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show-and-tell #1 (permalink) Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:21 am   show-and-tell
 

Hello,

Could you please tell me if my interpretation of the song lyrics is right?
Here are some lines from a song about teachers:

In a third grade room in a tiny town,
There's a blue-eyes girl who's feeling down.
She tried to bring her daddy into show-and-tell.
He was gonna Skype 'em, wish them well.
She showed them all the camera on her mom's netbook
But they wouldn't let her do it on a school network.
The man in camo never called,
He was blocked by a firewall.

The combination 'show-and-tell' - is it a kind of teacher-parent meeting or just an extracurriculum activity to which the father of the girl was invited?

And what does the line - the man in camo never called - mean?

Thank you in advance.
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show-and-tell #2 (permalink) Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:13 pm   show-and-tell
 

'Show-and-tell' is a common elementary school speaking activity in which the student brings some item of realia (a favorite toy, a pet gerbil, etc.) to class and talks about it to the rest of the class members.

'The man in camo' = the man in camouflage, which to me suggests that her father is a soldier. 'He never called' = he did not connect by Skype. 'Firewall' could have a double meaning: the protective software on her computer and an enemy attack. Perhaps her father was killed before he could contact her in the class?
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