Bob Dylan - "Cloths Line" lyrics

After a while we took in the clothes,
Nobody said very much.
Just some old wild shirts and a couple pairs of pants
Mama come in and picked up a book
Which nobody really wanted to touch.
An' Papa asked her what it was.
Someone else asked, "What do you care'"
Papa said, "Well, just because."
Hang 'em on the line.
It was January the thirtieth
And everybody was feelin' fine.
Then they started to take back their clothes,

The next day everybody got up
The dogs were barking, a neighbor passed,
"The Vice-President's gone mad!"
Mama, of course, she said, "Hi!"
"Where'" "Downtown." "When'" "Last night."
Seein' if the clothes were dry.
"Have you heard the news'" he said, with a grin,
"Hmm, say, that's too bad!"
"It's just somethin' we're gonna have to forget."
"Well, there's nothin' we can do about it," said the neighbor,
"Yes, I guess so," said Ma,
Then she asked me if the clothes was still wet.
I reached up, touched my shirt,

And the neighbor said, "Are those clothes yours'"
I said, "Some of 'em, not all of 'em."
He said, "Ya always help out around here with the chores'"
I said, "Sometime, not all the time."
Then my neighbor, he blew his nose
"Mama wants you t' come back in the house and bring them clothes."
Just as papa yelled outside,
Well, I just do what I'm told,
So, I did it, of course.
I went back in the house and Mama met me
And then I shut all the doors.