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Every book has a story.

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All In On the Chorus!

Paul Simon once punched me playfully in the shoulder. This is one of my few direct encounters with celebrity, and will probably go into my memoirs. I wish I could remember what wisecrack I had just made to justify this punch.

That was Paul Simon the Senator, by the way, and has nothing to do with the basis of today’s singalong. Where and how I might be punched by the creator of the original, I’m not sure. But here’s a musical tribute to all those souls who dropped off books over the three-day weekend.

I really don’t know how Book Fair data gets around;

When I try to find out, suspects simply can’t be found;

No matter how I have bleated, whined, and frowned,

There must be fifty ways to drop your books off.

I say it’s really not my habit to dissuade,

Furthermore I hope your books will not get lost or unconveyed,

But I’ll repeat myself, though it may make me sound dismayed,

There must be fifty ways to drop your books off.

Fifty ways to drop your books off:

Just fill up a sack, Jack,

Grab an egg crate, Nate,

It don’t need to have sides, Clyde:

Just drop ‘em and flee.

Baskets will do, Lou,

Whatever suits you’ll do:

Use whatever’s free, Bea:

Just drop ‘em and flee.

(repeat)

They come and tell me they have just filled up the dock:

They’d have stacked their stuff inside, too, if it wasn’t for the lock;

I say I appreciate that, and then I work around the clock

Through all their fifty ways.

Deep down I realize you’re doing as you should—

Putting more books in a library’s your way of doing good,

And what you give me: well, I’d miss those Secrets of that Sisterhood:

There must be fifty ways to drop your books off.

Fifty ways to drop your books off:

Just pack up the van, Jan,

Fill up the truck, Chuck,

Just toss in what you’ve piled, Child:

Just drop ‘em and flee;

Ship ‘em by freight, Kate,

Any box that held fruit, Newt,

Back up that RV, Lee:

Just drop ’em and flee.

(repeat)

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