Tom Paxton

The marvelous toy

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 "pop" when it stopped, and "brrr" 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, 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 cry and my daddy laughed, for he knew that I would find
when I 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, he gave a squeal of glee
Neither one of us knows just what it is, but he loves it, just like me.

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

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