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Chicago Folk Singer Known for Protest Songs Pens Dibs-Inspired Spiritual

By Mark Konkol | February 17, 2015 5:35am
 Andrew Francis' dibs-inspired song aims to ease your winter parking anxieties.
Andrew Francis' dibs-inspired song aims to ease your winter parking anxieties.
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LOGAN SQUARE — This winter, like every winter, the Chicago tradition of claiming dibs has inspired a tired discussion about whether claiming shoveled-out parking spaces is a right or the end of civilization.

Of course, we all hope we've suffered through our last dibs-qualifying snow this winter.

But in the unfortunate event that is not the case, Logan Square folkie Andrew Francis, who is best known for his protest songs "Mr. Mayor Says," "Talkin' CTA Blues" and "Talkin' Red Light Blues," has written a gospel song aimed at easing your winter parking anxieties.

His rendition of "I Got Dibs" is a catchy, old-timey gospel tune — inspired by an old hymal, "I Got Shoes" — that surely makes shovelin' mighty easier.

"We all know about the time-honored tradition of dibs. We all know someone who takes dibs regularly. And we all know someone who regularly talks about how dibs are the downfall of modern, industrial society," Francis says on his website, Music Vomit. "So it’s a song about dibs."

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