Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  



Songbooks


     Seven songbooks (collected songs) of Malvina's work were compiled and published during her lifetime. Three of these (Tweedles and Foodles for Young Noodles, The Malvina Reynolds Songbook, and There's Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young) are as of this writing (2/2006) still in print, and may be obtained by writing to Schroder Music Company, 704 Gilman Street, Berkeley CA 94710 (order form at http://www.sisterschoice.com/form.html). Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope and the song title to Schroder if you want a lead sheet for a song that is only in an out-of-print songbook, or a song on this site that is not in any songbook. Almost all are available.

     More than one hundred eighty of Malvina's songs appear in these seven collections, and many appear in more than one. Two--'Let It Be' and 'Magic Penny'--appear in four of them.

     The seven songbooks and their contents are listed below, in order of their original publication date, and pagination.


1.
Song in My Pocket: Songs. San Francisco, CA: California Labor School, copyright 1954. 16 pp. foreword by Pete Seeger; cover design and illustration by the San Francisco Graphic Arts Workshop.

--- Sing Along, p. 3
--- Free Enterprise, p. 4
--- Jailhouse Door, p. 5
--- I'm Too Dumb, p. 6
--- You're Crazy, p. 7
--- Bury Me in My Overalls, p. 8
--- The Bankers and the Diplomats, p. 9
--- No House, p. 10
--- Bring Flowers, p. 11
--- Mommy's Girl, p. 12
--- Put On Your Hat, p. 13
--- When Papa Plays Accordion, p. 14
--- Move Over, p. 15
--- Birthday Hallelu, p. 16


 
2.
Tweedles and Foodles for Young Noodles: Children's Songs. Berkeley, CA: Schroder Music Company, copyright 1961. 26 pp. introductory words by Malvina Reynolds; illustrations by Jodi Robbin; piano arrangements by Claire Shallit.

--- Magical Food, pp. 1-2
--- Jennie Fell Down, pp. 3-4
--- I Live in a City, pp. 5-6
--- Rabbits Dance, pp. 7-8
--- The Pets, pp. 9-10
--- Little Boat, pp. 11-12
--- Star Flower, p. 13
--- Says the Bee, p. 14
--- Don't Bother Me, pp. 15-16
--- I Went A-Gathering, pp. 17-18
--- Everybody Says, pp. 19-20
--- To-Ro March, pp. 21-22
--- Place to Be, pp. 23-24
--- Mommy's Girl, pp. 25-26


 
3.
Little Boxes and Other Handmade Songs. New York: Oak Publications, copyright 1964. 95 pp. introductory words by Malvina Reynolds; illustrations by Jodi Robbin; cover design and page layout by Ethel Raim; music edited by Jerry Silverman.

--- Magic Penny, pp. 8-9
--- Bury Me in My Overalls, pp. 10-11
--- There'll Come a Time, pp. 12-13
--- Let It Be, pp. 14-15
--- Battle of Maxton Field, pp. 16-17
--- Faucets Are Dripping, pp. 18-19
--- Billy Boy, p. 20
--- Rand Hymn, p. 21
--- Andorra, pp. 22-23
--- We Hate to See Them Go, pp. 24-25
--- Bring Flowers, pp. 26-27
--- Little Boxes, pp. 28-29
--- The Desert, p. 30
--- Sausalito Fire, p. 31
--- Quiet, p. 32
--- Temptation, p. 33
--- Oh, Doctor, pp. 34-35
--- Let Us Come In, pp. 36-37
--- Pied Piper, pp. 38-39
--- Little Land, p. 40
--- The Emperor's Nightingale, pp. 41-43
--- Nobody, pp. 44-47
--- What Have They Done to the Rain?, pp. 48-49
--- From Way Up Here, pp. 50-51
--- Dialectic, pp. 52-53
--- Turn Around, p. 54
--- I Wish You Were Here, p. 55
--- Do Something Wrong, p. 56
--- Somewhere Between, p. 57
--- This World, pp. 58-59
--- Patchwork of Dreams, pp. 60-61
--- The Little Mermaid, pp. 62-63
--- We Don't Need the Men, pp. 64-65
--- Alone, pp. 66-67
--- Don't Talk to Me of Love, pp. 68-69
--- The Moment, p. 70
--- Sing Along, p. 71
--- Where Is the Little Street?, pp. 72-73
--- Sally Don't You Grieve, p. 74
--- The Miracle, p. 75
--- You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out, p. 76
--- Upside Down, p. 77
--- Preedle Proddle, p. 78
--- Place to Be, p. 79
--- The Pets, pp. 80-81
--- One of the Family, p. 82
--- Morningtown Ride, p. 83
--- Johnny Built a House, pp. 84-85
--- In Bethlehem, pp. 86-87
--- I Live in a City, p. 88
--- Eight Candles, p. 89
--- Count Ten, pp. 90-91
--- Black Horse, pp. 92-93


 
4.
The Muse of Parker Street. New York: Oak Publications, copyright 1967. 96 pp. foreword by Malvina Reynolds; illustrations by Jodi Robbin; music editor and scribe, Claire Shallit.

