A Song Tribute to the Teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School

iStock_000013696878_ExtraSmallIn light of the news we're hearing about the heroic acts done by teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I thought I would share with you this song I wrote several years ago as a tribute to teachers. It's called "Everyday Hero" from my album "Live in Harmony."

When I wrote it over 15 years ago, I had no idea that my lyrics, "I came to thank you yesterday, but now the school is gone," would ring too true in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, CT.  I only was writing about my own childhood elementary school which closed after years of declining enrollment.  The good news is that this school, Red Hill Elementary School in Tustin, did eventually reopen and is once again bustling with students.  My prayer is that one day, Sandy Hook will also reopen and be thriving again, though perhaps at a different location and in due time.

Thank you, dear teachers, not only at Sandy Hook but also at every school everywhere, for sacrificing your life, both literally and figuratively, everyday for your students.  You are truly heroes.

Click Everyday Hero to listen to the song.

Here are the lyrics:

Everyday Hero

(verse 1)
You were the light that broke the darkness
You helped me find my way
Into a world of books and knowledge
Learning more each day

You gave me hope that's worth believing
To be all that I could be
I think of you now with a grateful heart
You left your mark on me

(chorus)
Everyday hero and guiding light
Everyday you taught me wrong from right
I thank the Lord above
For your labor of love
Everyday Hero

(verse 2)
Reading and writing was a struggle
Arithmetic was okay
But you were the reason I came back
To the classroom everyday

Standing beside the blackboard
You were telling us once again
How we should treat each other
And why recess had to end

(chorus)
Everyday hero and guiding light
Everyday you taught me wrong from right
I thank the Lord above
For your labor of love
Everyday Hero

(bridge)
I came to thank you yesterday
But now the school is gone
So the best thing I can do
With the gift is pass it on

(chorus)
Everyday hero and guiding light
Everyday you taught me wrong from right
I thank the Lord above
For your labor of love

Everyday hero and guiding light
Everyday you taught me wrong from right
I thank the Lord above
For your labor of love

Your love...
Everyday Hero

Words and music by Junko Nishiguchi Cheng and Cathy Spurr, Copyright 1995 Everyday Hero Music (ASCAP, adm. by Lori Kelly Rights & Licenses LKRL1@aol.com) CCLI #4189589, printed with permission, all rights reserved

For iTunes download of this song on Junko's "Live in Harmony" CD, click here.

 

www.junko.com

 

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