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They meet there every Saturday
Corner table at the old café
Those calico women from around the block
It’s the only chance they get to talk
They talk about their calico lives
And what it means to be calico wives
And they shake their heads at the games and toys
Of the gingham girls and the denim boys

When the hellos have settled down
And the coffee’s freshened all around
They talk about Susie, Sal and Sam
Who are so far away they don’t give a damn
And they tell shocking stories once again
Of nylon women and rayon men
And they talk about the price they pay
To be calico women these crazy days

They meet there every Saturday
Corner table at the old café
Those calico women from around the block
It’s the only chance they get to shock
They talk about their calico lives
And what it means to be calico wives
And they shake their heads at the games and toys
Of the gingham girls and the denim boys

As ritual as Christmas time
As comfortable as well aged wine
When they gather for a bite to eat
Those calico women don’t miss a beat
And the leather and lace set pass them by
Don’t understand ‘cuz they just don’t try
But if everything was perfect every day
What would the calico women find to say

They meet there every Saturday
Corner table at the old café
Those calico women from around the block
It’s the only chance they get to talk
They talk about their calico lives
And what it means to be calico wives
And they shake their heads at the games and toys
Of the gingham girls and the denim boys

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from The Story Is Everything, released May 17, 2012
John and Tanya Voorhees: all vocals
John: acoustic 6-string guitar, bass, electric guitar, shaker, wood block
Tanya: acoustic 12-string guitar, mandolin

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