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Children One and All

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Children One And All

Some of us live in big white houses Some of us live in small Some of our names are written on blackboards Some are written on walls Some of our daddies work in factories Some of them stand in line Some of our daddies buy us marbles Some of them just buy wine But at night you can’t tell  Sunday suits From tattered overalls But then we’re only children Children one and all

Some of us take our lunch in boxes Some in paper sacks Some of us kids join in the laughter Some hear it at their backs Some of our mothers sew fine linen Some can’t sew a stitch Some of our mothers dress up poorly And some of them dress up rich But at night you can’t tell party dresses From hand me downs too small But then we’re only children Children one and all

Some of us learn our lessons poorly Some of us learn them well Some of us find an earthly heaven Some of us live in hell Some of us go right on a’preachin’ Without making too much sense Some of us hide behind a wall And some behind a fence But at night you can’t you tell picket fences From bricks a tower tall But then we’re only children Children one and all

Some of us grow up tall and handsome Some of us grow up plain Some of us own the world in ransom Some of us just our name Some of our people die in misery Some of them die in peace Some of our people die for nothing But dying doesn’t cease And at night you can’t tell fancy coffins From boxes in the hall But then we’re only children Children one and all

Rod McKuen

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