8, Going On 9

8, Going On 9

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8, Going On 9

Liner Notes: 

Sorry, boys and girls, I'm going to be away from the studio for the next week or so. A little vacation.

Meanwhile here's a song inspired by a young ladyfriend who is indeed a third grade teacher, and that I told I'd write a song for in a drunken moment. Her name is Alice, so while we were having drinks I tried improvising rhymes to her name that did NOT start with a "ph"... I guess you had to be there.

True story: I skipped third grade, going right from 2nd to 4th. Thus began years of immature "acting out" in school. Ah, good times...

I don't know about the rest of you, but I had crushes on lots of my teachers. Now I'm older and all of my crushes are on the nurses who periodically struggle to keep me alive. Time marches on.

Anyway, hope you enjoy it.

Lyrics: 

8, GOING ON 9

Words & Music
By
Jerry Pettit

I remember my first day of school,
So nervous and afraid;
But it wasn't long I made new friends.
And then there came 3rd grade.
Miss Alice was our teacher, and
It took me by surprise:
The way I felt toward her
When I first looked at her eyes.

She would stand up at the blackboard.
She would smile at us in turn.
When Miss Alice gave her smile to me,
I'd look away and squirm.
I'd never seen such beauty--
Not before and never since.
I'd imagine her a princess,
I'd imagine me her prince.

FIDDLE SOLO

CHORUS:
'Cuz I loved Miss Alice with such love
I still recall the ache.
Oh, a boy's first love he won't forget;
To feel that first heartbreak.
I looked forward to each day of school,
Miss Alice looking fine.
And I dreamed some day she'd be my wife.
I was 8, GOING ON 9.

Last day, sitting in the lunchroom,
Eating sandwiches Mom packed,
Alice asked us all for quiet;
Told us she would not be back.
She was going to be married,
And was moving far away,
And I think she looked right in my eyes;
That's how I recall that day...

CHORUS:
'Cuz I loved Miss Alice with such love
I still recall the ache.
Oh, a boy's first love he won't forget;
To feel that first heartbreak.
I looked forward to each day of school,
Miss Alice looking fine.
And I dreamed some day she'd be my wife.
I was 8, GOING ON 9.

© 2018, Jerry Pettit



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Comments

Frances Smith's picture

Ahhhh, that's sweet, and beautifully innocent. I hope Alice likes it. Lovely song. Have a good holiday.

katpiercemusic's picture

As a teacher of young kids, the concept is very unsetting, but I can't help but be charmed by this song. It's very sweet.

billwhite51's picture

your songs would ake such a perfect soundtrack to a nostalgic movie you are so good at evoking tme place and characters. when i was i furth grade i used to go to my lady teachers house after dinner and play chess and talk about literature. then in 11th grade my english teacher enticed me to take her greek language class because she imagined me wrting poetry in greek. i just couldnt get the hang of it though and started skipping her class and she sent notes to me in home room begging me to come back, that is the extent of my unusual relationships to primary school teachers. on another note,every girl i know to have had an affair with one or more of her professors went on to become a teacer herself.

Cicpisces's picture

Sweet song. A common theme of fancying your teacher. Lyrically it is very poetic and a story well told. Musically it moves the song along with great ease. Only complaint I have is where you put the fiddle solo. I thought it should come after the chorus.

Jerry Pettit's picture

It usually would, and I don't think I'll make that change again. I was just growing weary of verse, verse, chorus, solo, verse and tried mixing it up. Point taken! Thanks!

MarkG's picture

A sweet song. I think this is a fairly common thing for kids to innocently practice being in love. I remember that "going on..." and "...and a half" age padding. I counted the days until I turned 16 and 21. Now I try to forget.