A small thing once happened at school That brought up a question for me, And somehow it brought me to see The price that I pay to be cool. Diane is a girl that I know. She's strange, like she doesn't belong. I don't mean to say that that's wrong. We don't like to be with her, though. And so, when we all made a plan To have this big party at Sue's, Most kids in the school got the news, But no one invited Diane. The thing about Taft Junior High Is, secrets don't last very long. I acted like nothing was wrong When I saw Diane start to cry. I know you may think that I'm cruel. It doesn't make me very proud. I just went along with the crowd. It's sad, but you have to in school. You can't pick the friends you prefer. You fit in as well as you can. I couldn't be friends with Diane, 'Cause then they would treat me like her. In one class at Taft Junior High, We study what people have done With gas chamber, bomber, and gun In Auschwitz, Japan, and My Lai. I don't understand all I learn. Sometimes I just sit there and cry. The whole world stood idly by To watch as the innocent burn. Like robots obeying some rule. Atrocities done by the mob. All innocent, doing their job. And what was it for? Was it cool? The world was aware of this Hell, But how many cried out in shame? What heroes, and who was to blame? A story that no one dared tell.
I promise to do what I can To not let it happen again. To care for all women and men. I'll start by inviting Diane.
About Bob Blue
Bob Blue (July 31, 1948 – March 17, 2006), a native of Huntington, NY and a resident of Massachusetts, was a teacher and songwriter. His most well-known song, The Ballad of Erica Levine, was occasionally performed by Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary.
Bob was a member of the band “The Nice Jewish Boys” and one of the founders of the Children’s Music Network.
There is a photo of Bob and a recording of Bob in the Children’s Music Network Blog at http://www.cmnonline.org/magic-penny/2004-bob-blue.htm
Songs that Bob wrote include “I Did It Their Way”, which is a parody of the horrors of academic life sung to the tune of “I Did It My Way”.
Bob suffered from multiple sclerosis in the last years of his life, and died from it in his home at Amherst, Massachusetts in 2006.