I Knew Him When

(Arlen/Harburg/Gershwin)


I knew him when
He bought me violets now and then
I knew him when
The ring he wore
Was purchased at the Five and Ten

I knew him when
We used to ride
On top of a bus
And dream of that someday flat
And then a date for dinner at eight
At the Automat

So that's the boy
Whose name is up in blazing lights
That's all there is
The boy made good
But local girl is still in tights
There is no more
Together when the going was rough
He recognized me then

Sister, it's tough
When you know them when


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