Take the CPU, you see it's only just a box
With blinking lights and whirring fans and lots of cable slots.
So I spent an evening working with some wires and bulbs and pins,
Then I hauled them to the basement and I plugged the freezer in.
Next I needed tape drives, my tape drives were a steal.
I climbed into the attic for my dad's old reel-to-reel.
Some cable and some binder twine and soon it was complete --
My CPU and tape drive at a price no one could beat!
Then I looked for disc drives, but it didn't take me long.
"Function follows form," they say -- or have I got that wrong?
I found a drive with 5 new modes that blows the rest away ...
Cottons, linens, wash-n-wear, rinse, and lingerie!
I had to have a console just to make my system run.
Without a fancy console, then my system wasn't done.
I tied a ten-buck typewriter to a broken TV tube,
And now I've got a console that can write the evening news.
I've had my system running, I'll admit its not the best.
The data isn't right, and the response time is a mess.
It crashes every hour and it isn't worth a damn,
But I'm satisfied because it runs just like an IBM!