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Miss Switch

by Amy Kucharik

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"The Trouble With Miss Switch" was a 1980 ABC Weekend Special animated TV show based on the eponymous 1971 children's book by Barbara Brooks Wallace. Miss Switch herself is a substitute elementary schoolteacher by day -- and a witch, complete with a magical talking cat -- by night. This show, which I saw in reruns as a young child, stuck with me through the years, and a while ago I wrote this song, playing on the idea of a dual identity, juxtaposing the cartoon Miss Switch with images of "real" witchcraft.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I've been learning how to record myself at home using a Blue Spark USB microphone and GarageBand on my Macbook. I sang and played all instruments on this track.

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She puts away her glasses, takes down ink-black hair
She strokes the cat and rides her broom into the air
There's a hunter's moon outside her classroom
That's the trouble with Miss Switch

She traces out geometry in gypsum chalk
She can serve you belladonna but prefers the fennel stalk
When you make her grade she'll have you captivated
That's the trouble with Miss Switch

Hear the croaking of the frogs
The lecturing of pedagogues
The hamster squeaking on his wheel
The wheel of fortune, burning

In cycles, you will fall under her spell
The words on her list, if you ring her bell
When you make her grade, she'll have you captivated
That's the trouble with Miss Switch


released October 29, 2020
Music, lyrics, instruments (vocals, backing vocals, ukulele, french horn, glockenspiel and percussion), arrangement, and recording by Amy Kucharik.


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