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Pretty Good by Charles Osgood

March 11, 2014
By Charles Osgood broadcasting The Osgood Files
© 1986 WCBS Inc. Reproduced with permission.
Ending edited by Edward Mendlowitz

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 wasn’t terrific at reading, 
He wasn’t a whiz-bang at math, 
But for him, education was leading 
Straight down a pretty good path. 

He didn’t find school too exciting, 
But he wanted to do pretty well, 
And he did have some trouble with writing 
Since nobody taught him to spell. 

When doing arithmetic problems, 
Pretty good was regarded as fine. 
5+5 needn’t always add up to be 10; 
A pretty good answer was 9. 

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 there in a pretty good town, 
And nobody there seemed to notice 
He could not tell a verb from a noun. 

The pretty good student in fact was 
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 could be tough, 
And he soon had a sneaking suspicion 
Pretty good might not be good enough. 

The pretty good student, soon aspiring to be great
Which learned much too late, 
If you want to be great, 
Pretty good is, in fact, pretty bad.
One Comment leave one →
  1. Robert Nagler permalink
    March 11, 2014 12:35 pm

    Hi Ed I like Charles Qsgood I find him interesting

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