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First Line: If I lived in the country every day
Last Line: To find some place to hide, and stay behind.
Subject(s): Children; Country Life; Vacation; Childhood


If I lived in the country every day
Instead of only when vacations come,
Would I get sunburned so that it would stay,
And say words like "I recken" and "to hum"?

Could I wear one suspender if I chose,
And learn an awful lot of useful things,
Like how to pick up pebbles with my toes,
Or tell a bird from just the way it sings?

And would I know the places where to dive,
And all the quickest cuts across the lots?
And could I keep some snakes and frogs alive,
And would my feet get hard, with callus spots?

Back home there in the city, there's no way
To learn such useful things; so I've a mind,
Before the folks all start to go away,
To find some place to hide, and stay behind.





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