Teacher Strike Blues ~ Angry Tired Teachers




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Published on May 6, 2009

"Teacher Strike Blues" written and sung by Andrew Kong Knight, of the Angry Tired Teachers. (Angry Tired Teachers are a rock band made up of teachers from the San Francisco Bay Area.)

Knight wrote the song during the midst of the recent Hayward Unified School District teachers strike. This original song is featured on the Angry Tired Teachers CD album "Stickin' it to the Man.

This video shows clips from the recent Hayward Unified School District teachers strike, featuring the Angry Tired Teachers on their "Stickin' it to the Man Strike Tour" of Hayward Schools. The band "toured" various schools and rallies across the city of Hayward on the back of a flat bed truck. This up-tempo protest rocker "Teacher Strike Blues" became a crowd favorite with it's infectious chorus. The teacher strikers and protesters joined in on vocal shouts of, "Strike, Strike!" and "Fight, Fight!" during the performances of this song.

The Hayward Schools strike also featured a speech by Dolores Huerta, co-founder and First Vice President Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO (UFW).

Video edited and produced by
Last Minute Films/Nathaniel Hyman © 2008
& Andrew Kong Knight © 2009

Musicians featured in video:

Andrew Kong Knight ~ Vocals & Guitar
Bryan Holbrook ~ Sax & Vocals
Kevin McNair ~ Drums
Karen Horner ~ Bass
Joe Joseph ~ Vocals & Bass
Tony Hampton ~ Guitar
Rick Wolter ~ Bass
Issac Soto ~ Guitar & Vocals
Rob Norris ~ Bass
Bill Foreman ~ Drums

Song Recording Credits:

Lead Vocal, guitar, backing Vocals and percussion:
Andrew Kong Knight

Guitar: Jim King

Bass: Karen Horner

Drums: Kevin McNair

Produced, Mastered and Edited by
Bill Williams/Bill Williams Productions, Hayward, CA

Recorded at Jim King's home studio Livermore, CA

Teacher Strike Blues Lyrics:

Verse 1:
Teaching school you'll never become rich
District don't have the money, that's their pitch
So, how come they give themselves high raises
When they can't provide us with fair wages?

(It's got me) Singin' the teacher blues
Singin' the teacher Blues, Oh!

Verse 2:
I'm forced to walk out, close up my classroom door
Children, parents caught between our war
My students will have the most to lose
As I cry these blues

(Got me) Singin' the teacher blues
Singin' the teacher Blues, Oh!

I could go to another district in some white collar town
But I'm going to stay and fight these District clowns
'Cause I love my students and they need me here
To stand for what's right, what's fair

(It's got me) Singin' the teacher blues (Strike, Strike)
Singin' the teacher Blues (Fight, Fight)

Singin' the teacher blues, Oh!


Original music and words by Andrew Kong Knight © 2008


Angry Tired Teachers Official Web Site:


Link to CD's:



Teacher Strike Blues song dedicated to students, teachers, parents & workers worldwide.

Thank you Supporters. In solidarity. Love and peace to you.



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