I Do Not Need a Bag--Lyrics

By David Roth

VERSE Oh, I go shopping every day, and I buy lots of things: Paper clips and party hats, rubber bands and rings, And when I've picked out what I want and comes the time to pay, They ask me how I want it wrapped and this is what I say:

CHORUS I I do not need a bag, I do not need a bag, I do not need a bag, I do not need a bag, To take a brand new bag each time I shop's a drag. Thank you kindly but I do not need a bag.

VERSE I went into the kitchen to fix a bite to eat. I had a taste for something tart or maybe something sweet, But every shelf I opened up and every drawer was stuffed With supermarket paper sacks and plastic pouches puffed.

CHORUS II I do not need these sacks, I do not need these sacks, I do not need these sacks, I do not need these sacks, With all these extra sacks I cannot find my snacks, Thank you kindly but I do not need these sacks.

BRIDGE The trees out in the forest, they are friends to me. They're fun to climb and give me shade and air to breathe, And plastic bags do not biodegrade too well. In landfills and in garbage dumps They suffocate the Earth... and they smell!

VERSE So now I take a cotton bag when I go to the store. I've used it many, many times, I'm sure I'll use it more. And every time I use my bag I help to save a tree. If everybody did the same, just think how smart that'd be.

CHORUS III We wouldn't waste our bags, we wouldn't waste our trees, We'd have more branching out, we'd have less plastic sleaze, We'd have more bark, less bite, we'd have more piles of leaves. Oh I'll never take a bag that I don't need.

CHORUS I

1991 David Roth