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First Line: I wisht I knew what makes the top-time come
Last Line: Each time I spin 'er on the kitchen floor.
Subject(s): Children; Play; Toys; Childhood


I wisht I knew what makes the top-time come
Before it's gotten over bein' cold;
Sometimes my fingers get so kinder numb
The string can't help from comin' all unrolled.
I like a top-string better when it's old,
An' then I tell yer, I can make 'er hum!
I've learnt a special secret way t' hold,
By pressin', when I throw 'er, with my thumb.
You know that stubby yeller one I had?—
It split ten other tops, er maybe more—
I broke it, an' I tell yer, I felt bad!
But now she's mended better 'an before.
I don't see why our cook should get so mad
Each time I spin 'er on the kitchen floor.





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