American Old Time Song Lyrics: 53 I'm Saving Up To Buy A Home For Mother

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 53

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Copyright, 1896, by Spaulding & Gray.
Words and Music by George M. Cohan.

Tiny little Tommy had a penny,
And wasn't going to spend it anywhere;
he showed the cent he had to little Benny.
Who said to him, "It's only fair to share."
As soon as Tommy told him that he wouldn't,
Why right away the lad began to cry,
I'd really like to spend it, but I shouldn't,
And if you want to know I'll tell you why:

I know some day I'm going to be a great big man,
And then I'll make my mother happy if I can;
And I will tell you how, I've got a dollar now,
And it won't be long before I have another;
I'm going to save up every penny that I get,
And father says that I will be a rich man yet;
I'd like to share with you, And I'd like to spend it, too,
But I'm saving up to buy a home for mother.

Tiny little Tom has grown to manhood,
The lad who thought him stingy now forgives,
He's made his mother happy, as a man should,
In a mansion that he owns, is where she lives,
And though a man, his old companion Benny,
He says that, he will ne'er forget the day
He wanted Tom to go and spend the penny,
And tells of how the little lad would say:- Chorus.
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