--- Born in the Town, pp. 10-11
--- Singin Jesus, pp. 12-13
--- The Money Crop, p. 13
--- The Delinquent, pp. 14-15
--- Run, Run, the Tree Is Falling, pp. 16-17
--- The Falling of the Tree, pp. 18-19
--- The Lambeth Children O, pp. 20-21
--- Ring Like a Bell, p. 22
--- God Bless the Grass, p. 23
--- I Believe, pp. 24-25
--- This House Is Your House, p. 25
--- The Man Says Jump, p. 26
--- No Hole in My Head, p. 27
--- Bitter Rain, pp. 28-29
--- A Short History of Warfare, p. 29
--- The Devil's Baptizin, pp. 30-31
--- I Don't Mind Failing, p. 32
--- The Highway, p. 33
--- We Can Stop Here, p. 34
--- The New Restaurant, p. 35
--- The Cement Octopus, pp. 36-37
--- The Day the Freeway Froze, pp. 38-39
--- Seventy Miles, pp. 40-41
--- I Don't Understand, p. 41
--- It Isn't Nice, pp. 42-43
--- What's Goin On Down There, pp. 44-45
--- The Little Red Hen, pp. 46-47
--- The Boy Salutes, p. 48
--- Jail House Buddy, p. 49
--- Rail Birds, pp. 50-51
--- Don't Push Me, p. 52
--- They've Got Everything, p. 53
--- The Bloody Neat, p. 54
--- Money Blues, p. 55
--- Where Did My Money Go?, pp. 56-57
--- Mrs. Clara Sullivan's Letter, pp. 58-59
--- I Lived Through This Day, pp. 60-61
--- Sleep, Come On By, p. 62
--- A White and Orange Aeroplane, p. 63
--- Red Bird, pp. 64-65
--- Jeannie, p. 65
--- The Tour of the Irish Fusiliers, pp. 66-67
--- Shaggy Baggy Man, p. 68
--- I Don't Care About You, p. 69
--- Uneasy Dreams, p. 70
--- Say Something Nice, p. 71
--- The Corners of Your Mind, pp. 72-73
--- This Dream I Have, p. 73
--- The Soul of an Onion, p. 74
--- Never Argue with a Bee, p. 75
--- The Good Ship O'Connor, pp. 76-77
--- Down to Hanson's, pp. 78-79
--- Jenny Appleseed, pp. 80-81
--- All Over Everything, p. 82
--- Little Kids, p. 83
--- Judy's Song, pp. 84-85
--- Inscriptions on a Ginger Jar (poems), pp. 86-93


 
5.
Cheerful Tunes for Lutes and Spoons: Youngish Songs. Berkeley, CA: Schroder Music Company, copyright 1970. 42 pp. introductory words by Malvina Reynolds; illustrations by Jodi Robbin; piano arrangements by Claire Shallit.

--- Griddle Cakes, p. 1
--- All Over Everything, pp. 2-3
--- Magic Penny, pp. 4-5
--- Beetle Bottle Bush, pp. 6-7
--- Magical Song, pp. 8-9
--- Black Horse, pp. 10-11
--- Little Birds, pp. 12-13
--- What Time Is It?, pp. 14-15
--- Let It Be, pp. 16-17
--- Wheels, pp. 18-19
--- You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out, pp. 20-21
--- Don't Drop the Box, pp. 22-23
--- Johnny Built a House, pp. 24-25
--- The Girls from the Oyster House, pp. 26-27
--- Kennebunkport, pp. 28-29
--- Let Us Come In, pp. 30-31
--- I've Got a Song, pp. 32-33
--- Early in the Morning, p. 34
--- Many Colors, p. 35
--- When Papa Plays Accordion, pp. 36-37
--- Artichokes, p. 38
--- Non-Ads, p. 39
--- Funny Bug Basin, pp. 40-41


 
6.
The Malvina Reynolds Songbook. Berkeley, CA: Schroder Music Company, 1974. 96 pp. 2nd enl. ed., 1974, 104 pp.; 3rd ed., 1974, 103 pp.; 4th rev. enl. ed., 1984, 112 pp. illustrations by Emmy Lou Packard; book design by Ruth Burnstein; cover photo by Alejandro Stuart; music edited by William Newman.

