Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Marlo Thomas and Friends

I came home last night to a very special gift: artisanal chocolate and ..... a copy on vinyl of Free to Be You and Me, which contains such favourites as "Parents Are People", "It's All Right To Cry", and of course "Free To Be... You And Me" .

This single album makes me want to have children so that I can make them listen to this instead of whatever it is kids listen to these days.

Here are a few stanzas of "Housework", performed by the inimitable Carol Channing:

You know, there are times when we happen to be
Just sitting there, quietly watching TV,
When the program we're watching will stop for a while
And suddenly someone appears with a smile,
And starts to show us how terribly urgent
It is to buy some brand of detergent,
Or soap or cleanser or cleaner or powder or paste or wax or bleach,
To help with the housework.
But I'll tell you one thing I know is true.
The lady we see when we're watching TV,
The lady who smiles as she scours or scrubs or rubs or washes or wipes or mops or dusts or cleans,
Or whatever she does on our TV screens,
That lady is smiling because she's an actress,
And she's earning money for learning those speeches
That mention those wonderful soaps and detergents and cleansers and cleaners and powders and pastes and waxes and bleaches.
So, the very next time you happen to be
Just sitting there quietly watching TV,
And you see some nice lady who smiles
As she scours or scrubs or rubs or washes or wipes or mops or dusts or cleans,
Remember, nobody smiles doing housework but those ladies you see on TV.


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