His Rocking Horse Ran Away
From the film And The Angels Sing
Words by Johnny Burke
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
© 1944 Paramount Music Corp.
Released on Capitol 155
Recorded March 11, 1944
Orchestra conducted by Paul Weston
Running Time: 3 mins 07 secs

I must sit down for a minute
I’m ready to fall in a heap
Willie’s been fed and I’ve tucked him in bed
Thank goodness the darling’s asleep
He’s a wonderful boy and a joy and a boon
But you should have seen him this afternoon

Bang went the bridge lamp
Down went the table
Crash went the china tray
But he said, “I couldn’t help it
My rocking horse ran away”

Rip, rip went the curtain
Wham went the window
Crunch went the new buffet
And I heard him tell his daddy,
“My rocking horse ran away”

Somehow Indians got into our front room
Our cowboy grabbed for his gun
And went boom, boom, boom, boom, boom
Slam went the screen door
Smash went the mirror
Looks like I’ll soon be gray
But he smiles and what’s the difference?
And maybe some Mother’s Day
I’ll remember when his rocking horse ran away

Got up early this morning
Wore a flimsy negligee
Had to hurry to fix the breakfast
And get daddy on his way
Figured I could get the paper
So the neighbors wouldn’t see
So I sneaked out on the porch
But very, very quietly

Wham went the dishpan
Then came a holler
Up went the neighbor’s shade
It was mother’s little darling
Out on a commando raid

Came home late from a picture
I was tired, my shoes were tight
Took off my stockings, dropped my girdle
Got undressed and pulled the light
Slipped into my nightgown
Then tiptoed across the floor
Better have a look at junior
So I peeked into his door

Clang, clang, clang went a cowbell
Wee went a whistle
I nearly had a stroke
It was mother’s precious baby
Just having his little joke

Always, just when I’m breathing a peaceful sigh
There’s G-men, coppers and robbers and “Hi-ho, Silver!”
Bam went the bookcase
Foom went the fruit bowl
Boom went the glass bouquet
But he smiles and what’s the different?
And maybe some Mother’s Day
I’ll remember when…

Bang went the lamp, down went the table
Crash went the tray, rip, rip went the curtain
Wham went a window, clang went a bell
Wee went a whistle, bam went a pan, slam went a door
On that eventful day
When his rocking horse ran away