New Orleans Sublet Song

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We were tired,
Didn't feel like asking questions
Of our dear new landladies.

We just drove in
From somewhere in East Texas
And all we needed was the key.

So we shooed them out their own front door
And promised we would call when we were ready
For some tea and company.

But as we explored our new sublet
We found something on display that
Struck us most curiously...

Oh, Canadian flag,
Why are you here?
Inexplicable Canadian flag.

We're 'bout as far from there as you can get
And still be in the U.S.
(speaking purely contiguously...)

Canadian flag.

(I should probably mention that both of these women were born in, raised in, and were lifelong residents of the state of Louisiana.)

The months flew by
And the flag was never mentioned
Though they would visit us weekly.

Each Sunday night
As we bluffed and called and raised them
The maple leaf watched us all inscrutably.

When they yawned and stood to count their losses
It always occurred to at least one of us
To inquire finally.

But we both decided in the end,
We're better off not knowing and
So we still wonder honestly...

Oh, Canadian flag
Why are you here?


from Shrug, released February 22, 2016



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