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Happy! – Feb 27 (John Steinbeck)

Abby Sale 27 Feb 06 - 10:19 AM
GUEST,Joe_F 27 Feb 06 - 08:37 PM
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Subject: Happy! – Feb 27 (John Steinbeck)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 27 Feb 06 - 10:19 AM

Happy Birthday!

John Steinbeck

was born 2/27/1902

        Tom Joad he met a truck driving man,
        There he caught him a ride,
        He said, "I just got loose from McAlester's pen
        On a charge called homicide.
        A charge called homicide."

                "Tom Joad," Woody Guthrie; © Ludlow Music, Inc. 1960,
                The (nearly) Complete Collection of Woody Guthrie Folk Songs, 1963

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Subject: RE: Happy! – Feb 27 (John Steinbeck)
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 27 Feb 06 - 08:37 PM

"Torelli", based on _Tortilla Flat_, seems not to have appeared here except in a couple of mentions by me. Here it is, from memory:

I love Torelli. He is a friend of mine.

I love Torelli. I love him for his wine.

He has my watch. His wine is in my belly.

If it were not for his wine, I would not love Torelli.

Ai, ai, paisano!

Yip! La vida es asi.

You love Torelli! That's a funny joke.

If Torelli were on fire, he would not give you smoke.

Me, I'm not so handsome, but my eyes they have a shine.

If it were not for his wife, we would not get much wine.

Listen, amigo, and I will ask you this:

Why is a glass of wine like a lover's kiss?

When you drink the wine, it makes you laugh a little bit;

When the wine is gone, you can see thru it.

I know a lady named Arabella Gross.

You know her, and I know her, but I know her the most,

So every time I take a drink, I drink a little toast,

To your friend and my friend, Arabella Gross.

Mrs Morales has chickens in her yard.

If you want to get one, it is not very hard.

Smile for the Se쳌ñora -- you'll get a chicken free;

If Danny feels like smiling nicely, maybe two or three.


--- Joe Fineman

||: A racket is any enterprise whose working morale depends on contempt for the customer. :||

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