The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 12 (April 1, 1928.)
When I Grow Up
When I grow up, like Daddie,
I know what I will do;
I'll buy a great, big engine,
And learn to drive it, too.
And every day I'll take my lunch,
And eat it on the train;
Then, if there's any of it left,
I'll bring it home again.
And I'll give it to the children,
When they meet me at the gate;
Like I always meet my Daddie,
'Cept when he's very late.
And I tell him 'bout the engine
That I'll drive, when I'm a man;
For Daddie somehow understands,
And always says I can.
But I daren't tell my Mummie,
'Cause she's other plans for me;
She thinks I'll be an artist,
Or a doctor man, you see.
Or a man who plays the music,
That my Mummie loves so well;
But I—well, me and Daddie knows—
And Daddie wouldn't tell!