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Is This Any Way to Run an Airline?

Capo 1st fret C A7 Oh, the airline ticket reservation counter lady D7 G7 C G7 Is a very special friend of mine. C A7 When I asked her in the morning if my flight was ready, D7 G7 She assured me it was right on time. E7 Am Oh, the taxi to the airport cost me seven or eight, D7 G7 And the porter got another buck or two, C A7 When some joker on the microphone said, "Sorry, D7 G7 But we've got a little bad news for you - C G "It's getting cloudy up in Boston, Montreal is socked in tight, G7 C Washington is closed for Christmas, Philadelphia's out on strike, C C7 F B7 Minnesota's up to here in snow and Tulsa's closed tonight, you know, C A7 D7 G7 C Please be patient five more minutes - hope you have a pleasant flight!" C G7 C G7

Oh, the airlines passenger relations representative
Was very sympathetic to me,
"Just as soon as we completely overhaul your astroliner,
You'll be airborne just as quick as can be.
Then of course we'll need a stewerdess, but never you mind,
We'll have one trained in plenty of time.
Won't you settle in our astrolounge in comfort,
We'll be leaving at a quarter of nine."

But the astrolounge was crowded and the coffee shop was crammed,
The coke machine was broken and they closed the hot dog stand.
I couldn't find a magazine, they broke the cigarette machine,
The shoeshine boy was sleeping, and my radio was jammed.

Oh, I carefully examined every corner of the building
For the next fourteen hours or so,
And the bulletins kept coming from the reservation counter,
"Yessiree, we're getting ready to go!
For we're flying in another plane from London, you see,
Any minute now that plane should appear.
You'll be leaving in a minute, providing
This little bit of nasty weather should clear.

"For it's getting cloudy up in Boston and it's snowing up in Maine,
Los Angeles is hopeless and Chicago's getting rain.
You've had a couple dirty days, but your ticket's good for thirty days,
And when the runway is completed, would you like to board your plane?"

(Words and music by Tom Paxton, 1966)

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