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28 enero 2012 6 28 /01 /enero /2012 23:26

 

Rice can be had down the river.
People in the remoter provinces need their rice.
If we can keep that rice off the market
Rice is bound to get dearer.
Then the men who pull the barges must go short of rice
And I shall get my rice for even less.

By the way, what is rice?

Don’t ask me what rice is.
Don’t ask me my advice.
I’ve no idea what rice is:
All I have learned is its price.

In winter time the coolies need warm clothing.
Then you must buy cotton so that
You can keep cotton off the market.
When a cold spell comes, then clothes get more expensive.
Our cotton spinning mills pay too high wages.
And cotton’s too plentiful in any case.

By the way, what is cotton?

Don’t ask me what cotton is.
Don’t ask me my advice.
I’ve no idea what cotton is:
All I have learned is its price.

Working men need too much feeding
And this makes a man’s work dearer.
To provide for his feeding you need women.
Our cooks can make a meal cheaper but look at
Those eaters making it dearer.
And we could use more men here in any case.

By the way, what is a man?

Don’t ask me what a man is.
Don’t ask me my advice.
I’ve no idea what a man is:
All I have learned is his price.

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