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Quaint name Ann Street

Mann_street I got a call this morning from the Citibank fraud prevention unit about some odd charges to my Mastercard.  I cleared that up in short order with one of their telephone reps, assuring me that my identity was not being stolen.  Been there, done that, got the bad credit report to show for it.

As I was about to get off the call, the Citibank rep said "So Mr. Panganiban, I see that you live on Ann Street.  It might interest you to know that there is a famous song about an Ann Street by the composer Charles Ives.  You should look it up."

Intrigued, I went to google and indeed there it was, a quirky musical homage to my little street in the Wall Street district of Manhattan, composed by Charles Ives in 1921, based on a poem written by Maurice Morris.  These are the complete lyrics to the classical song:

Quaint name     Ann street.
Width of same,      ten feet.
Barnums mob     Ann street,
Far from ob-     solete.
Narrow, yes     Ann street,
But business,     Both feet.      -
Nassau crosses Ann Street
Sun just hits     Ann street,
Then it quits     Some greet!
Rather short,     Ann Street.

It's a very strange little ditty.  You can hear most of the 50 second song on Amazon (WMA and Real Audio versions.)  It's a hoot.

Thanks Mr. Citibank Fraud Prevention Unit Customer Service Guy!

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