AT THE END OF THE STREET LIVES LITTLE ANNIE MCCAY
SHE'S ABOUT 5 1/2, GIVE OR TAKE A DAY
SHE'S FRECKLED & BLONDE WITH APPLE GREEN EYES
SHE'S VERY CUTE BUT SLIGHTLY SMALL IN SIZE

SHE'S OFTEN OUTSIDE, WITH JUMP ROPE AND JACKS
WALKING HOUSE TO HOUSE AROUND THE CUL-DE-SAC
'CAN YOU COME OUT TO PLAY?' SHE'D ASK DOOR TO DOOR
SADLY SHE'D SIGH, 'NO ONE PLAYS ANYMORE'

'I DON'T UNDERSTAND. IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME?
I'M ALWAYS HAPPY AND I EASILY AGREE
I'M THOUGHTFUL & KIND, AND I'M TOLD THAT I'M BRIGHT
I DON'T UNDERSTAND...IT MUST BE MY HEIGHT!

IT'S BECAUSE I AM SMALL THAT NO ONE WANTS TO PLAY
'YOU'RE MUCH TO LITTLE!' THEY WOULD OFTEN SAY
'BUT WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE MYSELF GROW?
I'M TOLD THAT I DO, BUT IT'S MUCH TOO SLOW!'

SHE TRIED TO STRETCH BY SWINGING FROM A TREE
BUT OF COURSE YOU KNOW, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE
FOR 3 MORE INCHES, SHE'D WEAR HER MOM'S SHOES
BUT SHE OFTEN FELL DOWN GETTING A SCRAPE OR A BRUISE

AS EVERYDAY WENT BY, SHE'D TRY SOMETHING NEW
BUT SHE FINALLY GAVE UP. THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT SHE COULD DO
SHE STOPPED PLAYING JACKS AND SHE STOPPED SKIPPING ROPE
SHE NO LONGER LOOKED FOR FRIENDS, AND SHE STOPPED HAVING HOPE

LITTLE ANNIE MCCAY WAS NOW A LONELY LITTLE GIRL
HER SAD FACE LOST SOME FRECKLE AND HER HAIR LOST SOME CURL
SHE DIDN'T SEEM LIKE HERSELF, THE LITTLE ANNIE WE ALL KNEW
SHE WAS SO BUSY BEING UPSET, SHE DIDN'T REALIZE SHE GREW!

IT WAS ONLY A LITTLE, EVEN LESS THEN AN INCH
SUCH A SMALL AMOUNT THAT YOU COULDN'T PINCH
NO ONE COULD SEE IT FROM ONLY A GLANCE
THERE WAS NO VISIBLE GROWTH IN HER SHIRT OR HER PANTS

BUT SHE KNEW INSIDE THAT SHE WAS BIGGER THEN BEFORE
AND THAT IT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING, SHE WOULD GROW EVEN MORE
SO SHE WENT BACK OUTSIDE WITH HER JACKS AND ROPE
WITH HER SMILING FRECKLED FACE AND HER REGAINED HOPE!

SO USE WHAT ANNIE LEARNED TO SAVE YOURSELF TEARS
IF YOU'RE A LITTLE UNDERSIZED OR SHORT FOR YOUR YEARS
PATIENCE, YOU'LL SEE, IS A TRAIT TO BEFRIEND
YOU WILL EVENTUALLY GROW AND BE HAPPY....
THE END!