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(A selection of original working song parodies for the 2018 Oklahoma Walkout)

“Which Side Are You On?” (original by Florence Reece)

Which side are you on? (x4)

They say in Oklahoma
There are no neutrals there.
You’ll either with the walkout
Or the Council of Public Affairs

Which side are you on? (x4)

My daughter may be a teacher,
And I’m a teacher’s son,
We all must stand together
Until this battle’s won.

Which side are you on? (x4)

Oh teachers can you stand it?
When they say there’s no money
Cause we can get our raises
If they raise the GPT

Which side are you on? (x4)

Come all you state employees,
Good news to you I’ll tell
Of how the good old union
Has come in here to dwell.

Which side are you on? (x4)

Don’t scab for legislators
Don’t listen to their lies
Us teachers haven’t got a chance
Unless we organize

Which side are you on? (x4)

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“Educator” (to the tune of “Union Maid” by Woody Guthrie)

There once was an educator,
She made politicians hate her
Cause she did her job
and she worked for Cobb
But a raise they would not pay her.
She went to the Capitol,
She gave them all an ear full
And when Spring Break came around
She always stood her ground.

Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union,
I’m sticking to the union, I’m sticking to the union.
Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union,
I’m sticking to the union ’til the day I die.

This teacher she was wise
to the tricks of corporate spies,
She couldn’t be fooled
by Republican stool,
she’d always organize.
She always got her way
when she struck for better pay.
She’d show her card
to the Security Guard
And this is what she’d say

(chorus)

If we all want a raise,
We’ve got to learn this phrase;
With ESPs and state employees
Solidarity is what pays
Teaching life ain’t hard
when you got a union card,
Things aren’t great in this red state
But there’s oil in my back yard

(chorus)

“What Did You Learn at the Capitol Today?”
(to the tune of “What Did You Learn in School Today?” by Tom Paxton)

What did you learn at the Capitol today, Dear little teacher of mine?
What did you learn at the Capitol today, Dear little teacher of mine?

I learned that Fallin never tells a lie
I learned how often good bills die
I learned the market must be free
‘Cause that’s what my senator said to me
That’s what I learned at the capitol today. That’s what I learned in there.

(chorus)

I learned that weapons are my friends
I learned that justice never ends
I learned to always walk the line
But guns in schools are perfectly fine
That’s what I learned at the capitol today. That’s what I learned in there.

(chorus)

I learned that taxes must be small
Especially for the rich who own it all
Politicians are the finest men
And we elect them again and again
That’s what I learned at the capitol today. That’s what I learned in there.

(chorus)

I learned that vouchers aren’t so bad
I learned about the choices we could have
We fight them every single year
But Calvey’s bills will always be here
That’s what I learned at the capitol today. That’s what I learned in there.

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“I Don’t Want Your Millions, Senator” (original by Jim Garland)

I don’t want your millions, Senator,
I don’t want your diamond ring.
All I want is a living wage, Senator,
Give me back my school again.

Now, I don’t want your per diem, Senator,
I don’t want your four day week
All I want is books for my students,
Give to us ‘08 funding back.

We teach to build the future, Senator,
While you enjoy a life of ease.
You’ve stolen all that we built, Senator,
Now our children starve and freeze.

So, I don’t want your office, Senator
I don’t want your travel expense
All I want is 10,000, Senator
Please respect my job again

Think me dumb if you wish, Senator,
Call me green, or blue, or red.
This one thing I sure know, Senator,
My hungry babies must be fed.

Take the two old parties, Senator
No difference in them I can see.
But if we end the “right-to-work” system
We could set the people free.

So, I don’t want your re-election, Senator,
I don’t want your part time job
All I want is free to teach, Senator,
If I’m not, be sure, I’ll walk.

“The Teacher is the One”
(to the tune of “The Farmer is the Man” traditional)

When the teacher comes to town
and her car is broken down,
Still the teacher is the one who helps us all.
If you’ll only look and see,
then I think you will agree
That the teacher is the one who helps us all.

The teacher is the one, (x2)
Works on lessons ’til the fall.
Then she works on Saturdays,
But she never gets a raise
And the CEO’s the one who gets it all.

Politicians hangs around
And they’re always making sound
But the teacher is the one who helps us all.
And the government is broke,
Cause the governor’s a joke
But the teacher is the one who helps us all.

(chorus)

When the oil men pay for meals
and ALEC always writes the bills,
They forget that it’s the teacher helps us all.
It would put them to the test
if the teacher took a rest
‘Cause the teacher is the one who helps us all.

(chorus)

Then the teacher left the state,
And the funding came too late,
Still the teacher is the one who helps us all.
When the schools are all closed down
But the kids are still around
You’ll remember that the teacher helped us all.

“The Teachers’ Song” (to the tune of “The Diggers’ Song” traditional)

You noble teachers all stand up now, stand up now
You noble teachers all stand up now
Our profession to maintain
And know our Reps. by name
Your teaching does proclaim
Your dignity remains
Stand up now, stand up now

Your salary is last stand up now, stand up now
Your salary is last, stand up now
Your salary is last,
Your friends are leaving fast
Many deadlines past
But the die has not been cast
Stand up now teachers all

With knowledge and with pride stand up now, stand up now
With knowledge and with pride, stand up now
Your profession to uphold
We teachers must be bold
Don’t be afraid to fight
For what you know is right
Stand up now teachers all

The Senate they come round, stand up now, stand up now.
The Senate they come round, stand up now.
Their wisdom so profound
to cheat us of our ground
But we will make them sweat
‘Til our demands are met
Stand up now teachers all.

Also see, “Masters of Law.”

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