To Middle School and Beyond!

by Monty Harper and Skyline Fifth Graders, May 2012

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Monty wrote these songs during a residency with 5th graders at Skyline Elementary in Stillwater Oklahoma. Support was provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council.

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released May 23, 2012

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Monty Harper helps 3rd-5th grade students create and perform original songs that make meaningful connections.

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Track Name: Our Sixth Grade Teacher Is Something Else
Our Sixth Grade Teacher Is Something Else

She wears sunglasses over her eyes
When she talks it’s like a buzzing of flies
She can see everything behind her back
If you break a rule she’ll turn you into a snack
The back of her dress looks a lot like a tail
Wherever she goes she leaves a slimy trail
Her double-wide shoes could hide 18 toes
When she’s angry we see fire shooting out of her nose!

Our sixth grade teacher is something else
Something else entirely
She’s creepy and weird with her freak flag unfurled
You might even say
She’s out of this world

We tried asking her where she was from
She just answered with a flick of her tongue
We listened in when she talked on the phone
But she spoke a language that was all her own
One day she was teaching astronomy
When she stepped on her dress and her tail came free
Her sunglasses fell and we saw her face
That’s when she admitted she’s from outer space

Our sixth grade teacher is something else
Something else entirely
She’s creepy and weird with her freak flag unfurled
You might even say
She’s out of this world

She took our class on a cosmic trip
She flew us away in her number six ship
We passed all the planets and made a quick run
Around a black hole that could swallow the sun
Then we were stranded and we’ll never forget
How we all pitched in to fix the plasma jet
She may be a crazy kind of alien creature
But you gotta admit, she’s a pretty good teacher

Our sixth grade teacher is something else
Something else entirely
She’s creepy and weird with her freak flag unfurled
You might even say
She’s out of this world
Track Name: Planet Middle School
It’s coming!
Look out!
Here it comes now!
Look out!

Gonna be a - Crash landing
When the new school year begins
New teachers - New lockers
New subjects and new friends
Fifth grade is the home we will be flying from
Look out, Planet Middle School,
here we
come!

Some say leaving elementary school is just like leaving home
Some say middle school teachers can be meaner than Tibble the gnome
Some say middle school’s a monster - if you’re smart you better run
Some say it’s a roller coaster ride full of wild and furious fun
Some say leaving elementary school is bound to break your heart
Friends who grew like flowers on a stem may begin to grow apart
Some say middle school’s a prison filled with walls that block your way
Some call middle school a birthday bash with new surprises every day

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Some say middle school’s an ice cream truck where every new friend is a treat
Some say it’s something like an alien world
full of creatures that you’re pretty sure you never wanna meet
Some say middle school’s a swim at the beach -
with the warm sun on your back
Others say yes, it is a swim at the beach and you’ll probably feel a shark attack
Some say Middle School’s a lawnmower ride - if you fall it might chop you down
Some say it’s like a trip to Hollywood, and you’re gonna take over the town
Some say it’s something like an elephant stampede, pretty much out of control
Some would be happy just staying behind and some of us are raring to go

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Track Name: Space Party
They say we're gonna graduate
We're heading for a brand new place
But what they don't know
Is we're gonna go
To a party in outer space

Eating comet crunch, drinking Pluto punch
Eating chocolate bars on the planet mars
Eating pizza pies from the starry skies
It's a party in outer space (you’re invited to a)
Space party, outer space party
Space party, outer space party
Space party, space party, space party, wooo!

Take an asteroid ride to the other side
Get a glitter bath from a comet's path
Take a dive and play in the Milky Way
It's a party in outer space (you’re invited to a)
Space party, outer space party
Space party, outer space party
Space party, space party, space party, wooo!

Looking back at Earth from wherever we are
Kids back there gotta grow up
But here we dance on every star
Yeah we’re gonna dance until we drop
Cause this space party ain't never gonna stop

Busting through the doors of the galaxy shores
Having lots of fun tanning on the sun
Drinking galaxy water getting hotter and hotter
It's a party in outer space (you’re invited to a)
Space party, outer space party
Space party, outer space party
Space party, space party, space party, wooo! 2x

Space party!