New Computer Blues

from by Echo's Children

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Written by Callie Hills, for her mom, on the occasion of her mom getting her first computer, 23 March 1998.


Y'know I got my new computer the other day,
The guy that hooked it up, he said "it's plug and play."
So I tried to run a program and what did I find,
It asked so many questions, drove me outta my mind!

I've got the
How big's the hard drive, what speed's the chip,
Does your modem handle faxes, is the surge protector lit?
Can your sound card do MIDI, is your printer online
Have you registered that shareware program?
New Computer Blues...

Well, I called up the technician to see what I should do,
but his phone was always busy, I could never get through
and I signed up for a class to learn 'bout gettin' online
'cause I don't want to read manuals till I turn ninety-nine!

I thought that choosin' the computer'd be the hardest part;
why does it ask so many questions if it's all that smart?
So, I called my teenage nephew, who's a self-professed geek
He got it all configured - but it took him a week...

Now the system's finally set up, I can surf on the net,
and my children send me email; and the spam ain't found me yet
but don't ask me 'bout an upgrade to a Pentium 10
After all that I've been through, I'll never do this again!


from As Good As Any, released April 1, 1999



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In 1995 Cat Faber and Callie Hills teamed up to form Echo's Children, a duo known for well crafted harmonies and interesting lyrics about science fiction and fantasy subjects. They worked together until 2003, when Cat Faber moved to Tennessee and the group broke up. ... more

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