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Song Saturday – Harry Chapin "Flowers are red"

I decided to be early for Song Saturday!

My father was an educator for more than 50 years. He loved being a teacher. He went to a convention and several people were talking about this song. He asked me if I had the song.

It is from Chapin’s Living Room Suite.

It is a melancholy song about the reality of education. It talks about conforming and being forced to do things one way and one way only.

There, so many colors in the rainbow and I see everyone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cVpkzZpDBA

  • Question of

    Memories are good, but sometimes make us wistful right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    there are so many colors in a rainbow, right?

    • Yes
    • No

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Written by DocAndersen

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    • i met flowers are red teacher in my second year as an educator. I remember seeing the person in the mimeograph room running off 30 copies of worksheets.
      I asked “you are really prepared, doing next week’s lesson ahead of time?” it was a Friday.
      No, she said this is next’s year’s lessons.

  1. Good to see that dad has a positive influence over you albeit the song’s pensivity.
    Raising awareness is a form of teaching. You do it so well I could mistake for an Educator.
    But then again who needs a degree to be an effective teacher or influencer?

  2. A beautiful song and a lesson well learned from the teacher: flowers are red, and flowers are green. Seeing the flowers in each of their own colour.
    Your dad really taught for many years. I’m amazed, he sure lives his occupation.

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