Walkin' To Missouri

Words & Music by Bob Merrill
Recorded by Sammy Kaye, 1952 (#11)

Refrain: (Repeat after each verse)

A            A7   Bm7      D9       Cdim           A
Poor little robin walkin', walkin', walkin' to Missouri --

A           F#m     E   D9   E
He can't afford to fly.

E7    D9    E7    A           A7     
Got a penny for a poor little robin, 

Bm7      D9       Cdim          Dm6
Walkin', walkin', walkin' to Missouri --

E7    D9      Dm6      E
Got a teardrop in his eye.

  A        F#m         A6       A7 
I hope my story don't make you cry,

     D    D6    Bm       Bm7
But this birdie flew too high;

    E7   Dm6    Bm7-5   Cdim   A
He flew from his old Missouri home.

E7  A         F#m       A6   A7         D  D6     Bm    Bm7
He fell right into the city ways, like dancin' in cabarets,

     E7    D9    E7   Dm6        A
From par - ty to party he would roam.

   A      F#m        A6       A7 
He met a birdie who looked so nice,

   D    D6      Bm       Bm7
A real bird of par - a - dise,

      E7   Dm6      Bm7-5 Cdim     A    Edim  E7
Good look - in' but fickle in the heart.

      A      F#m        A6       A7 
She gave him kisses and gave him sighs,

     D   D6      Bm       Bm7
But oh, how she told him lies,

        E7 Dm6    Bm7-5  Cdim      A     D9   A
'Cause she loved another from the start.

      A        F#m            A6       A7 
His dreams are battered, his feathers bent,

 D      D6    Bm     Bm7
Now he hasn't got a cent;

   E7     Dm6     Bm7-5    Cdim   A    Edim  E7
He feels like his heart is gonna break.

   A     F#m        A6    A7 
So if he ever walks up to you,

        D    D6     Bm      Bm7
Please throw him a crumb or two,

        E7  Dm6      Bm7-5      Cdim    A    D9  A7
'Cause you could have made the same mistake.

*Suggested by recent visitor George Barnett.

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