The Kissing of Sal Snooboo

The Kissing of Sal Snooboo  (1925) 
by Robert Ervin Howard
First published in The Tattler, the Brownwood High School newspaper, January 1925

A bunch of the girls were whooping it up
In the old Lip-stick saloon,
And the kid at the player-piano
Was twanging a jazzy tune,
When out of the night with perfume on his shirt
And stacomb upon his hair,
A young man staggered inside the door
And meowed like a grizzly-bear.
He kicked the kid off the piano stool
And sat him down to play.
The piano yowled like an old tom cat
To the tune of "Hip! Hurray!"
Says he, "Gals, you don’t know me,
But, by gosh, I know you,
And one of you is a classy dame,
And that one is Sal Snooboo!"

She squawked and somebody turned the lights,
Something went "Smack!" in the dark.
There was nothing for anybody to do
But to stand still and s****** and hark.
Somebody turned the lights on,
And Sally was standing there,
But the stranger wasn’t; he was done,
And Sal was arranging her hair.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926.


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