Second Hand Rose

1946

By Burton Lane & Alan Jay Lerner 

Father has a business
Strictly second hand
Everything from toothpicks
To a baby-grand
Stuff in our apartment
Came from fatherís store
Even clothes Iím wearing
Someone wore before

Itís no wonder that I feel abused
I never get a thing that ainít been used
Iím wearing second hand hats
Second hand clothes
Thatís why they call me
Second Hand Rose

Even our piano in the parlor
Daddy bought for ten cents on the dollar

Second hand pearls
Iím wearing second hand curls
I never get a single thing thatís new

Even Jake, the plumber,
Heís the man I adore
He had the nerve to tell me
Heís been married before! 

Everyone knows that Iím just
Second Hand Rose
From Second Avenue!
From Second Avenue! 

 

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