After Abel Meeropols poem,
was printed in The
Teacher News, he added music and the
resulting song, sung by his wife, Anne, made its
debut in a Teachers Union show. It later became
integrally associated with singer Billie
Holliday, who introduced it to SRO crowds at New
Yorks Café Society. Abel and Anne were both on the
Union's entertainment committee, along with such
other teachers as Lou Kleinman and Jules Adolphe.
Among the songs Abel wrote for them was:
A girl with a license in Latin
Taught French in a school in Manhattan.
She spent all of her free time in chattin
With the teacher in Room 402.
Dont marry a teacher
Unless he can feature
A button from Local 5.
At loving hes able -
Hes better than Gable -
And boy, hes got plenty of jive!
Abel was a contributor to the
The New York Teacher, a Teachers Union
weekly, and his son,
Robert Meeropol contributed a memoir that
appears on our
Other Works by and about Abel Meeropol (aka
House I Live In
Fruit originally written as Bitter Fruit
Documentary on DVD