“Inspiration (The Rowan County Teachers)”


"The Rowan County teachers Convened the other day... I thought I would attend... And watch our modern teachers." He describes the meeting in the courthouse, praises the teachers' abilities, and hopes they will continue to spread learning


I can't say with certainty that this is the most trivial thing I've ever seen memorialized in song -- but, other than Edgar Hamm's other school song, "Welcome (to Lyda Messer Caudill)," I haven't a better candidate off the top of my head.

The claim that the Rowan County school superintendant Lyda Messer Caudill was descended from Mary Queen of Scots is certainly possible (the song being written some three and a half centuries after her death, she would have uncounted descendants) -- but since Mary had only one child, James VI and I, the link to the British royal line must be more recent than Mary Stuart. - RBW


  1. Thomas-Makin', pp. 252-253, "Inspiration" (1 text)
  2. BI, ThBa250


Author: Words: Edgar Hamm
Earliest date: 1939 (Thomas)
Keywords: nonballad
Found in: US(Ap)