Sorokin, the new superintendent of a pajama-making factory in Dubuque, Iowa, has suddenly fallen in love with one of his employees, Babe Williams (Janis Page), who is also the head of the union “grievance” committee, and is a union girl all the way, even warning her new employer about her commitments. Somewhat into Act 1, Sorokin, taken by his possible opponent, realizing his love for her, attempts to evaluate his situation, realizing that he, to use the cliché, is head-over-heels in love with a woman who can only utterly dismiss his intentions given his administrative position. He spends much of the rest of the musical trying to convince her otherwise, trying to reveal his good intentions, despite the fact that his superior, “Old Man” Hasler, refuses to give his employees the raise of 7 1/2 cents which they demand. In fact, Hasler, has already dealt with just such raise “of the books,” which, when Sorokin discovers it, results in a amenable situation for all.
Sorokin’s song is sung to no one else but himself, a kind memo to his own sanity, trying to make clear to his inner consciousness that it is ridiculous to fall in love with Babe, given her near complete dismissal of him. But as he says, even to himself, he’s just not “thinking to clear” and “it’s all going in one ear and out the other.”