Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  

Backyard Blues

Notes: words by Malvina Reynolds and Jack Lyons, music by Jack Lyons; copyright 1974 Schroder Music Company, renewed 2002. Co-written the day after an already full guest room at Malvina's place forced Jack to sleep outside in the yard one night!

Some day you're going to be sorry
For making me sleep in the yard.
I came to you right off of the road,
Hungry and cold and tired.
You fed me a bowl of your good soup,
And I didn't take that so hard,
But when it came night and the town got dark,
You made me sleep in the yard.

You was sleepin in your cozy bed
With sheets and a clean pillow case,
While I slept out there on that canvas cot
With an alley cat to take your place.

You didn't want me to sleep in the house,
You said I was dirty and smelled like a mouse.
I washed up last week when I fell in the creek,
But you made me sleep in the yard.
When I get to be a rock and roll star,
With diamond jeans and a golden guitar,
I won't even wonder where you are,
Cause you made me sleep in the yard.


Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music to this song appears:
---- The Malvina Reynolds Songbook

Malvina Reynolds recording(s) on which this song is performed:
---- [none]

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