4th rev. enl. ed.:
--- The Albatross, pp. 4-5
--- Backyard Blues, pp. 6-7
--- The Ballad of Robban's First Ride, pp. 8-9
--- The Battle of Maxton Field, pp. 10-11
--- Bury Me in My Overalls, pp. 12-13
--- The Cement Octopus, pp. 14-15
--- The Bloody Neat, p. 16
--- Daddy's in the Jail, p. 17
--- The Day the Freeway Froze, pp. 18-19
--- The Desert, pp. 20-21
--- The Devil's Baptizin, pp. 22-23
--- Dialectic, pp. 24-25
--- The Emperor's Nightingale, pp. 26-27
--- Fantastic Man, p. 28
--- God Bless the Grass, p. 29
--- The Faucets Are Dripping, pp. 30-31
--- The Fragile Sea, pp. 32-33
--- From Way Up Here, pp. 34-35
--- Green Shadows, pp. 36-37
--- I Don't Have Anything, p. 38
--- I Wish You Were Here, p. 39
--- It Isn't Nice, p. 40
--- Let It Be, p. 41
--- Let Them Eat Cake, pp. 42-43
--- Little Boxes, pp. 44-45
--- The Little Red Hen, pp. 46-47
--- The Money Crop, pp. 48-49
--- Magic Penny, p. 50
--- Mrs. Clara Sullivan's Letter, p. 51
--- The New Restaurant, p. 52
--- No Hole in My Head, p. 53
--- No Room, pp. 54-55
--- On the Rim of the World, pp. 56-57
--- The Pied Piper, pp. 58-59
--- Quiet, pp. 60-61
--- Morningtown Ride, p. 62
--- Rand Hymn, p. 63
--- Rosie Jane, pp. 64-65
--- Singin Jesus, pp. 66-67
--- Skagit Valley Forever, pp. 68-69
--- Somewhere Between, pp. 70-71
--- There'll Come a Time, pp. 72-73
--- There's a Bottom Below, p. 74
--- This House Is Your House, p. 75
--- This World, p. 76
--- Tokyo Farewell, p. 77
--- Tungsten, pp. 78-79
--- Turn Around, pp. 80-81
--- Uneasy Dreams, p. 82
--- The Walker Outside, p. 83
--- We Can Stop Here, pp. 84-85
--- We Hate to See Them Go, pp. 86-87
--- The Whale, pp. 88-89
--- What Have They Done to the Rain, p. 90
--- Wheels, p. 91
--- World Gone Beautiful, pp. 92-93
--- You'll Be a Man, pp. 94-95
--- If You Love Me, p. 96
--- Look on the Sunny Side, p. 97
--- Carolina Cotton Mill Song, pp. 98-99
--- The Little Mouse, pp. 100-101
--- Mario's Duck, pp. 102-103
--- Patchwork of Dreams, pp. 104-105
--- We Don't Need the Men, pp. 106-107
--- World in Their Pocket, pp. 108-109
--- The Last Time, p. 110
--- I Cannot Sleep, p. 111


 
7.
There's Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young. Berkeley, CA: Schroder Music Company, copyright 1976. 95 pp. introductory words by Malvina Reynolds; illustrations by Elly Simmons; book design by Ruth Burnstein; music edited by Janet Smith; consultant, Muriel Smock-Miller.

--- The Alameda Mountains, pp. 6-7
--- Artichokes, pp. 8-9
--- All Over Everything, p. 10
--- Everybody Says, p. 11
--- Black Horse, pp. 12-13
--- The Desert, pp. 14-15
--- Don't Push Me, pp. 16-17
--- Eight Candles, pp. 18-19
--- The Faucets Are Dripping, pp. 20-21
--- From Way Up Here, pp. 22-23
--- Galaxy, pp. 24-25
--- Early in the Morning, p. 26
--- God Bless the Grass, p. 27
--- Green Shadows, p. 28
--- Griddle Cakes, p. 29
--- I Live in a City, pp. 30-31
--- If You Love Me, pp. 32-33
--- If You Want a Friend, p. 34
--- It's Up to You, p. 35
--- I've Got a Song, pp. 36-37
--- Jenny Appleseed, pp. 38-39
--- Johnny Built a House, pp. 40-41
--- Kennebunkport, pp. 42-43
--- The Lambeth Children, p. 44
--- Magical Song, p. 45
--- Let It Be, pp. 46-47
--- Let Us Come In, pp. 48-49
--- Little Boxes, pp. 50-51
--- Magic Penny, pp. 52-53
--- Morningtown Ride, pp. 54
--- Never Argue with a Bee, p. 55
--- My Street, pp. 56-57
--- Never Touch a Singing Bird, pp. 58-59
--- The New Restaurant, pp. 60-61
--- Non-Ads, pp. 62-63
--- Nothing to Say, p. 64
--- Place to Be, p. 65
--- The Pets, pp. 66-67
--- Pea Soup Song of Billings, Montana, pp. 68-69
--- Preedle Proddle, p. 70
--- The Rigatoni Song, p. 71
--- Quiet, pp. 72-73
--- Ring Like a Bell, pp. 74-75
--- Run, Run the Tree Is Falling, pp. 76-77
--- Skagit Valley, pp. 78-79
--- Sweet Stuff, p. 80
--- There's Music in the Air, p. 81
--- There'll Come a Time, pp. 82-83
--- Turn Around, p. 84
--- Timing Nancy's Nap, p. 85
--- The Whale, pp. 86-87
--- What Have They Done to the Rain?, pp. 88-89
--- What Time Is It?, pp. 90-91
--- Wheels, pp. 92-93
--- You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out, pp. 94-95


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