School Day

Album: After School Session (1957)
Charted: 24 3
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  • Up in the mornin' and out to school
    The teacher is teachin' the Golden Rule
    American history and practical math
    You studyin' hard and hopin' to pass
    Workin' your fingers right down to the bone
    And the guy behind you won't leave you alone

    Ring, ring goes the bell
    The cook in the lunch room's ready to sell
    You're lucky if you can find a seat
    You're fortunate if you have time to eat
    Back in the classroom, open your books
    Keep up the teacher don't know how mean she looks

    Soon as three o'clock rolls around
    You finally lay your burden down
    Close up your books, get outta your seat
    Down the halls and into the street
    Up to the corner and 'round the bend
    Right to the juke joint, you go in

    Drop the coin right into the slot
    You're gotta hear somethin' that's really hot
    With the one you love, you're makin' romance
    All day long you been wantin' to dance,
    Feeling the music from head to toe
    Round and round and round we go

    Drop the coin right into the slot
    You're gotta hear somethin' that's really hot
    With the one you love, you're makin' romance
    All day long you been wantin' to dance,
    Feeling the music from head to toe
    Round and round and round we go

    Hail, hail rock and roll
    Deliver me from the days of old
    Long live rock and roll
    The beat of the drums, loud and bold
    Rock, rock, rock and roll
    The feelin' is there, body and soul

Comments: 8

  • Barry from Sauquoit, Ny'Hail, hail rock'n'roll
    Deliver me from the days of old'
    On October 8th 1987, Chuck Berry received a star on the 'Hollywood Walk of Fame', it was the 1,857 star to be awarded...
    The very next day on October 9th his biographical movie, 'Hail, Hail Rock & Roll', opened in theaters across the U.S.A.
    I'm a big fan of Elvis, but I accept the fact that Chuck is the real 'King of Rock & Roll'; and Charles Edward Anderson Berry will celebrate his 89th birthday in ten days on October 18th {2015}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 6th 1957, Alan Freed's 'The Biggest Show Of Stars for 1957' road show appeared at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
    One of the thirteen acts that appeared in the show was Chuck Berry, and at the time his "School Day" was at #81* on Billboard's Top 100 chart; four months earlier on May 16th, 1957 it peaked at #5 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Top 100 chart, and at that same time it was #3 on the Pop Best Seller in Stores chart and at #1 on the R&B Best Seller in Stores chart…
    * According to Billboard "School Day" was actually tied at #81 with "A Fallen Star" by Jimmy C. Newman…
    On the Chess 45 RPM record the title read "School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell)".
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyHi Alex; the line is "Hail, Hail, Rock 'n Roll"; but in 1957 when the song was released a lot of people thought the title of the song was "Hail, Hail, Rock 'n Roll" instead of "School Days". They most likely realized their mistake once they read the label on the 45. I think it is one of the great rock lyrics of all time, what could be more truer!!!
  • Alex from Newcastle Upon Tyne, United KingdomWhat does it say instead of Hail, Hail, Rock 'n' Roll then? 'Cause the lyrics still say that.
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, CaHey, this was the first song that launched a thousand guitar players and rock-n-rollers...
    I wish the thin vinyl 45 had been a little more durable,
    as it warped like a flower sitting in the back seat of our car!Sorry, Dorothy and Jackie!
  • Zach from Easton, PaAhaha, yeah, the melodies are the same. Chuck had a tendency to make songs that were the same, or sounded extremely similar. Think about "Run Rudolph Run" and "Little Queenie" - they are pretty much the same.

    And a lot of songs at least sound the same.

    I don't mind it, though - it's awesome music.
  • John Dough from Toronto, CanadaAC/DC has made a cover of this song that can be heard on the Australia exclusive album, T.N.T.
  • AnonymousAfter you finish listening to this song, listen to Chuck Berry's hit "No Particular Place to Go". You'll find that the melodies to both these songs are purely identical!
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