Drive-Up Window, September 29, 2012

The Fitzgerald Theater

Saint Paul, MN


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Drive-Up Window

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You can text me, you can call me,
You can email, you can chat,
Early morning, late at night,
right here is where I'm at.
I'm available anytime, prepared to do my part
Here at the drive-up window of my heart.

All across this great and mighty nation
More and more time is spent in communication
People who once manufactured cars and thermostats
Are now uploading pictures of their cats.
Hours spent online posting posts
Trillions of words per hour coast to coast
A flood of words flowing on wi-fi
From computers manufactured in Shanghai.

Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Google Plus
All these little shrines devoted to us
Five hundred pictures of me and the missus
And links to websites that reflect my prejudices
And updates on what I've done today
The linguini that I ate for lunch
That was pretty much okay
And how the restaurant was not that crowded
And will we read this years from now, I doubt it

I remember how it used to be
Long-distance phone was for an emergency
Otherwise you sat and wrote with pen or pencil
A few hundred words that felt essential

Or you had a few friends in to dine
You only had a few friends, not 2,039
And if you'd started showing movies of your cats
They'd have stood up and reached for their hats

You can text me, you can call me,
You can email, you can chat,
Early morning, late at night,
right here is where I'm at.
I'm available anytime, prepared to do my part
Here at the drive-up window of my heart.

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