When I Grow Up

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Shirley Temple Black (born April 23, 1928), born Shirley Jane Temple, is an American film and television actress, singer, dancer, autobiographer, and former U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She began her film career in 1932 at the age of three, and in 1934, found international fame in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents. She received a special Juvenile Academy Award in February 1935, and film hits such as Curly Top and Heidi followed year after year during the mid-to-late 1930s. Licensed merchandise that capitalized on her wholesome image included dolls, dishes, and clothing. Her box office popularity waned as she reached adolescence, and she left the film industry at the age of 12. She appeared in a few films of vary… more »


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I get a terr'ble awful ache
'specially when it rains.
At first I was a 'fraidy cat
But now I know it's growing pains.
Gosh! oh gee! oh can't you see,
I'll soon be grown up tall,
So I've got to think what I will be 
When I'm no longer small.

When I grow up
In a year or two or three,
I'll be happy as can be
Like a birdie in a tree.

When I grow up
There's a lot I want to do.
I will have real dollies too,
Like the woman in the shoe!

I want to be a teacher so the children can say,
Teacher dear 
The gangs all here
With apples today.

When I grow up
I will have a big surprise,
For I'll bake the kind of pies,
That'll make you roll your eyes.
And if you see
That you need some company,
You can call me up and I'll come down
When I grow up!.

When I am sweet sixteen I'm going to a ball,
Of all the ladies there I'd like to be the best of all;
I'll wear a dress of silver and lace, they'll call me Princess Curly,
I'll be like Cinderella 'cept I won't run home so early.
I want to meet a handsome prince with a uniform of gold,
But I won't lose my slipper 'cause my tootsies might get cold.
I'll talk with queens and dance with kings like a little princess would;
If I could only do these things, I promise I'll be good.

When I am twenty-one I wish that I could look
Like the picture that I saw in a pretty story book;
A laur little girls were standing there much tinier than me
And they all carried baskets, they looked happy as can be,
Every one was smiling and having lots of fun;
I wish that I could be like that when I am twenty-one.

When I get very very old I'll stay at home all day,
But I haven't quite made up my mind,-- it's much too far away.
I think that I would like to be like the lady on the wall,
She looks so nice and comfy in her rocking chair 'n' all.
With that little cap upon her head she looks real pretty, too,
I like her long and funny dress, I like her hair, don't you?
It must be oh,-- so quiet you can hear the tick of the clock,
But it must be fun to have nothing to do but rock, and rock, and rock.

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Written by: EDWARD HEYMAN, RAY HENDERSON

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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