Just when I thought I finally learned my lesson well,
There was more to this than meets the eye
And for all the things you taught me, only time will tell,
If I'll be able to survive, oh yeah

Teacher, teacher, can you teach me?
Can you tell me all I need to know?
Teacher, teacher, can you reach me?
Or will I fall when you let me go? Oh no

Am I ready for the real world, will I pass the test?
You know it's a jungle out there
Ain't nothin' gonna stop me, I won't be second best,
But the joke's on those who believe the system's fair, oh yeah

Teacher, teacher, can you teach me?
Can you tell me if I'm right or wrong?
Teacher, teacher, can you reach me?
I want to know what's goin' on, oh yeah

So the years go on and on, but nothing's lost or won
And what you learned is soon forgotten
They take the best years of your life,
Try to tell you wrong from right,
But you walk away with nothing, oh oh

Teacher, teacher, can you teach me?
Can you tell me all I need to know?
Teacher, teacher, can you reach me?
Or will I fall when you let me go?

Teacher, teacher, can you teach me?
Can you tell me if I'm right or wrong?
Teacher, teacher, can you reach me?
I want to know what's goin' on, oh

Teacher, teacher, can you teach me?
Teacher, teacher, can you reach me?
Teacher, teacher, can you teach me?
Teacher, teacher, oh yeah
Teacher, teacher, teacher, teacher


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    this song is bout fukin yor teechur.whin i was in hi sckool i wantid 2 fuk sevrul of my teechurs but they were all maryied or had boyfrends and one was prolly a fukin lesbin (fuckin' quers!). besids i was dum in hi skool anyway and they prolly wanted dudes that were smartie nurdy pants!

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