Jane Purves (This Song Is About Schools)

from by rap legend Jesse Dangerously



The time signature of this song is mostly in 6/8 but has sections in 4/4 because I was more adventurous in my youth.


Government building, still children sit
In squalid conditions, thanks politicians!
Solid citizen can't stand the rain checks
Promised brain sex, settle for mind fucked
Little kids lined up, gentlemen fire at will
Shoot them full of shoot them full of holes, 'til they acquire a skill
Liars are killed and/or canonized
Anything that can't be quantified is ostracized
Disorganized regiments, scattered shell casings
Long forgotten hellraising, stargazing
Stark raving heartbroken ex-idealist
Tweed jacket wearing twentysomething's missing
Kids! Think about the kids you teach! Remember
Round souls in square holes each september
If she speaks then send her to be disciplined
God forbid you should ever think of listening
Sound spankings for dissident youth offending article
Strapped for chewing gum sentences end in particles
Hard work will make you free, We expect dedication
Submersion, subjugation (no subversion of education!)
Forget edification, earn grades instead
Never question lest the master turn shades of red
Christ! No you can't go to the fucking bathroom!

Mushy touchy feely hands off policy
Class hostility, some lost quality
My apologies, something's awfully
Wrong when students are philosophically
Bludgeoned into drudges packing lunches
Sunkist funfroots in the teeth instilling belief one truth
Cower when the gun shoots rap in staccato bursts
Red alert! Just let me brand the cattle first
I've had the worst feeling ever since the principle
Made targets of bad kids to prove he was invincible
Seems sensible... be feared if you can't be loved
Why do authority and ignorance seem to go hand in glove?

Canada's supposed to prioritize
Human beings and so we've been glorified
You can't say I'm not justly horrified
The way the system's been distorted by

The bottom line that makes us bottom feeders. Leaders
Made mistakes this autumn Jesus hate to break the
Bubble, but there's no victory in closing a school down
1: Nice try
2: Let alone two

Shaking heads - how'd it pass that
Students cram into crowded classes
Now the bastards've cowed the masses
Minds of brown molasses frozen
Classes chosen from small selection
Running in the hall detention
All the best and brightest kids are
Trained to court the highest bidder
The kid is five you've hired a sitter
Who can't wait to retire, so bitter
This is jive, we require better!
Why should school be a barbed wire sweater!?
POOR KIDS - the blood red ink well
Ran dry. Shrivel up and die!
Brain, brain - go away!
SIDDOWN! SHADDUP! You're too old to play!
Hearts are cold and grey and black and blue
Is this okay is what I'm asking you!
The answer is no - the cardio callous
Is a cancerous growth of malice metastasized
Bureaucracy bastardized shook ones
Didn't look ONCE in the exercise books!
Dunce caps, once raps on the knuckles with yard sticks
Now eternal if you can't learn their infernal card tricks
Pawns in the wargames, futures at stake
No sex ed, mentally neutered and spayed
You think you were dismayed in the last year?
Brace yourself for a rough ride because these cats have claws for slashing
And they've made it abundantly clear that they're perfectly prepared to do so.


from Eastern Canadian World Tour 2002, released August 1, 2002


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