The Paul McCartney Project

School - We're Here in School Today to Get a Perfect Education

Written by Paul McCartneyCarl Davis

Album This song officially appears on the Liverpool Oratorio Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1991

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Song facts

We’re Here in School Today to Get a Perfect Education” is the first track of the second movement – entitled “School” – of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, released in 1991.

II: SCHOOL.  1953. The war baby – Shanty – now 11 years old and at school, celebrates his Liverpool upbringing. With classmates, he skips lessons to “sag off” and sunbathe in the graveyard of Liverpool Cathedral. Sleeping on a gravestone, he dreams of ghosts of the past and the future. One of the ghosts, Mary Dee, is his bride-to-be. Waking and back at school, Shanty and his classmates are taught Spanish in the form of a folk song by their new mistress, Miss Inkley.

“Liverpool Oratorio” liner notes

Last updated on July 10, 2019

Lyrics

BOYS
We're here in school today to get a perfect
education,
Yes, we're going up.
We're keen to learn the rules and laws that
civilization taught us,
Yes, we're growing up.
Not for ourselves,
But for the whole world were we born.
And we were born in Liverpool.

Our teachers say that ignorance will always
drag us down,
It's like a nagging cough.

SHANTY (thrown away)
But I can say that looking back,
The most important thing I found was
sagging off!
Not for the whole world,
But for yourself were you born.
And you were...

SHANTY and BOYS
Born in Liverpool.

BOYS
Not Birmingham
Nor Edinburgh.
Not Manchester
Or Sunderland.

SHANTY
Being born where you were born
Carries with it certain responsibilities.

BOYS
This school is good for us.

SHANTY
This school is only good for those
Who want to learn from books.

You'll lose your sense of purpose...

BOYS
But we dare not answer back,
We're scared of teacher's looks.
Not for ourselves,
But for the whole world were we born.
And we were born in Liverpool.

SHANTY
Not Coventry

HEADMASTER
Or Solihull.

BOYS
Not Scarborough

SHANTY
Nor Inverness.
Being born where you were born
Carries with it certain responsibilities.

Officially appears on


Liverpool Oratorio

Official album • Released in 1991

2:10 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Eddie Klein:
Additional engineer
John Timperley:
Balance engineer
Carl Davis:
Orchestra conductor
Peter Mew:
Additional engineer, Editor
John Fraser:
Producer
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra:
Orchestra
Nic Raine:
Assistant to carl davis
Martin Astle:
Additional engineer
Tom Leader:
Additional engineer, Editor
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir:
Choir
Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral:
Choir
Ian Tracey:
Chorus master and master of the choriste
Jerry Hadley:
Tenor
Willard White:
Bass

Concert From the concert in Liverpool, United Kingdom on Jun 28, 1991


Selections from Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio

Official album • Released in 1992

2:10 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Eddie Klein:
Additional engineer
John Timperley:
Balance engineer
Carl Davis:
Orchestra conductor
Peter Mew:
Additional engineer, Editor
John Fraser:
Producer
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra:
Orchestra
Nic Raine:
Assistant to carl davis
Martin Astle:
Additional engineer
Tom Leader:
Additional engineer, Editor
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir:
Choir
Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral:
Choir
Ian Tracey:
Chorus master and master of the choriste
Jerry Hadley:
Tenor
Willard White:
Bass

Concert From the concert in Liverpool, United Kingdom on Jun 28, 1991

Live performances

“School - We're Here in School Today to Get a Perfect Education” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where “School - We're Here in School Today to Get a Perfect Education” has been played




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