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Bring it Back (Gram Partisans) (June 9)

Once upon a time ……not too long ago ……There were some guarantees ……
Of service for our kids … in all the public schools …at levels that met their needs

Then these guarantees were trashed, by a government who said,
That they weren't worth the money,
Now the system has been starved for twelve long years, but we will not let this be


Bring it back …. bring it back ……… Support for special needs,
Bring it back …. bring it back ……… To what the class size used to be,
Bring it back …. bring it back ……… to what our kids all need,
Bring it back …. bring it back ……… To what the service used to be.



They said the wording was too cumbersome, and that it tied their hands,
Cause it ensured that there must be,
Needed service for each child, in a timely way, and with a guarantee.

So they tore up teachers’ contract, that made them do it right,
They said this would set us free,
And the name for the cutbacks that they had planned, was flexibility.


No support for every child ? ……………Flexibility !
Not in a timely way? ……………………Flexibility !
No support for one to one? ………….. Flexibility !
Kids without the help they need … EVERY SINGLE DAY !


Bring it back …. bring it back ……… Support for special needs,
Bring it back …. bring it back ……… To what the class size used to be,
Bring it back …. bring it back ……… to what our kids all need,
Bring it back …. bring it back ……… To what the service used to be.


Now the system ……. it is bleeding …… and everyone's upset ……..
And we're very far from where we once were …….
All the guarantees are gone ………. and there's nothing in their place …………
And so our kids just keep getting hurt …….. so-o-o-o-o-o

Bring it back …. bring it back ……… Support for special needs,
Bring it back …. bring it back ……… To what the class size used to be,
Bring it back …. bring it back ……… to what our kids all need,
Bring it back …. bring it back ……… To what the service used to be.


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from BC Teachers Picket Line Songs, released July 5, 2014
Bill Hood - vocals, guitar, Georgina Arntzen - vocals, mandolin, Diana Wort - vocals, ukulele, Alan Zisman - accordion, Phil Wallace - bass. Recorded by Simon Kendall. Song written by Bill Hood

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The Gram Partisans Vancouver, British Columbia

The Gram Partisans are a political folk band in Vancouver, BC (Canada). Founded by Bob Rosen (1947-2011) and Bill Hood, current members are Georgina Arntzen (vocals, mandolin), Peter Bazovski (violin, Bill Hood (vocals, guitar), Phil Wallace (vocals, bass), and Alan Zisman (accordion). Their recently released CD, You Will Not Stand Alone, was produced by Simon Kendall. ... more

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