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#1 HelenVJ

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 08:19

Does anyone have an inspired suggestion for a song that Yr 5 and 6 could sing for their departing teachers? Our wonderful Drama and Music teachers are both leaving - so we'd like an effective tear jerker for the girls to sing to them. Cheesey/schmaltzy is OK but please not 'So long, Farewell' as I have a total aversion to that one now.
Something a bit upbeat and contemporary would be good!
Thanks!
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 08:26

Not exactly upbeat... but we always do the Irish Blessing for people who are leaving ("May the road rise up to meet you..."). There's also a lovely song by Fischy Music called "As we go now".
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 08:28

off the top of my head I can only think of Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye - it's definitely not contemporary and only moderately upbeat
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 08:35

Don't Leave Me This Way
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Goodbyee Goodbyee (Wipe a tear, baby dear, from your eyeee)
Bye Bye Baby (with sincere apologies to all those who thought they had obliterated the Bay City Rollers from their memories over the last few decades)


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Does anyone have an inspired suggestion for a song that Yr 5 and 6 could sing for their departing teachers? Our wonderful Drama and Music teachers are both leaving - so we'd like an effective tear jerker for the girls to sing to them. Cheesey/schmaltzy is OK but please not 'So long, Farewell' as I have a total aversion to that one now.
Something a bit upbeat and contemporary would be good!
Thanks!


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#5 Robodoc

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 09:26

The goodbye song from Pete & Dud (the theme tune from their TV show "Not Only but Also"). It's fun, only lasts about a minute and has a bit towards the end where you can write you own script to speak over the music as required - Peter Cook used to thank their guests.

Or Wierd Al Yankovic's "Since you've been gone" (my son and I do this as an A Cappella Duet).
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 11:18

Abba - Waterloo music, start with 'Bye Bye', then write your own topical words.
Quite easy to get karioke playalong too, if you don't have another music teacher or piano player to play for you.
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 17:11

It isn't upbeat but it IS schmaltzy, cheesey and not-a-dry-eye-in-the-housey - Sally K Albrecht's 'Go Forth With A Song' - had my choir sing it at weddings and also for Y6 Leavers' assemblies and I think it might be just the thing (except that it's slow rather than 'upbeat'). It is in two (easy) parts but you could adapt it for unison.

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 18:00

Back to Abba - and my Saturday morning lot did "Thank you for the Music" when I left.

You can substitute the teachers' names for the words 'for the music' to personalise it (ie "Thank you Mr Thomas") etc - if you see what I mean.

And even the kids who say they hate Abba get into it! biggrin.gif

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 18:02

QUOTE(maggiemay @ Jul 4 2007, 09:28 AM) View Post

off the top of my head I can only think of Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye - it's definitely not contemporary and only moderately upbeat


Or from the same era: Sing as you go, and let the world go by.'
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 19:45

When the last head at my kids' primary school left, they got together and did a version of 'Sweet Home Alabama' - with the first words being

Mr Roberts is leaving
He is going far away, etc.

It was great as my son had his drum kit in school for his presentation that morning and his best friend was on lead guitar. The girls all sang and it was fab ! And not too sad !!
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 19:50

How about 'Wind Beneath My Wings' if all the lyrics seem suitable. Absolutely love this song - especially when Daniel O' Donnell sings it biggrin.gif
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 22:51

Incidentally, for a leaving headteacher - Alan Simmons' 'Last Day at School' is good - written specifically for a retiring head - long though!

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 22:55

Many thanks for all these brilliant suggestions! Now I'll see how many my lyricist and I can incorporate into some kind of medley.. we'll need to change quite a few words .. but - 'Did you ever know that you're my hero? ' etc could segue nicely into' So we say Thank You for the music'...(and so on)

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 11:57

We made up our own words to a beatles medley when I left schoo

Started with Mr --- lonely hearts club band

Feel the Beat of the yellow tambourine,

substituted teachers name in hey jude, think it went -

hey ___ don't be so sad
la la la (can't remember this line)
remember, not all our songs were this bad,
then you'll begin to make it better.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 16:06

Schools Out (Alice Cooper)?
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