This popular "tongue-twister" song was originally written in 1914 -- Al Jolson's recording was made in 1916.
Sister Susie's sewing in the kitchen on a "Singer",
There's miles and miles of flannel on the floor
And on the stairs,
And father says it's rotten getting mixed up with the cotton,
And sitting on the needles that she leaves upon the chairs.
And should you knock at our front door
Mother says, "Come inside."
And if you ask where Susie is,
She says with loving pride:
"Sister Susie's sewing shirts for soldiers
Such skill at sewing shirts
Our shy young sister Susie shows!
Some soldiers send epistles,
Saying they'd sooner sleep on thistles
Than the saucy, soft, short shirts for soldiers sister Susie sews."