We have a school in town
The only elementary school
It serves different neighborhoods
The kids know their own area best
They know the others though.
Some years back Carlos was the toughest kid
He got older, finished up, and left the school
Other kids came up through the grades
Perrier, Fritz, and Tommy were rivals
But always know they were North side boys.
Sam grew a lot bigger than the other kids
He was from a western North side area
His only competition was named Ivan
A really big kid from eastern North side
They knew that neither could whip the other.
Sam’s sidekick was a new kid called Izzy
A little bully who picked on smaller kids
He was younger than the big boys
Izzy knew that Sam would always back him
No matter how mean he was to his classmates.
Sam is going to junior high before very long
The new tough kids are Southside boys
Carlos’ little brother Pedro, the family moved
Chang, Ali, and DeMarcus all attend now
Southside kids are going to run the school.
That’s how it was when I attended there
The grownups tell me about their time in
School and the different neighborhoods
Dominating then. I don’t doubt that’s true
I just tell how it was when I was going there.