When Erica Levine was seven and ahalf
Up to her door came Jason Metcalf
And he said “Will ya marry me, Erica Levine?”
And Erica Levine said “What do you mean?”
“Well my mother and my father say a fellow
ought to marry,
And my father says his brother, who is my
Never married, and he said Uncle Larry is a dope,
So will ya marry me?”, said Erica, “Nope!”
“Cause my piano teacher’s smart and she never had
And your father may be right about your
But not being married’s not what made him a dope,
So don’t ask me again, cause the answer’s still nope!”
When Erica Levine was seventeen
She went to the prom with Joel Bernstein
And they danced til twelve and they talked til one
And Erica thought “Gee, this is fun!”
And on the way home Joel kissed her at the door
And he said “Do you know what that kiss is for?”
She said “No I don’t, but you kiss just fine!”
He said “What it means is that you are mine!”
And she said “No I’m not!” and she ran inside,
And on the way home Joel Bernstein cried
She cried too, and wrote a letter to Ms.
Saying “One thing I know is I’m mine, not his!”
When Erica Levine was twenty-three
Her lover said “Erica, marry me!
This relationship is answering a basic need,
And I’d like to have it legally guarenteed!
For without your perfect love, I would surely die!
So why don’t we make it legal?” said Erica, “Why?”
Basic needs at your age should be met by you,
I’m your lover, not your mother, let’s be careful
what we do!
For if I ever marry, I will marry to grow
Not for position, nor protection, nor possession, no.
I love you, but your needs are a very different issue”
Then he cried and Erica handed him a tissue!
When Erica was forty she was talking to Lew
Discussing and deciding what they wanted to do
When we marry shall we move into your place
Yours is rent controlled, but mine is on the bus line
So they argued and they talked and they finally
And they joined a tenants’ union down near
The wedding was a simple one, they wanted it
They’d thought alot about the things they wanted
“I will live with you and love you, but I’ll never
call you mine”
Then the judge pronounced them married, and
everyone drank wine
A happy-ever-after life was not the sort they got,
But they tended to be happy more often than not!
Written by Bob Blue, Copyright 1981, Bob Blue
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