Ode to a Gym Teacher (Meg Christian)

“Ode to a Gym Teacher” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Ode to a Gym Teacher” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Meg Christian.
Tune: Meg Christian.


She was a big tough woman, the first to come along
That showed me being female meant you still could be strong.
And though graduation meant that we had to part,
She’ll always be a player on the ball field of my heart.

I wrote her name on my notepad and inked it on my dress.
And I etched it on my locker, and I carved it on my desk.
And I painted big red hearts with her initials on my books.
And I never knew ’til later why I got those funny looks.

She was a big tough woman, the first to come along
That showed me being female meant you still could be strong.
And though graduation meant that we had to part,
She’ll always be a player on the ball field of my heart.

Well, in gym class, while the others talked of boys they loved,
I’d be thinking of new aches and pains the teacher had to rub.
And when other girls went to the prom, I languished by the phone,
Calling up and hanging up if I found out she was home.

She was a big tough woman, the first to come along
That showed me being female meant you still could be strong.
And though graduation meant that we had to part,
She’ll always be a player on the ball field of my heart.

I sang her songs by Johnny Mathis. I gave her everything:
A new chain for her whistle and some daisies in the spring,
Some suggestive poems for Christmas by Ms. Edna Millay,
And a lacy, lacy, lacy card for Valentine’s Day.

She was a big tough woman, the first to come along
That showed me being female meant you still could be strong.
And though graduation meant that we had to part,
She’ll always be a player on the ball field of my heart.

So, you just go to any gym class, and you’ll be sure to see
One girl who sticks to teacher like a leaf sticks to a tree,
One girl who runs the errands and who chases all the balls,
One girl who may grow up to be the gayest of all.

She was a big tough woman, the first to come along
That showed me being female meant you still could be strong.
And though graduation meant that we had to part,
She’ll always be a player on the ball field of my heart.


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