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Tom Paxton (American)

Thomas Paxton, born in 1937 is an folk singer and songwriter who has been writing, performing and recording music for over forty years. In 2009, Paxton received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Tom Paxton’s songs can be emotionally affective and cover a wide range of topics, from the serious and profound to the lighthearted and comical. “What Did … Continued

Thomas Paxton, born in 1937 is an folk singer and songwriter who has been writing, performing and recording music for over forty years. In 2009, Paxton received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Tom Paxton’s songs can be emotionally affective and cover a wide range of topics, from the serious and profound to the lighthearted and comical. “What Did You Learn in School Today?” mocks the way children are often taught lies. “Jimmy Newman” is the story of a dying soldier, and “My Son John” is a moving song about a soldier who comes back home and can’t even begin to describe what he’s been through. “Beau John” is a civil rights era song about taking a stand againstracial injustice .  “A Thousand Years” tells the chilling tale of Neo-Nazi uprising, and “Train for Auschwitz” is about the Holocaust . “On the Road to Srebrenica” is about Bosnian Muslims who were killed in a 1995 massacre in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  “The Bravest” is a song about the firefighters who gave their lives while trying to save others on Setptember 11, 2001. 

What Did You Learn in School Today? 

What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
I learned that Washington never told a lie.
I learned that soldiers seldom die.
I learned that everybody’s free.
And that’s what the teacher said to me.
That’s what I learned in school today.
That’s what I learned in school.


What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
I learned our government must be strong.
It’s always right and never wrong.
Our leaders are the finest men.
And we elect them again and again.
That’s what I learned in school today.
That’s what I learned in school.

What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
I learned that war is not so bad.
I learned of the great ones we have had.
We fought in Germany and in France.
And some day I might get my chance.
That’s what I learned in school today.
That’s what I learned in school.   

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