Track Title: The Modern Student
Album Title: Internet Contributor III - Frank Sinatra
Prime Artist: Unknown
Lyrics by: Lorenz Hart
From: Columbia Grammar School News, 1911-1912
Note: The following songs are the beginning of a series of songs that Lorenz
Hart wrote while attending The Columbia Grammar School in New York City.
These selections were printed in The Columbia News, the school's monthly
paper. These songs would come to be known as "School Verse"
Will Shakespeare thought that fellows creep
"Unwillingly to school,"
And must to pore o'er knowledge deep
Be driven like a mule.
The classics were the goals pursued
By boys in Willie's day,
The English tongue was far too rude
Save for the common play.
New teachings have sprung up since then,
We've buried all that rot,
We will no longer wield the pen!
We have the Turkey Trot.
We care not what old Tullius raves,
And really must confess:
He should have sunk beneath the waves
Ere Catiline's address.
The greatest Julius when he stood
Most mighty o'er the mass,
With all his tact he never could
Have thrown a forward pass.
At Homer who told tales of Troy
We raise an awful din,
We'd rather hear Sir Eddie Foy
Sing "Ragtime Violin."
Salome too was not the whirl
The Semites used to think,
Why Miss Deslys could make that girl
Sit down and take a drink.
For modes and ways have changed a bit
Since Shakespeare was a boy,
The empty fads have made a hit
And ignorance is joy.
Contributed by Carlene Bogle