Father has a business strictly second hand Everything from toothpicks to a baby-grand Stuff in our apartment came from father's store Even things I'm wearing someone wore before It's no wonder that I feel abused I never get a thing that ain't been used
I'm wearing second hand hats Second hand clothes That's why they call me Second hand Rose
Even our piano in the parlor Father bought for ten cents on the dollar Second hand pearls I'm sick of second hand curls I never get a single think that's new Even Jake, the plumber, he's a man I adore Had the nerve to tell me he's been married before!
Everyone knows that I'm just Second hand Rose From second Avenue! From Second Avenue! Nu!
One more time! Everyone knows that I'm just Second hand Rose (From second Avenue!) From what? Let's see if you know the fills! Once while strooling Through the Ritz a girl got my goat... (She nudged her friend And said oh look there goes My old fur coat) You don't need me!
Everyone knows that I'm just Second hand Rose From Second Avenue! (Ya can't beat the egg-creams!) Good! Second Avenue! (There is more between me And Fifth Avenue, I tell ya) Right! Second Avenue!