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Salvation Army Song

December 7, 2014



“Well, we were standing there in the damn dark rain of it all.
Shaking the dinky bell for all it was worth…dinkly, dinkly, dinkly, dink.
(I hear it in my sleep.)
We were standing there, hopping up and down to keep warm – looking needy-like.
Doing our threadbare best to attract pity and warmth and charity.
And this guy, see – this big guy in a camel’s hair coat, cashmere scarf,
Gucci buckle pumps, pigskin gloves, a serious hat – and six-bit cigar –
This elegant guys stops,
And he fishes way down in his pocket.
And from the fullness of his heart.
He produces a great big dime.
To put in the kettle for Jesus.
The Son of God and Man.

He smiled.

And that’s when I hit him with the tambourine.
And the dinkly bell, too.
And dumped the kettle over his serious hat.
Finally, I bit him on the leg.

Let Jesus love him.
The Salvation Army is only human.”

Oh, how I wish I’d written this… but, of course, I didn’t. It’s from a paper bound book called “Christmas Friarworks” published in 1981 (long before his more famous books like “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”) by author Robert Fulghum. I found it at Good Cheer, our local thrift store; a treasure…for a buck. Enjoy….

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