After a while we took in the clothes,
Nobody said very much.
Just some old wild shirts and a couple pairs of pants
Which nobody really wanted to touch.
Mama come in and picked up a book
Aní papa asked her what it was.
Someone else asked, "what do you care? "
Papa said, "well, just because."
Then they started to take back their clothes,
Hang íem on the line.
It was january the thirtieth
And everybody was feeliní fine.
The next day everybody got up
Seeiní if the clothes were dry.
The dogs were barking, a neighbor passed,
Mama, of course, she said, "hi!"
"have you heard the news? " he said, with a grin,
"the vice-presidentís gone mad!"
"where? " "downtown." "when? "
"hmm, say, thatís too bad!"
"well, thereís nothiní we can do about it," said the
"itís just somethiní weíre gonna have to forget."
"yes, I guess so," said ma,
Then she asked me if the clothes was still wet.
I reached up, touched my shirt,
And the neighbor said, "are those clothes yours? "
I said, "some of íem, not all of íem."
He said, "ya always help out around here with the chores?
I said, "sometime, not all the time."
Then my neighbor, he blew his nose
Just as papa yelled outside,
"mama wants you tí come back in the house and bring them
Well, I just do what Iím told,
So, I did it, of course.
I went back in the house and mama met me
And then I shut all the doors.
(Contributed by Ae & Vs - May 2004)