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Jim Dixon Lyr Req: Jimmy Had a Nickel (Maurice Sigler) (18) Lyr Req: JIMMY HAD A NICKEL (Sigler-Goodhart-Hoffm 19 Feb 20


From the sheet music at Google Books. However, the last page is missing from the "preview," (I suppose you could see it if you were willing to pay $3.03.), but I have filled in missing words from the Wendell Hall recording; I have put them in italics.


JIMMY HAD A NICKEL
Words and music by Maurice Sigler, Al Goodhart, and Al Hoffman, ©1933.

1. Little Jimmy Jenkins had an uncle and the uncle came to little Jimmy Jenkins' house one day.
He gave little Jim a nickel, told him not to spend the nickel, but to save it for a rainy day.
Jimmy left the house in all his glory.
What happened after that's another story.

CHORUS: Jimmy had a nickel.
He didn't have it long,
Didn't have it long,
'Cause the kids found out that
Jimmy had a nickel.
Jimmy had a nickel.
Jimmy had a nickel.
Jimmy had a nickel.
Jimmy tried to hide it
But that would never do.
That would never do
'Cause the kids all knew that
Jimmy had a nickel.
Jimmy had a nickel.
Jimmy had a nickel.
Jimmy had a nickel.
Down the street his eager feet
Found their way to the candy store.
When he got there, holy gee!
He never knew he had so many friends before.
Jimmy had a sweetheart.
She was waitin' too.
Now the kids are blue
'Cause the kids found out that
Jimmy had a sweetheart.
Jimmy had a sweetheart.
Jimmy had a nickel, too.

It wasn't a dollar; that didn't rhyme.
It wasn't a quarter; it wasn't a dime.
It was just a [unintelligible].


2. Jimmy took his nickel and he said he'd buy a pickle but the lad was very fickle and he said:
"I will buy a lollipop and then I'll buy a choc'late drop and put three pennies in my bank instead."
Little Jimmy's life was hunky-dory
But there's another chapter to this story.

CHORUS 2: Jimmy had a nickel.
He didn't have it long,
Didn't have it long
'Cause his girl found out that
Jimmy had a nickel.
Jimmy had a nickel.
Jimmy had a nickel.
Jimmy had a nickel.
Jimmy wanted candy.
His sweetheart wanted pie,
But he didn't buy
'Cause he don't like pie,
So Jimmy had a nickel.
Jimmy had a nickel.
Jimmy had a nickel.
Jimmy had a nickel.
Then his sweetheart changed her mind
And they went to a movie show
When he got there, holy gee!
He couldn't get a ticket 'cause he lost his dough.
Jimmy had a pocket.
The pocket hat a hole,
Pocket had a hole,
And the story's true 'cause
Jimmy lost his nickel.
Jimmy lost his nickel.
Jimmy lost his sweetheart, too.


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The Internet Archive has recordings by
Wendell Hall, 1933.
Joe Venuti and His Orchestra, 1934.
Todd Rollins and His Orchestra, with vocal chorus by Chick Bullock, 1934.

I think the last two are actually the same recording and one of them is a pseudonym.


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