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Marvelous Toy

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Marvelous Toy
(Tom Paxton)

When I was just a wee little lad full of health and joy
My father homeward came one night and gave to me a toy
A wonder to behold, it was, with many colors bright
And the moment I laid eyes on it it became my heart's delight

  It went "zip" when it moved and "bop" when it stopped
    And "whirr" when it stood still
  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
For right on its bottom were two big buttons that
  Looked like big green eyes.
I first pushed one and then the other, and then I twisted its lid
And when I set it down again, this is what it did:

It first marched left and then marched right
And then marched under a chair
And when l looked where it had gone, it wasn't even there:
I started to sob and my daddy laughed, for he knew that I would find,
When l turned around, my marvelous toy, chugging from behind.

Well, 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 knows just what it is,
  but he loves it, just like me.

Written, printed, and recorded by Tom Paxton
Copyright Tom Paxton
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