Gnashing and Licking of Rails

Parody of “Teach Your Children”, words and music by Graham Nash

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Parody lyrics ©2020-03-21 by Bob Kanefsky. All rights reserved. The copyright of the original lyrics and music remain with the holder(s) of the original copyright.

Inspired by a video of a child licking the railing that keeps the line for an amusement ride tightly folded in on itself:

You, as we’re often told
Might have a cold
That you can live with.
Don’t just
Think of yourself
And wash that hand
That you can give with. 

Chorus: Teach your children well
Their father’s health 
Will slowly go by.
Don’t feed
Them on your germs.
The one they lick’s
The one you’ll know by.

Don’t you ever ask them why.
If they told you, you would sigh
And just hope they will not die,
And keep your distance.

And you of tender years
Can’t know the fears
That your elders live by.
They might just know
Despite your youth
Perhaps the truth
Is people can die.

Chorus: Heed your parents well.
Their child’s health?
Not altruistic.
Don’t feed
Them on your germs.
The one that sticks
Won’t just make kids sick.

Yours is not to reason why,
If you don’t want them to die.
So you’ve got to at least try
To not cause “Miri”.