The Basement Tapes - may/october 1967
After a while we took in the clothes
Nobody said very much
Just some old wild shirts an' a couple pairs of pants
Which nobody really wanted to touch
Mama came in an' picked up a book
An' 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 'em on the line
It was January the thirtieth
An' everybody was feelin' fine.
The nest day everybody got up
To see if the clothes were dry
The dogs were barkin', a neighbor passed
Mama of course she said, "Hi''
"Have you heard the news'', he said with a grin
"The vice-president's gone mad''
"Where?'', "Dowtown'', "When?'', "Last night''
"Hmm'', say, "That's too bad''
"Well, there's nothin' we can do about it'', said the neighbor
"Just some we gonna have to forget''
"Yes, i guess so'', said Ma
Then she asked me if the clothes were still wet.
I reached up, touched my shirt
An' the neighbor said, "Are those clothes yours?''
I said, "Some of 'em, not all of 'em''
He said, "You 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 t' come back in the house an' bring them clothes.''
Well i just do what i'm told
So i did it of course
I went back in the house an' Mam met me in there
An' shut all the doors.