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Thread #100387   Message #2012136
Posted By: Joe Offer
30-Mar-07 - 05:45 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Younger Generation (Ira Gershwin)
Subject: ADD: Younger Generation (Ira Gershwin)
Yup, it's an Ira Gershwin song. This is from The Complete Lyrics of Ira Gershwin.

YOUNGER GENERATION
(Ira Gershwin, 1943)

If I eat too much jam
Mother look how young I am;
Father dear, please recall
That at one time you were small.
If I'm hard on my clothes
And I do not wipe my nose,
Parents dear, please recall
That at one time you were small.

Tiddle-ee-um Tiddle-ee-um,
Tiddle-ee-um, tum, tum, tum, tum.
We're the younger generation
and the future of the nation.

If I look, as I pass,
Into every looking glass,
Parents mine, have no fears,
Just go back some twenty years.
If I play out of doors
And don't help with kitchen chores,
Parents mine, have no fears,
Just go back some twenty years.

Tiddle-ee-um Tiddle-ee-um...

If to school I am late,
Please don't scold and agitate;
Parents dear. isn't it true,
One time you were that way too?
If I make too much noise
And I hit back at the boys.
Parents dear, isn't it true,
One time you were that way too.

Tiddle-ee-um Tiddle-ee-um...

Parents dear, use your tact.
If you don't like how we act,
Do not fret, do not mourn -
Is it our fault we were born?
Please forgive all we do
For someday we'll suffer, too,
When in turn we shall groan
At some children of our own.

Tiddle-ee-um Tiddle-ee-um.....


published 1943.
Music adapted from a traditional Russian melody. Earlier title: "How Young I Am"

from the 1943 movie, The North Star.

www.settling-the-score.com says this:
Also see the NY Times film review.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2KZXO1psNc