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1We were very tired, we were very
2 We had gone back and forth all night upon the ferry.
3 It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable --
4 But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table,
5 We lay on the hill-top underneath the moon;
6 And the whistles kept blowing, and the dawn came soon.
7 We were very tired, we were very merry --
8 We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry;
9 And you ate an apple, and I ate a pear,
10 From a dozen of each we had bought somewhere;
11 And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold,
12 And the sun rose dripping, a bucketful of gold.
13 We were very tired, we were very merry,
14 We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
15 We hailed, "Good morrow, mother!" to a shawl-covered head,
16 And bought a morning paper, which neither of us read;
17 And she wept, "God bless you!" for the apples and the pears,
18 And we gave her all our money but our subway fares.
The poem starts with a smelly ferry. It smells because they still used horse-drawn carriages in the 1920's. She's been riding the ferry all night, probably slightly drunk. There were simply having cheap fun. Since they had a great time in the ferry, they gave the old lady selling papers all the apples & pears they had left. They also gave her the rest of their money. They were probably still drunk, don't you think?
The poem starts with a smelly ferry. It smells because they still used
carriages in the 1920's. Drunken people had been riding the ferry all night.
There were simply having cheap fun. Since the drunken boys had a great
time in the ferry, they gave an old woman all the apples, the newspaper
and their money.