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Depression

Jack McGuane

As long as the war keeps up
we don’t have to worry about depression,
or a drop in the housing market.
This was all proved out back in forty-one.
As soon as we got in that war
the depression ended and we all got rich.
My old man pulled down ninety a week
at the airplane factory.
If you went to the war and got your leg shot off,
you could still come home and get rich too.
Or your arm.
The only way it didn’t work out was
if you got killed
but everybody else agreed it was worth it.