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Henry the Accountant (Paul Kaplan) John Henry was an accountant He worked with a pencil in his hand If you had something that you needed added up Henry, the accountant, was your man, Lord, Lord Henry, the accountant, was your man, When Henry was a little baby Sitting on his daddy's knee He picked up a crayon and a little piece of paper And said two plus one equals three, Lord, Lord Said, Two plus one equals three The man who bought the first calculator He thought he was mighty fine He walked up to Henry with a sneer on his lip, and said Your job is gonna be mine, Lord, Lord Your job is gonna be mine Henry stood up and drew his weapon He said, "A man isn't anything but a man We'll have ourselves a race and I'll put you in your place, or I'll die with my pencil in my hand, Lord, Lord I'll die with my pencil in my hand So each man grabbed a fifty pound ledger And Henry went to work with all his might Though his hand was getting cramped and his shirt was getting damp, still He swore he would not give up the fight Lord, Lord He swore he would not give up the fight After three long hours of battle The man with the machine had moved ahead He had Henry beat 'till on the final sheet Suddenly his batteries went dead Lord, Lord Suddenly his batteries went dead So Henry beat the calculator Now his powers could never be denied But the terrible strain had been too much for his brain, so So he laid down his glasses and he died Lord, Lord He laid down his glasses and he died So they buried Henry in the graveyard With his trusty pencil and his pad And when the checks don't clear, they always shed a tear For the last human being that could add, Lord, Lord The last human being that could add Copyright Paul Kaplan DT #317 SOF
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