Rock and roll rhetoric: School’s Out

“Well we got no class
And we got no principles
And we got no innocence
We can’t even think of a word that rhymes”

School’s Out, Alice Cooper (Bruce, Buxton, Cooper, Dunaway, Smith)

This bears a moment’s thought, and then another moment beyond that.

On first hearing it’s simply a great song with a raucous energy that absolutely captures the feeling of the title.

And then there’s those puns, that nearly pass you by (especially if you’re British and more familiar with Head Masters): we got no class, we got no principles / principals.

But I just love the delicious irony of the last line: “We can’t even think of a word that rhymes.”


Here in all its Top Of The Pops glory…

From the 1972 album of the same name…

School's Out


About Andrew Munro

An independent business consultant, interim manager and writer, Andrew operates through his company, Burning Pine Ltd (
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