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(Eddie Jefferson?)

It was a long time ago,
A second lieutenant named Spears
Returned to the States
After being overseas three years
His wife said, "Welcome home, dear,
But since you've been gone, you see
We've been blessed with this darling baby,
And a cute little one is he."

She took that baby in her arms
She said, "Benny is his name."
He said, "I've been gone away three years,
Darling can you please explain?
So I won't feel so down,
Tell me, where did little Benny come from?"

Every time he'd ask, she's say, "Benny's from heaven."
You're right, she'd repeatedly say, "Benny's from heaven."
He said, I've asked all the neighbors that come around
No one can seem to remember Benny comin' down.
Now about a little thing thing like this,
I wouldn't bother;
But one thing I know about children,
They've got to have fathers.
And when I look at Benny, I can plainly see,
That Benny must be from heaven,
'Cause he darn sure ain't from me."

[meaningful instrumental break, a pause for reflection]

[original version]
Every time it rains,
Pennies from heaven.
Don't you know each cloud contains
Pennies from heaven.
You'll find your fortune
Falling all over town.
just be sure that your umbrella
Is upside down.

Trade them for a package
Of sunshine and flowers.
If you want the things you love,
You must have showers.
So when you hear it thunder,
Don't run under a tree,
There'll be pennies from heaven,
For you and me.

Parody of "Pennies from Heaven," "Pennies," by Johnny Burke(w) and Arthur Johnst
on(m), was published in 1936.
"Benny's" was transcribed from a CD by Harmonious Wail, who learned the song fro
m a Eddie Jefferson (1918-1979). Jefferson's is the earliest-known recording of
the parody, and he may be the author.
Also recorded by Peter Ostroushko on "Buddies of Swing."

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