
"You just wait'll I get you outside".

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Daisy, United Kingdom

2 March 2016 at 3:33pm

A song my mother say to me

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Judy Cantwell, United States

2 January 2016 at 8:49am

My dad use to sing to use every night while putting us to bed this was one of my favorite songs. He was always very animated when he sang it. It's one of the many songs he sang to us at night. Some of my favorite memories. He had some different wording though, which I think sounds better. I love that song...

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Stevi, United Kingdom

4 March 2015 at 6:18pm

The song is in the little red school house with my book and slate in the little red school house I was always late I long to be back ther when I was a scholar in the days of we all how I used to sand there and hollar 2+2 makes 3 no 4 when you should of been learning about the golden rules are heart was yearning for the swimming pool teacher sent us out to watch a face and then she said oh no it just get dirty again oh jee I want to be in the little red school house

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Stevi, United Kingdom

10 January 2015 at 4:47pm

I did this as a dance comption and came 4th place but we changed a few lyrics

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Cheryl Ross, Australia

1 February 2014 at 5:27am

Our Mum is now 97, still remembers all the words, she has 10 children and she sang this to me almost everyday! love it!

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Geordie, Canada

15 May 2013 at 6:13pm

A I am now 88 years old, The little red schoolhouse was a popular song of the day. It is interesting to see al the various versions that come up.

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Arlene, United States

8 May 2013 at 2:10am

I grew up listening to my dad sing this song. He went to a little one room red schoolhouse. He is 97 yrs old and he is still singing this song. He sings every word of the long version.

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Joe, United States

10 December 2012 at 3:22pm

Another verse goes: "When we should have been learning about the golden rule, Our little hearts were yearning for the swimming pool."

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Cheryl, Canada

14 November 2011 at 7:15pm

Thanks alot One of my sisters is doing a picture quilt for my oldest brother and wanted all the words because he used to go to a little schoolhouse Thank you once again

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Donna, United Kingdom

14 August 2011 at 4:35pm

Never knew this was a song. My grandma used to tell me a poem that went: "Ten o'clock spelling lessons just begun, Johnny threw and spit ball just for fun, It hit the teachers ear with an awful splat, Teacher turns around and says, "Who threw that?" Pretty little Percy in the very front row, held up his hand and says, "Teacher, I know." Johny there he tries to stall teacher says put your face to the wall, He says, "If i do i'll take an awful chance, I've got a great big tear in the seat of my pants."

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Don, Canada

8 July 2011 at 3:04pm

Thanks for this. My dad used to sing it to us when we were kids. He also used to sing one that went: "On a cold dark night, not long ago, came a little man all clad in snow, Happy was he as he hurried along, singing to himself this funny little song: Ho Ho Ho! Does anybody know, I'm little January from the land of snow? Ha Ha Ha! Ho Ho Ho! I'm little January from the land of snow? Does anybody else remember that one? dhalward@dccnet.com (Delta, B.C.)

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Phyllis Chase, United States

13 June 2011 at 2:43pm

I Have the words but need the music .

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Robyn, Australia

18 March 2011 at 11:02am

My father sang this song to me when I was a little girl. I love the part where little Johnny hits the teacher's ear and pretty little Percy dobs him. Wouldn't have been done in my day!

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Darlene, Utah

16 September 2010 at 12:12am

I remembering when I was quite young listening to this song and others all on the same cassette, 'in the little red school house' 'little goldie gold fish' and many other songs. I don't know what happened to it now, but I Really want the songs back in my house again for my kids. Anybody know where I can find these songs on cd?

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Glen, Washington, Warren

23 January 2010 at 2:47am

it starts with "sometimes, I think I was a little fool, back in the days when I used to go to school. When I was kid, gee how I hated (a bath) the little place where I was educated. Although I didn't know it, I was lucky then, I wish that I was back again In the little red schoolhouse...

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Patrick, Windsor, On. Canada

11 August 2009 at 12:57pm

[left out]Oh gee, I want to be In that little red school house!

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