Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems
Notes: words and music
by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1958 by the author, 1963 by Schroder Music
Company. In the Table of Contents to her songbook Song in My Pocket
Malvina writes of this song: "A children's song for grownups. I say
let's build some fine, clean, sunny, roomy houses for children and their
folks, instead of building cobalt bombs. After all, it's our money and
Oh the cat has a house,
And the rat has a house,
And the dog and the mouse and the flea;
And the snail has a house,
And the whale has a house,
And they all have a house but me.
Oh the pig has a pen,
There's a coop for the hen,
And the bird has a nest in the tree;
The snake has a hole,
So does the mole,
But there's no kind of place for me.
The sign on ev'ry building says,
"No children wanted here."
When I grow up the sign will say:
"Landlords kindly stay away."
Oh the cow has a house,
And the sow has a house,
And the Pentagon takes lots of scenery;
There's hangars for planes,
Roundhouses for trains,
Garages for cars and taverns for bars,
Buildings for stores with seventeen floors,
And money enough for three world wars,
But they couldn't build a house for me.
Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music
to this song appears:
---- Song in My Pocket: Songs
Other place(s) where the music to this song appears:
---- Sing Out!, Volume 1(2) (1950), p. 12
Malvina Reynolds recording(s) on which this song is performed:
---- We Won't Move! Songs of the Tenants' Movement (Folkways
FS 5287, 1983)