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Can't Take It With You

@ 2012 Craig Carothers/Don Henry

(spoken)
Picture if you will
A sleepy little town
All is calm in the middle of the night
Except for one man /
and he's scurrying around
Packing his things by refrigerator light

He gave away a pint and a pound /
and a dozen
Turned off the gas and the water too
He stopped the mail and the paper /
cause he wasn't
Gonna be around for the /
morning news

He emptied the ant farm /
out in the garden
He set the rabbit and the hamster free
Even the python and the parakeet /
were pardoned
He gave his turtle to the deep blue sea

'cause...

You can't take it with you /
take it with you when you go
You can't take it with you when you go
If you're goin for a ride
To the other side
You can't take it with you when you go

Every single souvenir and major/
appliance
Free for the taking on his big front /
lawn
Thirty years of Playboy, and his /
Bachelor of Science
And the Trekie memorbilia he'd been /
clinging on

The cul-de-sac was buzzin' in a hive /
of speculation
As his possesions disappeared into /
the night
The neighbors thought that maybe /
he was goin' on vacation
Till he gave away his matching set /
of sparkle Samsonite...

because you...

You can't take it with you /
take it with you when you go
You can't take it with you when you go
The voices in his head
He believed them when they said
You can't take it with you when you go

He drove to the clearing and he /
sat there in his Saturn
Savoring one last Milky Way
Pretty soon all his earthly problems /
wouldn't matter
He wouldn't even have to break up /
with his fiancÚ

Though he felt a little bad he hadn't /
said good-bye to Tamara
Or told her why he had to take this trip
But it really broke his heart to have /
to leave behind his camera
As he climbed aboard the alien ship....

but...

You can't take it with you /
take it with you when you go
You can't take it with you when you go
And his memory was erased
As they flew off into space
'Cause you can't take it with you, no...
You can't take it with you,
take it with you when you go
You can't take it with you when you go

They found him in the field
Dead behind the wheel
But that was just his flesh and bone

Because you can't take it with you /
when you go