We called them ice cream parlors then

a dime would buy a loaf of bread

we practiced how to curtsy then

and men were men back then she says

we held our hair with bobby pins

we wore white saddle shoes she says

a dozen eggs was sixty cents

and we got marks for penmanship

our blouses had round collars then

men still carried handkerchiefs

at night we danced in supper clubs

vacationed then in motor courts

a handshake still meant something then

a picture show cost fifty cents

we went to bed with cold cream on

milk came bottled cold she says

a colored girl came twice a week

lipstick only came in red

colored boys we called the men

and people still had manners then.