Malvina Reynolds

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Malvina Reynolds (née Milder) (August 23, 1900March 17, 1978) was an American folk/blues singer-songwriter and political activist.


  • Train whistle blowin',
    Makes a sleepy noise;
    Underneath their blankets
    Go all the girls and boys.
    Rockin', rollin', ridin',
    Out along the bay,
    All bound for Morningtown,
    Many miles away.
  • And there's doctors and lawyers,
    And business executives,
    And they're all made out of ticky tacky
    And they all look just the same.
  • Love is something if you give it away,
    Give it away, give it away.
    Love is something if you give it away,
    You end up having more.
    It's just like a magic penny,
    Hold it tight and you won't have any.
    Lend it, spend it, and you'll have so many
    They'll roll all over the floor.
    • Song Magic Penny
  • If you are a piano,
    You will laugh on ev'ry string,
    And if you are a girl or boy,
    You'll sing.
    • Song There's Music In The Air
  • They don't know my head's full of me
    And that I have my own special thing,
    And there's no hole in my head.
    Too bad.
    • Song No Hole In My Head
  • Little man stood at the Mayor's door,
    No one had ever seen him before,
    Dressed in clothes of a gayer mood
    Than ever are seen in Hollywood.
    • Song The Pied Piper
  • There was a little boat sailed down the river,
    Hull was a cup and sail was a feather,
    Cum peedle ump pump pay.
  • I don't mind failing in this world,
    I'll stay down here with the raggedy crew,
    'Cause getting up there means stepping on you,
    so I don't mind failing in this world.

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