Born To Teach Woodwork is a 1985 parody of Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA", and was transmitted at the height of Springsteen's massive fame in the UK - he came to England on tour mere months after this episode aired. The puppet is both worked and voiced by Anthony Asbury, and the lyrics were most likely written by Grant and Naylor.

Lyrics Edit


The Boss and Clarence Clemons

My mother always told me, "Son take the easy life"

Get a good job in the city, get a mortgage, get a wife

But the rebel in me wouldn't let me settle for second best

And that's why from that day on... I've never worn a vest

I wasn't born to read Plato or Neacher

I was born to be a... Woodwork Teacher

I was born to teach woodwork, born to smell of linseed

Born to teach woodwork... all of my life

I was born with a 4B pencil wedged behind my ear

Making stools and tent-pegs, with the first and second year

The teachers in the staff room, well they all look down on me

But at least I'm six times smarter than the guy... who takes P.E.

Workin' nine to five ain't no good for me

I was born to work from nine to half past three

I was born to to teach woodwork, born to drive a Renault

Born to have nicknames... all of my life

I wasn't born to make pastry or quiche

Cookery? Ha!

Well I'm a woodwork teacher... hargh!

(saxophone solo)

I was born to teach woodwork, born to wear a cordoroy

Born to be laughed at... 'til I die...


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