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North Carolina: “I Need a Teacher”

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Reader Greg Brozeit posted the following comment and video.

I went to see Hiss Golden Messenger, aka MC Taylor, perform. He played a new song that I think all of you will appreciate. Here is what he said to introduce it:

“I was thinking about, what to make a video, how to make a video for this song. And I started thinking about all of the teachers that I’ve had in my life, specifically public school teachers. My wife is a public school teacher. Both of my parents were public school teachers. My sister is a high school counselor. Both of my kids go to public schools. I’m a product of public schools. And we all turned out pretty good. And, I don’t know what it’s like here [Cleveland], but teachers in North Carolina get treated like absolute trash. And it’s rough. So, the teachers in North Carolina, about a month ago, staged a walkout, it wasn’t a strike, but school was cancelled statewide and thousands of teachers gathered in the state capital, Raleigh, and marched with their demands. Which are simple: fund education, basically. It seems so simple.

“So, we sent a film crew out there just to capture the faces of the teachers, just to take their pictures and assemble them into a video. And I think that I’m really close to it because of all the people in my life that have been teachers and have been dealing with legislators telling them that they’re lazy, they’re not worth paying any more than, you know, a babysitter. And the video is so heavy. I can’t wait for you to see it. When I got the first cut back, I just cried and cried like I haven’t before because I saw this thing in these teachers’ faces that I’ve been seeing my whole life, which is like: we love this job, why don’t you pay us to do it?

“So, yeah, you’re going to see this video in a couple of days, but this is a tune called ‘I Need A Teacher.’”

It was released today and I hope you all enjoy and will be inspired by it as I was:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=nDGYV82lAFI

Love me harder
Cry like thunder
Kick the floorboards
Paint it a different color

Another year older
Debt slightly deeper
Paycheck smaller
Goddamn, I need a teacher

Rock me, Daddy, I’m still your kid
The ways to you are oh so very different
Beauty in the broken American moment

Rock me, Daddy, happiness ain’t free
I see where you’re at, I know you can see me
Beauty in the broken American moment

Tell the truth, dear
Don’t be jaded
That’s no way to play it
To say it
To feel it

Lord, make me thankful
Though it ain’t easy
Give it away freely
It’ll come back to you eventually

Rock me, Daddy, I’m still your kid
The ways to you are oh so very different
Beauty in the broken American moment

Rock me, Daddy, happiness ain’t free
I see where you’re at, I know you can see me
Beauty in the broken American moment

 

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