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No Daughter of Mine

Washing my hair
with vinegar water
To make it shine.
Combing it straight,
 twisting it up in
a towel on my head

When he came home saying;
No daughter of mine
will count pennies or know
what it is to be poor.


Then I would dip
my feet in the bucket
step in and wash
with coal tar soap.
The electric fire was on,
for all it was dangerous.

When he came home  saying;
No daughter of mine
will count pennies or know
what it is to be poor.


Mum bathed my brother
in that same water.
I never did learn
why the bucket was different
to hotel rooms reached
 by my father's jag.

When he came home saying;
No daughter of mine
will count pennies or know
what it is to be poor.

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