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Pretty Good

by Charles Osgood

There once was a pretty good student,

Who sat in a pretty good class

And was taught by a pretty good teacher,

Who always let pretty good pass.

He wasnít terrific at reading;

He wasnít terrific at math;

But for him education was leading

Straight down a pretty good path.

He didnít find school too exciting,

But he wanted to do pretty well,

And he did have some trouble with writing,

And nobody had taught him to spell.

When doing arithmetic problems,

Pretty good was regarded as fine;

Five and five neednít always add to be 10,

A pretty good answer was nine.

The pretty good student was happy

With the standards that were in effect,

And nobody thought it was sappy

If his answers were not quite correct.

The pretty good class that he sat in

Was part of a pretty good school,

And the student was not an exception;

On the contrary, he was the rule.

The pretty good school that he went to

Was right there in a pretty good town,

And nobody there ever noticed

He could not tell a verb from a noun.

The pretty good student, in fact, was

A part of a pretty good mob.

And the first time he knew what he lacked was

When he looked for a pretty good job.

It was then, when he sought a position,

He discovered that life can be tough,

And he soon had a sneaky suspicion

Pretty good might not be good enough.

The pretty good town in our story

Was part of a pretty good state

Which had pretty good aspirations

And prayed for a pretty good fate.

There once was a pretty good nation,

Pretty proud of the greatness it had,

But which learned much too late,

If you want to be great,

Pretty good is, in fact, pretty bad.