I'm wearing second hand shoesSecond hand hoseAll the girls hand meTheir second hand clothesEven my pajamas when I darn 'emHave somebody else'sInitials on 'emSecond hand ringsMmm... Second hand thingsI never get what other girlies do
Once while strollingThrough the Ritz a girl got my goat...She nudged her friendAnd said oh look there goesMy old fur coat
I don't believe inFrettin' and grievin'Why mess around with strifeI never was caught outTo step and strut outGive me the simple lifeSome find a pleasant dining on pheasantsThose things roll off my combJust serve me tomatoesAnd mashed potatoesAny place I hang my hat is home
Oh, I got plenty o' nothin'And nothin's plenty for meI got no car, I got no muleI got no miseryDon't you seeI got no lock on my doorThat's okay with meCause the things that I prizeLike the stars in the skies are all freeI got plenty o' nothin'And nothin's plenty for me
Once I built a railroadMade it run,Made it raceAgainst timeOnce I built a railroadNow it's doneBrother can you spare a dime?Say don't you rememberThey called me AlIt was Al all the timeSay don't you rememberI'm your palBuddy can you spare a dime?
Nobody knows youWhen you're down and outIn your pocket'sNot one pennyAnd your friendsWell, you haven't anySoon as you get on your feet againEverybodyEverybodyIs your long lost friendIt's mighty strangeWithout a doubtBut nobody knows youWhen you're down and out
Oh every one knowsThat I'm just second hand Rose>From Second AvenueYa can't beat the egg-creams>From Second AvenueThere is more between meAnd Fifth AvenueThan three blocksI tell yaSecond Avenue
The flowers in springThe robins that singThe sun beam that shinesThey're yours, they're mineAnd love can come to anyoneBecause the best things in life are free