Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems
Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1958 by author, 1963 by Schroder Music Company. In the Table of Contents to her songbook Song in My Pocket Malvina writes of this song: "...written for one of today's little girls with no Daddy in the family any more--a word of security to go to sleep on." This song originally (in Song in My Pocket) had another verse which Malvina later dropped: "Now she's a daddy and works in a store / Now she's a mommy and sweeps the floor / Now she's a girl in a pinafore, ruffles all around." In fact, Malvina's sister worked in a camera store, her mother worked in the family tailor shop (as did Malvina for a while), her sister-in-law ran a fabric store, and her grandmother ran a deli, so keeping the store was as much women's work as men's in that family.
Up in the morning break of day,
Now she's an engine--clear the track--
Stars are out and it's time for bed,
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