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First Line: Jimmy's had a hair cut!
Last Line: Just to smell his head.
Subject(s): Barbers; Boys; Hair

Jimmy's had a hair cut!
How the folks all stare.
It's so short you see his skin
Showing through his hair.
'T wasn't like he'd had before,
Cut around a bowl;
It was in that barber-store
By the candy pole.

Jimmy's had a hair cut!
We was there to see,
Peeking through the window-pane,—
All the boys and me.
He looked worried there alone,
Trying hard to grin,
On a kind of great big throne
Wrapped up to his chin.

Jimmy's had a hair cut!
'Course it scared him some.
All those shears and cups and things
Sort of struck him dumb.
My, I wished that I was him
Sitting there instead
Looking like a cherubim,
Showing just my head.

Wish I'd had my hair cut
By a shiney man,
Telling grown-up jokes and such
While his snippers ran.
Jimmy's mother saved a curl,—
She feels bad, I know,
That he wasn't born a girl
And could let them grow.

Jimmy's had a hair cut,—
My! It made him proud!
Walking out, while all of us
Followed in a crowd.

He got pretty rich that day
'Fore he went to bed,
Making every fellow pay
Just to smell his head.

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