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First Line: What's the use o' growin' up?
Last Line: What's the use?
Subject(s): Aging; Children; Play; Childhood


What's the use o' growin' up?
You can't paddle with yer toes
In a puddle—you can't yell
When yer feelin' extra well—
Why every feller knows
A grown-up can't let loose.
I don't want to be no older—
What's the use?

What's the use o' growin' up?
When I'm big I don't suppose
Explorin' would be right
In a neighbor's field at night—
I won't like to get my clo'se
All watermelon juice.
I don't want to be no older—
What's the use?

What's the use o' growin' up?
You couldn't ride the cow,
An' the rabbits an' the pig
Don't like you 'cause yer big,
I'm comfortublest now—
P'r'aps I am a goose.
I don't want to be no older—
What's the use?

What's the use o' growin' up?
When yer growed, why every day
You just have to be one thing.
I'm a pirate, er a king,
Er a cowboy—I can play
That I'm anything I choose.
I don't want to be no older—
What's the use?





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