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Penpal Blues

This song is by Loudon Wainwright III and appears on the album Final Exam (1978).

I went down to the Post Office to check my mail
I was sure your letter would be there without fail
But all there was in my box was my telephone bill
Now that's the envelope that makes me wanna go out and kill somebody

Why didn't you write me, Baby?
Why didn't you write me, girl?
Why didn't you write me, Baby?
Why didn't you write me, girl?

Last time that you called me up I thought that everything would be alright
You told me that you loved me and you promised you would write
I do believe I'm fed up, Baby, And I've had my fill
Your collect call cost me seven bucks, It's right here on my phone bill, Baby

Why didn't you write me, Baby?
Why didn't you write me, girl?
Why didn't you write me, Baby?
Why didn't you write me, girl?

All I really wanted was a pen pal, Baby
All I really wanted was a pen pal, girl
All I really wanted was a pen pal, Baby
All I really wanted was a pen pal, girl

I know that I sound desperate but that phone bill hit me hard
If you can't come up with a letter, I'll have to settle for a card
Perhaps the reason your enthusiasm is so damp
Is you can't cough up thirteen cents to buy yourself a stamp (you cheapskate)

Why didn't you write me, Baby?
Why didn't you write me, girl?
Why didn't you write me, Baby?
Why didn't you write me, girl?

Written by:

Loudon Wainwright III

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