WPA Lullaby (Frank Sprague)

“WPA Lullaby” Sheet Music (pdf).
“WPA Lullaby” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Frank Sprague.
Tune: Frank Sprague.


The room is cold and dreary,
And the feeble fire burns low;
For “needs” must hoard the pennies
’Though angry storm winds blow.
A mother with her baby boy,
To soothe his plaintive cry,
Pretends that they are happy
And sings this lullaby:

W.P.A. for papa
And a pension for grandad.
You may be the President;
Gee, but mama’s glad.
Swing him high and swing him low.
Won’t that be just grand
When they shout my baby’s name
And play the big brass band?

His little face is puny,
And his cheeks are pale and wan.
He’s always cold and hungry:
The money is all gone.
His skinny hands caress her
When his mother starts to cry.
He says, “Let’s play at make believe
And sing our lullaby.”

W.P.A. for papa
And a pension for grandad.
You may be the President;
Gee, but mama’s glad.
Swing him high and swing him low.
Won’t that be just grand
When they shout my baby’s name
And play the big brass band?


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