ALLAN SHERMAN


When I Was A Lad Lyrics

When I was a lad, I went to Yale
And I knew then that I could never fail
For I studied very hard and furthermore
I polished up the apple for the professor
(He polished up the apple for the professor)

I polished up the apple so frequently
That soon I had a Phi Beta Kappa Key
(He soon had a Phi Beta Kappa key
From polishing the apple very frequently)

On graduation day, I made a stop
At a very exclusive clothing shop
I opened up a charge account and asked them for
The best grade flannel in the clothing store
(The best grade flannel in the clothing store)

That suit was a part of a great intrigue
For it proved I was a member of the Ivy League
(It was part of a great intrigue
For it proved he was a member of the Ivy League)

Then I got a crew cut and a sincere tie
And for my first job I did apply
A job in an advertising agency
Sharpening the pencils of a big VP
(Oh, he honed a lot of pencils for a big VP)

I sharpened all the pencils so pointedly
That now I am a partner in the agency
(He sharpened all the pencils so pointedly
That now he is a member of the agency)

I kept my ears open and my big mouth shut
And I learned all the agency's scuttlebutt
I learned who was going out with whom
And who had the keys to the powder room
(And who had the keys to the powder room)

For the keys to the powder room you see
Is the key to the structure of the agency
(The keys to the powder room is the key
To the structure of the agency)

I worked real hard for the dear old firm
I learned most every advertising term
I said to the men in the dark gray suits
"Let's run it up the flagpole and see who salutes"
(Let's run it up the flagpole and see who salutes)

I ran it up the flagpole perfectly
So now I am a partner in the agency
(He ran it up the flagpole perfectly
So now he is a partner in the agency)

Now, I have a big office at the end of the hall
With very fancy carpeting from wall to wall
I keep my mouth open and I keep my ears shut
And I've got a little palace in Connecticut
(And he's got a little palace in Connecticut)

So, I thank old Yale, and I thank the Lord
And I also thank my father who was Chairman of the Board
(And he's grateful to his father
Yes, he's grateful to his father
Yes, he's grateful to his father
Who was Chairman of the Board)

Songwriter(s): Allan Sherman, Sherman, Busch
Copyright: Burning Bush Music, WB Music Corp.
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