Marvelous Little Toy

Words & Music:

Peter, Paul, & Mary


     C            G               C                  G

When I was just a wee little lad, full of health and joy,

   F               C                  G            G7

My father homeward came one night and gave to me a toy.

  C           G                 C      C7   F

A wonder to behold it was, with many colors bright,

        F             C                G                 G7

And the moment I laid eyes on it, it became my heart's delight.



        C                    G

It went zip when it moved and pop when it stopped,

C            C7    F

Whir when it stood still,

  F               C                  G       G7    C

I never knew just what it was, and I guess I never will.


The first time that I picked it up, I had a big surprise,

'Cause right on the bottom were two big buttons that looked like big green eyes.

I first pushed one and then the other, then I twisted its lid,

And when I put it down again, this is what it did.




It first marched left and then marched right, and then marched under a chair

And when I looked where it had gone, it wasn't even there.

I started to cry, but my daddy laughed 'cause he knew that I would find

When I turned around my marvelous toy would be chugging from behind.




The years have gone by too quickly it seems, I have my own little boy,

And yesterday I gave to him my marvelous little toy.

His eyes nearly popped right out of his head and he gave a squeal of glee.

Neither one of us know just what it is, but he loves it just like me.


It still goes . . .




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