Friday, June 1, 2012

Claflin School, Rotten Tangerines, and the Old Days

  And speaking (see yesterday's blog) of songs adapted to the chorus of the Battle Hymn of the Republic (below),

Marash Girl remembers David Seeley and the boys at the first Claflin School on Washington Park in Newtonville, Massachusetts, laughing and singing the following lyrics to the above tune:

                  Glory, glory hallelujah!
                  The teacher hit me with a ruler.
                  I knocked her off the bean with a rotten tangerine
                  and I went marching home!

N.B. Marash Girl's Claflin School 6th grade class was the only 6th grade class in the then history of Claflin School  that was not allowed to go for a week of camping to Peterborough, New Hampshire  (thanks to Miss Tobin, or was it David Seeley).  No wonder!


  1. We used to sing that in Hopkinton Center School and my mother remembered it from Winthrop in the 1920s. There a number of variations.


    1. What are some of the variations?

    2. "bopped her off the bean
      with a Nazi submarine and she never taught school again"

      and, to the melody of the "Marine Hymn"

      From the halls of Center School
      to corridors of junior high
      We will our desks a mess,
      We are proud to claim the title
      of the teacher's little pests."