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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

TUNESMITH TUESDAY - "'Automation" by Allan Sherman


It was automation, I know
That was what was making the factory go
It was IBM
It was Univac
It was all those gears going
Clickity clack, dear

I thought automation was keen
Till you were replaced by a ten-ton machine
It was a computer that tore us apart, dear
Automation broke my heart.

There's an RCA 5-0-3
Standing next to me, dear, 
Where you used to be
Doesn't have your smile
Doesn't have your shape,
Just a bunch of punch cards 
And light bulbs and tape, dear

You're a girl who's soft, warm and sweet
But you're only human and that's obsolete
Though I'm very fond of that new 5-0-3, dear 
Automation's not... for... me.

It was automation, I'm told 
That s why I got fired and I'm out in the cold
How could I have known 
When the 5-0-3
Started in to blink it was winking at me, dear

I thought it was just some mishap
When it sidled over and sat on my lap
But when it said "l love you " 
And gave me a hug, dear
That's when I pulled out... 
It's plug!

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