The Dollar Alarm Clock (John Healy)

“The Dollar Alarm Clock” Sheet Music (pdf).
“The Dollar Alarm Clock” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: John Healy.
Tune: “The Old Oaken Bucket.”


How dear to my heart are those chimes in the morning
That yank me from my bed with melodious thrill;
How sweet is the sound of the regular warning
That yells that it’s time that I hiked to the mill.
Without it I’d sleep till the sun had arisen,
Be late to the job that my boss let’s me use;
Get canned, perhaps steal, maybe land in a prison,
If the chimes didn’t hustle me out of my snooze.

The faithful alarm clock,
The rattling alarm clock,
The dollar alarm clock
That rests on my shelf.

What a blessing it was when the thing was invented;
It beats the slave-driver who came with a stick;
It rests on the shelf in the shack that I rented;
It never gets hungry; it never gets sick.
If overly weary I take a tin bucket
And place the alarm clock down into the thing,
When it chimes in the morning, it doubles the racket:
It would wake up the dead when two of them ring.

The faithful alarm clock,
The rattling alarm clock,
The dollar alarm clock
That rests on my shelf.


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