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"The Check's in the Mail" is a song in Schoolhouse Rock!, which can be seen in "Money Rock". The song teaches us how to use checks. It was written by Bob Dorough, and sung by Luther Rix and Dorough.


The check's in the mail
The check is in the mail

And it ought to be there Tuesday without fail

If you have got a bill to pay

Or something you need to buy

Just write the check and send it off in the mail

Millions of Americans go out every day
With a checkbook in their purse
They might have a little cash to pay for
their lunch And a little to get home on the
bus But if they suddenly decide to make
a purchase or shop They whip it out and
write out the exact amount
With some I.D., then they sign it
And they walk out with the stuff
That they paid for with their checking account

The check's in the mail
The check is in the mail
And it ought to be there
Wednesday without fail
When you need to send some money
Do what business folk do Just write a check and send it off in the mail
Every month you've got a little bundle to pay Like the rent,
the lights, the phone, and the car
Write 'em out for each amount and send 'em away
With an envelope and stamp they'll go far It really is a safer
way for you to pay all your bills And so you ought to open
up your own account Your check is just a written order only
you can write That tells your bank to pay someone a certain amount

The check's in the mail The check is in the mail
And it ought to be there Thursday without fail
You can keep your money moving with a flick of the wrist
And you're happy that the check's in the mail

Mailman: Now you may wonder what
happens when you send a check to someone,
and how it gets back to your bank.
Well, that someone deposits
your check into their account and then,
through an electronic flow of digital information,
your check is cleared by a central bank and comes back to your bank where,
at that point, the amount is deducted from your account and paid over to theirs.
So it's obvious that you've got to keep enough money in your checking account
to stay in the black. Otherwise, you'll write a
"hot check" and that sucker's gonna bounce -- and that's illegal!

Once a month your bank will send a statement to you
So you'll know just where you stand Listing all your checks and charges and deposits too
To help you stay ahead and keep things in hand
And you should learn to be real careful with your checkbook and your checks
And keep track of every little amount Now you compare your figures with the bank's
And if it all adds up Then you can say that you have balanced your account

The check's in the mail
The check is in the mail And it's got to be there
Friday without fail But just remember that you've
got to have some income coming in Before you send
out all those checks in the mail

I'm sure it'll be there next week, sometime!