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Jon Bartlett ADD: Haywire Mac Songs (59* d) Lyr Add: FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW (Harry McClintock) 22 Jun 08

Found it! Harvester elves, here is

By "Mac" Harry McClintock and Sterling Sherwin, 1931

Now over there in Europe they're having lots of fun
Their taxes and their big war debts have got them on the run
We have to lend them money, just to keep them on their feet
While a million good Americans are sleeping in the street
Our international bankers are busy night and day
They're figuring all the ways and means to give our dough away
Our working men are unemployed; they're raising quite a row
Prosperity's around the corner, fifty years from now.

Fifty years from now, fifty years from now
Just tell the grocery man you'll pay him fifty years from now
When the landlord and the gasman come with both hands full of bills
Just point towards the west and say there's gold in them thar hills.
And fifty years from now, fifty years from now
We will find a way to pay our bills somehow
Oh, the situation's funny, we've lent Europe all our money
And they won't be able to pay to back till fifty years from now.

Our domestic situation is certainly hard to beat
We have to go round hungry 'cause we've raised too much to eat
We cannot ride our railroads 'cause we haven't got the fare
And we've piled up stacks of clothing till we've nothing much to wear.
They'll throw you in the hoosegow if you steal a loaf of bread
But the gangsters fill our cities full of powder smoke and lead.
We'd like to find the answer, but it seems we don't know how.
We probably come out all right in fifty years from now.

Chorus II
Fifty years from now, fifty years from now
Oh everything will be so lovely fifty years from now.
In the meantime all you have to do is stand around and grin
And do your starving gracefully or the cops will run you in.
It's really quite the style to take it with a smile
It's supposed to help a hungry man somehow.
Though it's hard on some beginners when they do without their dinners
Just think of their nice trim waistlines in fifty years from now.

And now the Europeans will not starve any more
And so to die off quickly they are spoiling for a war.
Their building warships daily and their getting trim and fit
And their great big standing armies never get a chance to sit.
And while they're getting warlike our country fights for peace
While gangsters, yeggs and robbers are a-spanking our police.
Oh when the European nations start their war
I vow we'll grab our guns and help 'em out in fifty years from now.

Chorus III
Fifty years from now, fifty years from now
We won't remember a thing about it fifty years from now.
We'll be out in the marble orchard where the tombstones are in bloom
Underneath the daisies there is always lots of room,
And fifty years from now, fifty years from now
We'll be down where they can't reach us with a plow.
And among the saints and sinners and the losers and the winners
It won't matter a heck of a lot in fifty years from now.

I've got the sheet music around somewhere.

Jon Bartlett

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