With numerous composers such as George W. Meyer, Harrk Askst, James V. Monaco, Al Piantadosi, Fred Fisher, Harry Warren, Arthur Johnston, James Hanley, Lewis F. Muir, and Milton Ager, Clark created several memorable American musical songs, including “Ragtime Cowboy Joe,” sung by Bob Roberts, The Tune Wranglers and even The Chipmunks; “He’d Have to Get Under,” sung by Al Jolson and Billy Murray; “Am I Blue,” sung first by Ethel Waters in 1929, and later performed by Billy Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald and numerous others; and Fanny Brice’s signature song, “Second Hand Rose,” later performed by Barbra Streisand.
Ev'rything from toothpicks, to a baby grand.
Stuff in our apartment, comes from Father's store,
Even things I'm wearing, someone wore before.
It's no wonder that I feel abused.
I never have 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 wearing second hand curls,
I never got a single thing that's new.
Even Jake the plumber, he's the 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.
(composer James Hanley, 1921)
Am I Blue
Was a time I was his only one
Was I gay till today
for a performance by Billie Holliday of "Am I Blue," go here: