I attended Myers Elementary School (suburban Philadelphia) from first grade through fourth grade – autumn 1981 through fall of 1985. I recall our music classes singing some tunes I would not expect to find in the, err, “syllabus,” for such a class. Robert Goltz and Jan Goltz taught the classes I was in. I compile the songs can I remember here:
There others I can recall, such as this one about an old car, and this one about, um, being crazy. Others I cannot find references to. Two of them have such nonsense lyrics that without documentation on a web page, I’m embarrassed to reveal what my memories hold. Eric S. remembered one of these – so my memory is proven correct in this case. I found referenced to versions of it here and here. A reference to the another song with nonsense lyrics is here.
These are camp songs and children’s songs – what you’d expect mostly white upper-middle class suburban kids to sing in elementary school music classes.
That is, I wouldn’t expect songs about slaves and lower-class laborers, drunken sailors – especially without historical context. Ahh, the days before political correctness!