Union Songs

I'm Changing Our Name to Grammar

A Song by Maurie Mulheron©2001 APRA

The principal of a public school has a scheme ...

Oh, the cost of education makes me flinch
As public schools start to feel the pinch
From each dollar we have gained
Little has remained
No, our economic future is no cinch
But amidst the clouds I spot a shining ray
If we can make State Aid come back our way
So I've devised a plan of action
Worked it down to the last fraction
And I'm going into action here today

I'm changing our name to Grammar
And I'm heading down to Canberra, you see
I'll tell those bureaucrats
What they did for St Ignats
Will be perfectly acceptable to me
I'm changing our name to Grammar
And I'm heading for that great receiving line
So when they hand a million grand out
I'll be standing with my hand out
Yes, I'll get mine

When the P&C are screaming, "Where's the dough?"
I'll be proud to tell them all where they can go
They won't have to scream or holler
They'll get every last dollar
From where the endless streams of money seem to flow
I'll be proud to tell them all what they can do
It's a matter of a simple form or two
'Cause for private education, there's so much remuneration
In Canberra the cheque waits for you!

Since the first amphibians crawled out of the slime
We've been struggling in an unrelenting climb
We were hardly up and walking
Before money started talking
And subsidies were an awful crime
Now it's been that way for a millennium or two
But now it seems there's a different point of view
If you're enrolling at St Joey
No need to spend your doughy
'Cause Canberra will pay the fees for you


Mant thanks to Maurie Mulheron for permission to add this song to the Union Songs collection.

Based on I'm Changing My Name to Chrysler (Words and music by Tom Paxton, copyright Pax Music, ASCAP) Used by permission. Additional words by Maurie Mulheron