This Song Is My Homework
by John Forster & Tom Chapin
© 2003 Limousine Music Co. & The Last Music Co. (ASCAP)

It seemed pretty easy and totally cool
When Mister Carlucci assigned it in school:
A personal story in the form of a song.
You donít have to rhyme it. It neednít be lengthy.

A week ago Monday this assignment seemed fun,
But itís midnight on Sunday, I havenít begun.
The rest of the family has all gone to bed,
Iím here in the kitchen, not a thought in my head.
This song is my homework. Tomorrow itís due.
I need an idea, I havenít a clue.
I could have, I should have, I didnít, instead
I waited and waited and waited and waited.
Iím dead!

Carlucci says, "Writing is best when itís true.
The trick is to write what you know
Through and through."
My brother said, "Wow. This song will be short!"
Thanks for the help, Mister Show Of Support!
This song is my homework. But whatís it about?
Iím starting to panic. My timeís running out.
I could have, I should have, I didnít, instead
I waited and waited and waited and waited.
Iím dead!

Too little! Too late!
Why oh why oh why did I wait?
Got nothing but junk!
Iíll show up tomorrow
And much to my sorrow Iíll flunk!

Wait! Hereís an idea. Hey, how íbout a song
íBout a homework assignment
Gone horribly wrong?
íBout a kid up at midnight who feels like a jerk.
Itís something I know. Hey, I think it could work!
This song is my homework,
My homeworkís this song.
Turns out Iíve been doing the job all along,
Researching the world of a true slugabed.
Who waited and waited and procrastinated,
Heís dead!

This song is my homework.
My homeworkís this song.
I guess Iíve been writing a song all along.
This song is my homework. I hope itís all right.
I did it. Iím finished. Iím tired.
Carlucci, good night!


This song appears on Tom Chapin's Making Good Noise CD.

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