Joy to the World

One of the best known and most widely reported “teachercide” songs goes back to at least the 1960s, but I imagine it goes well further back than that:

Joy to the world, the teacher’s dead
we barbecued her head!
What happened to the body?
We flushed it down the potty!
And round and round it went,
and round and round it went
and rouuund and round and round it went

A somewhat lesser-known (ie, hasn’t been on The Simpsons) variation goes:

Joy to the world, the school burned down
and all the teachers died!
We’re looking for the principal
he’s hanging from the flagpole
a noose around his neck, a noose a around his neck…

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19 Comments

  1. Avery

    Joy to the world, Barney's dead
    we chopped off his head!
    Don't worry about his body,
    We flushed it down the potty!
    etc.

    Massachusetts, 1990s (at an elementary school, natch)

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  2. Dr. Confused

    Vancouver Canada 1990s:

    Joy to the world, the school burnt down
    And all the teachers died
    They're looking for the principal
    He's hanging from the flagpole
    With a rope around his neck (x3)

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  3. Anonymous

    Joy to the world, the school burnt down,
    And all the teachers too.
    What happened to the bodies?
    We flushed them down the potties,
    And around and around they go,
    And around and around they go,
    And arround and arround and around they go.
    (Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia, 1990's-2000's)

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  4. Anonymous

    This is how I remember the schoolyard version of "Joy to the World". ("all the teachers are dead" instead of "all the teachers died").

    I remember this one clearly circa 1985 or so in Timmins, Ontario, Canada:

    Joy to the world, the school burned down
    And all the teachers are dead!
    We're looking for the principal
    He's hanging from the flagpole
    With a rope around his neck,
    With a rope around his neck,
    With a ro-o-o-ope, around his neck!

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  5. Anonymous

    Heard this version in the 1990's…

    Joy to the world, the school burned down and all the teachers died.

    We crucified the principal, we crucified the principal.

    The Janitor is dead, we shot him in the head.

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  6. Justin

    Verse 1:

    Joy to the world, the school burned down
    And all the teachers died!
    The janitor is gone, we flushed him down the john.

    Verse 2:

    Joy to the world, the school burned down
    And all the teachers died!
    The principal is dead, we shot him in the head.

    (Late 1980's & early 1990's Brampton, Ontario, Canada)

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  7. Anonymous

    I remember a slightly different version
    "joy to the world, the teachers dead
    we bar- be-qued her head
    what happened to her body?
    we flushed it down the potty
    (here is were it is different)
    what happened to her toes?
    we stuffed them up her nose
    joy to the world the teachers dead!!!

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  8. Anonymous

    Joy to the world, the school burned down.
    And all the teachers are dead.
    The principal is dead
    We shot him in the head
    The janitor is gone
    We flushed him down the jon

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  9. Anonymous

    Joy to the world
    The lunch ladies are dead!
    No More gro-oss food!
    What happened to there bodys?
    We stuffed it in the macoroni!
    What happened to there eyes?
    We turned them into ice!
    Joy to the world! No more cra-appy food!

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  10. Anonymous

    Joy to the world, the teachers dead
    We chopped off her head in bed
    What happened to her body
    We shoved it down the potty
    Round and round it goes
    Until her body explodes
    Etc

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  11. Anonymous

    Joy to the world that barneys dead
    my barbie chewed his head.
    what happened to the body we flushed it down the potty and round and round it goes and round and round goes and round and round and round it goes.

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  12. Jacob Greschuk

    Joy to the world the school burned down and all the teachers are dead! what happened to there bodies? we flushed em' down the potties. etc

    one of these kids is not like the other one of these kids is dead!

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  13. K

    Joy to the World, the school blew up! And all the teachers died. Oh where is the principal on top of the flagpole, with a rope around his neck, with a rope around her neck, with a ro-oh-oh-ope around his neck. Ack!

    or the bus….

    Joy to the world the bus the blew up! And all the kids died. (Except me!) Oh where is the driver hanging from the antenna with a rope around her neck, with a rope around her neck. With a ro-oh-oh-ope around her neck. Ack!

    not exactly PC nowadays, but this is what we sang on the bus in the 80's.

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  14. Bambonietta

    Here the one i know from toronto in the 80's

    Joy to the world, the school
    Burned down
    And ALL the teachers died!
    The Principal is dead
    We shot him in the head
    The Janitor is gone!
    We flushed him down the john!
    We flu-u-u-u-u-u-ushed him down. The. John!

    In my opinion, this one's the best! Most brutal
    For sure!
    Happy holidays! Xoxox

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  15. ivana Alar

    Joy to the world now barbies dead
    g i joe shot off her head!
    what happend to her body!
    he flushed it down the potty
    round and round it wenttt
    round and round it wennnttttt

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  16. Mara

    In Australia around 1999-2001, I heard this version:

    Joy to the world, the school burned down
    And all the teachers too

    The principal is dead
    We shot him in the head

    I don’t remember how it went after that. I think it might simply have gone back to original ending of the verse:

    And heaven and nature sing
    And heaven and nature sing
    And heaven and heaven and nature sing

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  17. Angelica

    Joy to the world, Barney is dead

    We barbequed his head

    What happened to his body?

    We flushed it down the potty

    And around, around it goes

    And around, around it goes

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  18. Tim

    Similar to the above – Delaware in the early 70’s

    Joy to the world, the school burnt down
    The teachers everywhere
    They’re looking for the principal
    He’s hanging from the flagpole
    With a rope around his neck (x3)

    Can you imagine if kids these days sang any of these lyrics?

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  19. Boo

    Cause barney’s flipped
    We used Dad’s spatula
    He thinks his name is Pyramid, we flushed him down the potty
    And up and down he flips (x2)
    Up and down he flips, potato chips!

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