Housewife's Alphabet (Seeger Peggy)

A is for altar where we go astray Be for the bills that begin the next day See for the cuffs and the collars of shirts D is for dishes and dusting and dirt E is my energy draining away And F is for floors to be swept every day G for girlhood that's gawky and gone And a H fed up housewife that's singing this song Wearily, it's merely a good woman's day Cooking and cleaning and tidying away If ever you finish, remember that when You wake up tomorrow, it all starts again I is for ironing for kids in their teens J is for jerseys and jumpers and jeans K for the kitchen for years upon end I've lived with left overs and laundry for friends M is my mending, there's mile upon mile N for the nappies in a big stinking pile O for the odd jobs, the odd one or two Like pushing the pram or unplugging the loo Wearily, it's merely a good woman's day Cooking and cleaning and tidying away If ever you finish, remember that when You wake up tomorrow, it all starts again Q is for quarreling of chicks in my nest Are is for referee and a one minute rest S for the shopping in snow, sleet or rain And T for that toilet, it's stopped up again U is for underwear, grimy and soiled V for those things that you peel, chop and boil W for woman and washing machine We both need attention, you know what I mean Wearily, it's merely a good woman's day Cooking and cleaning and tidying away If ever you finish, remember that when You wake up tomorrow, it all starts again We've got no union, it's eight days a week They're crammed into seven, I'm out on my feet So much to do, where should I begin? But I got all my lifetime to finish it in W for wings, if I had them I'd fly X marks the spot where I sit down and cry Why Z for yours truly, I've gone on too long And so has the system and so has this song Wearily, it's merely a good woman's day Cooking and cleaning and tidying away If ever you finish, remember that when You wake up tomorrow, it all starts again If this song was household you'd sing it and then You'd go back where you started and sing it again Again and again and again and again