They All Laughed

 

They all laughed at Christopher Columbus
When he said the world was round
They all laughed at the thought that we were grade 1 bound.
They all laughed at the targets for our pupils
When we said that they could fly.

“Nothing can be greater
Than attainment data”
And their grades weren’t high.

They laughed at what we believed
Said we were reaching for the moon
But with what we’ve achieved
Now they’ll have to change their tune.

They all said we’d never get Outstanding
They laughed at us and how!
But pro, progress!
Who’s got the last laugh now?

They all laughed at cultural enrichment
Said that didn’t change kids’ brains.
They all laughed at things that don’t show short term gains.

They all laughed at the lack of extra lessons
Cramming’s not the route we take
Our determination’s
Raising aspirations –
It could have been a big mistake.
They warned what Ofsted would do,
Said it would be certain RI.
But our progress shone through
Now they’re eating humble pie

They all said we’d never get Outstanding
I think we should take a bow
For ho, ho, ho!
Who’s got the last laugh?
Hee, hee, hee!
Let’s at the past laugh
Ha, ha, ha!
Who’s got the last laugh now?

…..
“They All Laughed”

They all laughed at Christopher Columbus
When he said the world was round
They all laughed when Edison recorded sound
They all laughed at Wilbur and his brother
When they said that man could fly

They told Marconi
Wireless was a phony
It’s the same old cry
They laughed at me wanting you
Said I was reaching for the moon
But oh, you came through
Now they’ll have to change their tune

They all said we never could be happy
They laughed at us and how!
But ho, ho, ho!
Who’s got the last laugh now?

They all laughed at Rockefeller Center
Now they’re fighting to get in
They all laughed at Whitney and his cotton gin
They all laughed at Fulton and his steamboat
Hershey and his chocolate bar

Ford and his Lizzie
Kept the laughers busy
That’s how people are
They laughed at me wanting you
Said it would be, “Hello, Goodbye.”
And oh, you came through
Now they’re eating humble pie

They all said we’d never get together
Darling, let’s take a bow
For ho, ho, ho!
Who’s got the last laugh?
Hee, hee, hee!
Let’s at the past laugh
Ha, ha, ha!
Who’s got the last laugh now?

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