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Is This Any Way To Run An Airline?

Words and Music by Tom Paxton

Oh the airline ticket reservation counter lady
Is a very special friend of mine.
When I asked her in the morning if my flight was ready,
She assured me it was right on time.
Oh the taxi to the airport cost me seven or eight,
And the porter got another buck or two,
When some joker on the microphone said sorry,
But we've got a little bad news for you

It's getting cloudy up in Boston
Montreal is socked in tight
Washington is closed for Christmas
Philadelphia's out on strike
Minnesota's up to here in snow
And Tulsa's Closed tonight you know
Please be patient five more minutes
Hope you have a pleasant flight

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?

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