CONVERSATIONS WITH NICK ABOUT A SONG HE WROTE

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NICK: Daddy?

ME: Yes.

NICK: You wanna…you wanna…Daddy?

ME: Yes.

NICK: You wanna hear something?

ME: Sure.

NICK: It’s a song I made up. Do you want to hear it?

ME: Yeah!

NICK: It’s a silly song.

ME: Okay.

NICK: Do you wanna hear it?

ME: I do.

NICK: Okay. (Pause) I can’t remember how it goes.

ME: Take your time. Just think about it.

NICK: Okay. I remember. Do you wanna hear it?

ME: Yes.

NICK: It’s silly.

ME: Okay.

NICK: It’s just a silly song, okay?

ME: Okay.

NICK: Okay. It goes… BUILD THE SMART TUB! BUILD THE SMART TUB! BUILD THE SMART TUB! That’s how it goes.

ME: I love it!

NICK: And then it goes… FILL IT UP WITH PUMPKIN! FILL IT UP WITH PUMPKIN! FILL IT UP WITH PUMPKIN!

ME: That’s great! It’s like a punk rock song. Let’s sing it.

NICK: You sing it.

ME: BUILD THE SMART TUB! BUILD THE SMART TUB! BUILD THE SMART TUB! FILL IT UP WITH PUMPKIN! FILL IT UP WITH PUMPKIN! FILL IT UP WITH PUMPKIN!

NICK: Do you like it?

ME: I love it! What comes next???

NICK: (walking away) I don’t know. I’m done.

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