A SONG OF MR. JAGO

(To be sung to the tune of the Irish folk song “Blarney Rose”)
IF YOU HAD A TEACHER WHO WOULD KICK A SOCCER BALL
AND HIS LAST NAME WAS JAGO AND HIS FIRST NAME WAS PAUL
THEN YOU KNOW OF A MAN WITH THE BALL SKILLS TO BOAST,
AND A VINTAGE B.M.W. IN WHICH HE LIKED TO COAST
AN EASTERN PENNSYLVANIAN BORN AND BRED
WITH THE KIDS UP THERE HE HAD MAD STREET CRED.
BUT TO MARYLAND HE CAME WHEN HE ANSWERED THE CALLING
EVEN THOUGH THE HUMIDITY HERE WAS DOWN-RIGHT APPALLING
AND UNLIKE HIS TWIN BROTHER WHO MOVED HERE TO BEAT US
THE HIP MR JAGO HAD A PASSION TO TEACH US
ENGLISH, MATH, SCIENCE, & HISTORY
HOW HE DID THE JOB OF SEVEN TEACHERS, TO ME IS STILL A MYSTERY
EVERYDAY IN THE CLASS HE WOULD PUT ON A GREAT SHOW
AND ONE YEAR, IF YOU RECALL, HE EVEN PLAYED A BANDITO
FROM THAT GOOFY LAUGH THAT IS SO UNFORGETTABLE
TO HIS ATTEMPTS AT A BRITISH ACCENT THAT ONE MIGHT CALL “REGRETTABLE”
MR JAGO WAS OUR TEACHER AND A RENAISSANCE MAN
AND STILL, TO THIS DAY, I’LL ADMIT… I’M A FAN

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