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Humming With Activity

We are really sneaking toward the day, and it’s hard for me to pay much attention to such side issues as the items I have up for sale on eBay. We were given a number of beautiful ninety year-old travel brochures in excellent condition, of such noted tourist spots as Waycross, Georgia, The Singing Tower, and the Ashokan Dam. People have been buying these up, and one of the popular ones is a guide to Santa Catalina.

A side effect of that, however, is that I wind up humming the golden oldie of the same name. Which is why, when I tried to think of a good anthem for our customers to hum between now and Preview Night, a week from tomorrow, the choice was inevitable. The original is available on YouTube, if the Four Preps are not performing it in your neighborhood this summer and you need to recall the melody.

Wednesday the twenty-fourth at four:

Books at the Newberry are a-waitin’ in store,

Books at the Newberry will all be there for sale,

For sale, for sale, for sale.

Paperbacks and hardbacks everywhere,

Waitin’ in the air-conditioned air,

And for me these books are waitin’ there for sale.

It seems so distant, Wednesday the twenty-fourth:

It’s hard to sit here serene;

I’d sneak in anywhere, even the bookshop

To get closer to my land of dreams!

Wednesday the twenty-fourth’s so far,

I’d climb in the window with rope and a debit card:

I could skip the rope

But I’d need that good card for the sale,

The sale, the sale, the sale.

Wednesday the twenty-fourth at four:

Books at the Newberry are a-waitin’ in store,

Books at the Newberry will all be there for sale!

A library haven comin’ on Wednesday

Filled with books old and good:

Then I’ll have to walk through hot humidity

To buy the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

Two hundred hours ‘til they open the door!

I’ll be in line from three to four

Then I’ll rush in and try to score the sale:

The sale, the sale, the sale!

Wednesday the twenty-fourth at four:

Books at the Newberry are a-waitin’ in store,

Books at the Newberry will all be there for sale,

For sale, for sale, for sale

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