rooms of people people in rooms

the cleaning maids using brooms

shoe shine in the lobby twenty five cents

over worked desk man sings a sad lament

men in suits ladies in dresses

adultery committed daily by villains and villainesses

tired train travelers seeking a simple bed

penthouse tenant lying there dead

crimes and holidays are celebrated the same

bookies and suckers pay the winless game

the colorful and the drab all check in

the era was segregation by the color of your skin

balls and happy weddings born every day

the welcomed guests were glad to pay

telephone booths were a plenty on every floor

wood was dark and polished on every door

royalty and commoners slept in beds at night

occasional ghosts were witnessed having a friendly right

twelve out of twelve you could always depend

the hotel would reach out and be a memorable friend




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