Marching Out of School

by Bruce Lansky
(sing to the tune of “Sound Off”)

When the final school bell rings…
(When the final school bell rings…)
Get in line with all your things.
(Get in line with all your things.)

Sound off! (One, two.)
Sound off! (Three, four.)
One, two, three, four.
One, two—(clap!)—three, four!

Forward march, now move your feet.
(Forward march, now move your feet.)
Left, right, left, right—that’s the beat.
(Left, right, left, right—that’s the beat.)


When you’re marching down the hall…
(When you’re marching down the hall.)
Always smile and stand up tall.
(Always smile and stand up tall.)


Pass the office, then you’re out.
(Past the office, then you’re out.)
That’s when you can scream and shout.
(That’s when you can scream and shout.)


Marching out of school’s a blast.
(Marching out of school’s a blast.)
When you’re out, you’re free at last!
(When you’re out, you’re free at last!)


Text © Bruce Lansky reprinted from I’ve Been Burping in the Classroom, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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