Between the Clotheslines

© 2010 Sara Thomsen

This song was written for an environmental awareness event entitled "The Right to Dry: Celebrating
Clotheslines!" Artists, poets, musicians displayed and performed original works that spoke to that
theme. Sixty million Americans are banned from hanging their laundry out to dry!

Feel the warm sunshine
Everything's fine
Breezes are blowin'
The sheets on the line

Shirt-tails flappin' and flyin'
We're laughin' and cryin'
Tellin' stories that only get told
Between the clotheslines

All the flags of the world cannot compare
to the beauty there
Every color and style dance for awhile,
aloft in the air

So if you're not free, your flannel to fly
Pick up your pins, lift your lines high
Celebrate all your clothes on the line
And don't pay the fine

If you choose the sunshine
To dry your nightgown
They say property value
Is sure to drop down

I've traveled this whole world round
I never have found
Any land where the laundry line
Didn't light up the town

Shirttails flappin' and flyin'
People laughin' and cryin'
Tellin' stories that only get told
Between the clotheslines