Sixteen Shirts

This one is all my house-sister’s fault. About midway through Pennsic XLI (2012), she mentioned that her paramour had brought only two shirts to Pennsic, and somehow that turned into this song.

Sixteen Shirts
By Katherine Ashewode
To the tune on “Sixteen Tons”
August 2012

Some people say a war needs a trunk full of clothes
Brimmin’ with chausses and brimmin’ with hose
Tunics and doublets and breeches and cotes
Too much garb to fit in the totes

Chorus:
You load sixteen shirts, what’da’ya get
Laundry day comin’ and deeper in debt
Stop tellin’ me I need to haul my ass to the store
I brought two shirts to the Pennsic War

When I pack my car to head out the door
The beer is packed from the roof to the floor
No place for mantles, no place for cloaks
A wardrobe’s made for fancier folks

Chorus

You can smell me comin’ from out in the town
My shirts were white but now they’re all brown
Jump in the river instead of a bath
The fish die out downstream of my path

Chorus

I wore my shirts from mornin’ to night
Wore ‘em to parties and wore ‘em to fight
Wore ‘em so much that the seams opened up
Now I got nothin’ but a mug and my cup

You load sixteen shirts, what’da’ya get
Laundry day comin’ and deeper in debt
I guess I better haul my ass down to the store
I got no shirts to the Pennsic War

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