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Penny Evans (Steve Goodman) tune of Flying Cloud Oh my name is Penny Evans and my age is 21 A young widow in the war that's being fought in Viet Nam And I have two infant daughters and Thank God I have no son Now they say the war is over, but I think it's just begun I remember I was seventeen on the day I met young Bill At his father's grand piano, we'd play old Heart and Soul Well, I only knew the left hand part and he the right so well He's the only boy I ever slept with and the only one I will It's first we had a baby girl and we had two good years It was next the A1 notice came and we parted without tears So it's nine months from our last good night our second babe appears So it's ten months and a telegram confirming all our fears And now every month I get a check from an Army bureaucrat And it's every month I tear it up and mail the damn thing back Do you think that makes it all right, do you think I'd fall for that And you can keep your bloody money, it won't bring my Billy back I never cared for politics and speeches I don't understand And likewise never took no charity from any living man But tonight there's fifty thousand gone in that unhappy land And fifty thousand "Heart and Soul's" being played with just one hand Oh my name is Penny Evans and my age is 21 A young widow in the war that's being fought in Viet Nam And I have two infant daughters [and I do the best I can]* Now they say the war is over, but I think it's just begun or [thank God I have no sons!] also "baby" instead of infant in first and last verses. SLG Copyright Steve Goodman SOF
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