If you're a student (or teacher) of any kind, there's a good chance you have a pretty intense case of the back-to-school blues right about now. Whether you're already in session or waiting for that dreaded first day to arrive, having the right tunes to soothe those blues is essential this time of year. Check out a few of our favorite back-to-school-inspired songs.
"Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" by Mississippi Fred McDowell
So, this one is a touch creepy if you listen to the lyrics too closely, but if you don't, it's a great blues tune that should, at the very least, give you some good math class daydream fodder with images of flying an airplane all over town.
"I'll Fly Away" by Ralph Stanley
That walk into the building on your first day of classes may feel like a death march, so here's an optimistic take on life on the other side.
"What Would You Give (In Exchange for Your Soul)" by Bill Monroe and Doc Watson
… Because we all have that one class we'd sell our souls to ace (or just pass).
"Coat of Many Colors" by Dolly Parton
Your first day of school outfit is the most important one you'll wear all year, so don't forget your coat of many colors. Just be sure to thank Dolly when everyone wants to sit with you at lunch.
"School Is Out" by Ry Cooder
Yeah, yeah, yeah … school is technically in, but hey, that three o'clock bell has to ring sometime, right? Might as well celebrate, if only for the afternoon.
"School Days" by Chuck Berry
American history, practical math, the Golden Rule … at least you have the juke joint to look forward to once you've survived a long day of burdens and books.
"Keep on the Sunny Side" by Flatt and Scruggs
Here's a good one for those of you especially afflicted by those back-to-school blues. Try to let the sunny side brighten your day, math test be damned.