"We Rule the School" as written by and Murdoch/colburn/cooke/geddes/jackson/campbell....
On a beech tree rudely carved
Nc was here
Why did she do it?
Was she scared or sad?

On a beech tree rudely carved
Nc loved me
Why did she do it?
Was she bored, or pushed

Do something pretty while you can
Don't be a fool
Reading the gospel to yourself is fine

Do something pretty while you can
Don't be afraid
Skating a pirouette on ice is cool

On a bus stop in the town
"We rule the school"
Written for everyone to see and read

On a bus stop in the town
"We rule the school"
Written for everyone with eyes in their head

Do something pretty while you can
Don't fall asleep
Driving from California to new york

Call me a prophet if you like
It's no secret
You know the world is made for men
You know the world is made for men
You know the world is made for men
Not us

Lyrics submitted by girlboyrevolt, edited by fathousefly, adngai, zarageorge

"We Rule the School" as written by Isobel Campbell Christopher Geddes

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    General CommentI think by "You know the world was made for men" he meant that the world is made for tough, dominant, often artless people who focus on the practical side of life. Those are they who get the most power and attention in the world. They often don't care for or appreciate the tiny yet beautiful things in life- such as pirouettes on ice, or graffiti on a beech tree.

    Love this song.
    Cowyon January 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song because its about noticing all the little marks of graffiti that are everywhere and wondering what happened to these people or why they felt the need to record their thoughts. Than the song urges you to do something with your life, it doesn't have to be anything big but leave your mark even if it seems insignificant like carving your name in a tree.
    mcooneyon January 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song, it's just so pretty!
    personno.1on November 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcould "don't fall asleep" mean taking your own life? or just dozing off while travelling maybe
    samanacayon October 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about tenneaged girls and how they have a freedom in high school that they don't get afterwards. It's a man's world out there, so they should "do something pretty while they can". Fear, boredom, peer pressure, all the things that push one away from "reading the gospel to yourself" seem worth giving in to. They're only there for a limited time. Reading the gospel to yourself is fine, but it sounds disappointing compared to driving from Cali to NY, doesn't it?

    I think that's what the song suggests. Live. Leave a mark that only makes sense to you. Be good later, you're free and young and can do beautiful things with that.
    floodlineon December 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song. that background music of violin i think? sounds like pachabel's canon
    Method Actingon October 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is based on Pachabel's Canon. "Do something pretty while you can" are good words to live by.
    Finster_17on December 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about the artistic/sensitive class of people coexisting with the gruff, primal people.

    Suicide is presented in the first to stanzas - the difficulties of an artistic/sensitive person dealing with an often cruel, selfish world. The line "was she pushed?" sets up the song for this tension with other types of people who are thicker-skinned and less reflective/artistic.

    The next two stanzas are about having the courage to be yourself - to do things even if you don't fit in with others.

    "We Rule the School" on the bus stop was metaphorically written by men - those without sensitivity who grab what they please.

    The last stanza is self-explanatory.

    As always, just my opinion.
    thefrode989on February 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure that the lyrics are; "Why did she do it? Was she scared? Was she bored?"
    And then
    "Was she scared? Was she pushed?" Not "was she scared, or sad" and "was she bored or pushed"
    Also, the skating a pirouette on ice and the gospel verses should be reversed. (Skating comes first in the song.)
    HeavilyDruggedGovernmentBearon January 10, 2015   Link

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