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SECOND HAND ROSE  Barbara Streisand

Father had a bus'ness, strictly second hand,

Ev'ry thing from toothpicks to a baby grand;

Stuff in our apartment came from Father's store -

Even things I'm wearing someone wore before.

It's no wonder that I feel abused;

I never have a thing that ain't been used.

I'm wearing second hand hats, second hand clothes,

That's why they call me Second Hand Rose.

Even our piano in the parlor,

Father bought for ten cents on the dollar.

Second hand pearls, I'm wearing second hand curls.

I never get a single thing that's new.

Even Jake the plumber, he's the man I adore,

Had the nerve to tell me he's been married before.

Ev'ryone knows that I'm just Second Hand Rose

From Second Avenue.


I'm wearing second hand shoes, second hand hose,

All the girls hand me their second hand beaux.

Even my pajamas when I don 'em

Have somebody else's 'nitials on 'em.

Second hand rings, I'm sick of second hand things,

I never get what other girlies do.

Once while strolling through the Ritz a girl got my goat;

She nudged her friend and said, "Oh, look there's my old fur coat!"

Ev'ryone knows that I'm just Second Hand Roses

From Second Avenue,

From Second Avenue.

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