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Singing Through

I know, I know: it’s been nearly a month since you could drop by the Newberry and discuss your set of encyclopedias, or that weird book your Aunt Booney had hidden behind the Elsie Dinsmore books when you cleaned out her estate. You miss the beauties of that newly renovated first floor, or being able to sit upstairs and wait for someone to bring you a couple of four hundred year-old books.

Still, as more than one commentator has pointed out, we are currently going through a period which has broken up our routines more than any event since World War II. And we got through that by all pulling together. Granted, now we’re expected to pull together six feet apart. It’s still the same sort of thing.

And one of the ways we got through that era was by singing! Yes, this blog is willing once again to bring you a song about doing your part and NOT dropping by the Newberry with donations of macropaedias or microorganisms. It’s based on a classic from between the wars (Tain’t No Sin To Take Off Your Skin and Dance Around in Your Bones) and we hope it will strike a chord of response in all readers. (Remember that gathering for a song-burning is banned if it involves more than ten burners.)

Chorus: When we’re closed up on the weekend and you can’t bring us your tomes,
All we ask is put on a mask and dance around in your homes!
Don’t be tempting any virus to cause toxic sick syndromes,
All we ask is put on a mask and dance around in your homes!

Though it seems so old up in Old Town, just do it anyhow!

So you won’t be thick and be getting sick: that would just be wicked now!
While your dear old Uncle Blogsy spends his time just writing pomes,
All we ask is put on a mask and dance around in your homes!

Verse 1: Bringing books is very kind; usually we just don’t mind
But sometimes these donations have their faults,
Please don’t drop romances off if you think you’ve got a cough,
Hunker down and jitterbug or waltz!

Chorus: The reaction to this crisis wouldn’t stymie Sherlock Holmes:
All we ask is put on a mask and dance around in your homes!
Turn on all your music gadgets, using up those watts and ohms,
All we ask is put on a mask and dance around in your homes!
If the toddling’s closed in Chicago, and you’re feeling so depressed

Find a partner that hasn’t curves too flat and we’ll just guess at the rest.
You can bring us game books someday, with their tricks and palindromes,
All we ask is put on a mask and dance around in your homes!

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