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  1. Jackson

From the recording Others and Oldies

Dedicated to all those teachers and mentors that go the extra mile and make a big difference in someone's life.

Lyrics

Jackson was born in Southern Mississippi
Finished eighth grade by the skin of his teeth
He always seemed angry inside
Something about him just wasn’t right
 
He got work whenever he could
Somehow he couldn’t quite do what he should
Folks said he was going nowhere fast
Such a shame to be born like that
 
Cause Jackson was as good
As any man can be
But Jackson couldn’t read
 
If you said right, he went left
He never made sense of the alphabet
The world was inside out and upside down
Til he met a man who turned his life around
 
A lot of hard work and a whole lot of help
He came to believe in himself
Turned out he was smart all along
He proved the folks at home all wrong
 
Cause Jackson was as good
As any man can be
But Jackson couldn’t read
 
And he vowed to give thanks by giving something back
To children in need slipping through the cracks
 
Cause Jackson was as good
As any man can be
But Jackson couldn’t read
 
Now Jackson is a teacher in Southern Mississippi
©Tami Mulcahy

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