Environmental Songbook 35 / 102

I Had an Old Coat

By Paul Kaplan

in The Folk Process by Paul Kaplan

©1985 Paul Kaplan Music ASCAP

www.paulkaplanmusic.com

Lyrics

1. I had an old coat and the coat got torn, what'll I do (what’ll I do)

I had an old coat and the coat got torn, what'll I do (what’ll I do)

I had an old coat and the coat got torn

So I cut it down and a jacket was born, and I sing every day of my life.

 

2. In a couple of years those threads got thin, what'll I do (what’ll I do) 2x

In a couple of years those threads got thin

So I called it a shirt and I tucked it in, and I sing every day of my life.

 

3. Then the sleeves wore out in the East and West, what'll I do (what’ll I do) 2x

Then the sleeves wore out in the east and west

So I pulled them off and I had a vest, and I sing every day of my life.

 

4. But the vest got stained with cherry pie, what'll I do (what’ll I do) 2x

That vest got stained with cherry pie

So I cut and I sewed 'til I had a tie, and I sing every day of my life.

 

5. And when that tie was looking lean, what'll I do (what’ll I do) 2x

And when that tie was looking lean

I made a patch for my old blue jeans, and I sing every day of my life.

 

6. And when that patch was next to nuttin', what'll I do (what’ll I do) 2x

When that patch was next to nuttin”

I rolled it up into a button, and I sing every day of my life.

 

7. And when that button was almost gone, what'll I do (what’ll I do) 2x

When that button was almost gone

With what was left I made this song, which I sing every day of my life.

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