BACK-TOSCHOOL

SONGS

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SEPTEM­BER IS HERE, mean­ing that it’s time for stu­dents to head back to class. Th­ese are five of the best songs about go­ing back to school — or, in some cases, not go­ing back to school.

THE WHITE STRIPES

“We’re Go­ing to Be Friends” The open­ing lyrics of this child­like acous­tic ditty per­fectly en­cap­su­late the ner­vous ex­cite­ment of re­turn­ing to school af­ter the sum­mer hol­i­day: “Fall is here / Hear the yell / Back to school / Ring the bell / Brand new shoes / Walk­ing blues / Climb the fence / Books and pens.”

ROD STE­WART

“Mag­gie May” This clas­sic folk-rock an­them de­scribes a re­la­tion­ship with an older woman. The teenage pro­tag­o­nist’s canoodling ev­i­dently in­ter­feres with his stud­ies, as Ste­wart sings, “It’s late Septem­ber and re­ally I should be back at school.”

PRAIRIE CAT

“Just Cuz” This pi­ano-pop lament from Van­cou­ver song­smith Cary Pratt de­scribes the end of a sum­mer fling. De­tails are scarce, but it seems that he and his lover are at­tend­ing dif­fer­ent univer­si­ties, as he sings “I’m over here now / You’re over there now.”

KANYE WEST

“School Spirit” For Kanye West to find fame, he first had to drop out of col­lege. Ref­er­ences to this jour­ney abound on The Col­lege Dropout, and on the sneer­ing “School Spirit” he raps, “Back to school and I hate it there, I hate it there.”

AN­I­MAL COL­LEC­TIVE

“Col­lege” This 53-sec­ond ab­stract sketch con­sists en­tirely of seven words that you’ll never hear from a guid­ance coun­sel­lor: “You don’t have to go to col­lege.” Take that, higher ed­u­ca­tion! ALEX HUD­SON

THE WHITE STRIPES

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