The Most Wonderful Time of the Academic Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Academic Year December 22, 2019

How does a professor blow off steam and relax just a bit before getting to work when everyone assumes we are “off work,” “on vacation,” and other things that don’t correspond to the reality? By making a parody video. The lyrics are included below. Now to get back to writing books that I am working on…

 

The Most Wonderful Time of the Academic Year

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

When the grading is done

No new classes begun

And my calendar’s clear

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

 

It’s the productivest season of all

When I finally get back

To that book manuscript

I’ve not touched since the fall

It’s the productivest season of all

 

There’ll be time now for writing

The project’s exciting

But progress has really been slow

But holiday down times

Means meeting of deadlines

My editor set long ago

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Soon my inbox will empty

And that thing that you sent me

Will now reappear

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

 

There’ll be time now for writing

The project’s exciting

But progress has really been slow

But holiday down times

Means meeting of deadlines

My editor set long ago

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Get that manuscript done

Then have some little fun

While your love ones are near

It’s the most wonderful time

Yes the productivest time

Oh the most wonderful time

Of the year

 

The original song is by Andy Williams and is a Christmas classic. This silly parody of the song has been reworked by James McGrath and as a parody to reflect a familiar aspect of academic life. I know I should have done more takes and made a better recording of the song. But I really do have to get back to work on the books and book chapters I’ve agreed to write…

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