© Words & Music by Tom Paxton / From the Dennis Warner Album “Beep Beep”
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
went "zip" when it moved and "bop" when it stopped
And "whirr" when it stood still
I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will.
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
first pushed one and then the other, and then I twisted its lid
And when I set it down again, this is what it did:
first marched left, then marched right, then marched under a chair
And when l looked where it had gone, it wasn't even there
I started to sob and my daddy laughed, for he knew that I would find,
When l turned around, my marvelous toy was 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 and he gave a squeal of glee,
Neither one of us knows just what it is but he loves it just like me.