Tiny Little Fingerprints

Lyrics by Charlie Tobias and Charles Newman, and Music by Sam H. Stept (1935)

Sweetest little feller
See him there he stands
Sweetest little feller
With those dirty hands
Wherever he may be
I know that I will see

Chorus:
Tiny little fingerprints are all around the house
Fingerprints of chocolate and jam
Tiny little mischief-maker, busy as a mouse
But still he’s mother’s precious lamb
Tiny little fingerprints up on window pane
On the door and more upon the chair
What’s the good of scolding when it seems to be in vain
For I can always find them there
Tho’ thngs begin to tumbele as he toddle along
I have no right to grumble
“The King can do no wrong”

Tiny little finger prints mean everything to me
Every one a little work of art
Tiny little fingerprints that heaven meant to be
Forever printed on my heart

10 Responses to Tiny Little Fingerprints

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  2. Joanne Kroll says:

    I need the lyrics to Tiny Little Fingerprints. My mother sang this to me when I was a baby and she sang it to all of her grandchildren, now it is my turn and I just found out I am about to be a grandmother for the first time. Would love to have the lyrics, I do remember some but not sure all. Please help!!!

  3. Joanne, I add lyrics to the site, as I find them – and I haven’t found them yet for this song – but maybe someday?

  4. Adriena Cherry says:

    Help! I am also looking the the lyrics to “Tiny Little Fingerprints”. My mother sang this to me as well, when I was a baby, and now that I am about to become a first time grandmother, I would like to learn the song to sing it to my grandbaby. I know the first line is: Tiny little fingerprints are all around the house, fingerprints of chocolate and jam.” I can only remember fragments of the rest. I would appreciate it greatly if anyone can help. I think this song came out in the mid 1930′s. Thanks!

  5. Tess Thomas says:

    Here is the closest I have come to finding the lyrics myself….my Gram used to sing it to all her babies, grandbabies and great-grandbabies – since she is gone I have no idea how to find the rest of them – my mom cant remember them all but here is the very little bit I found on this ebay article…

    Tiny little fingerprints are all around the house, fingerprints of chocolate and jam. Tiny little mischief maker, busy as a mouse, but still he’s mother’s precious lamb….

    If you happen to find the rest – could you please email me? Thank you and God Bless!!

  6. Linda Barclay says:

    I have the following lyrics. I have been searching for the song, music because I can’t remember exactly how it went. I got these lyrics from sheet music I found on ebay. I can’t read music though but here are the lyrics. If you want a copy of the sheet music let me know and I can scan and send to you. I can only remember the chorus sung by my grandmother, which seems the case for most of you. Lyrics are by charlie Tobias and Charles newman, music by sam H stept.

    Sweetest little feller, see him there he stands,
    Sweetest little feller, with those dirty hands,
    Wherever he may be, I know that I will see
    Chorus;
    tiny little fingerprints are all around the house, Fingerprints of chocolate and jam.
    Tiny little mischief maker, busy as a mouse But still he’s mother’s precious lamb.
    Tiny little fingerprints up on window pane, On the door and more upon the chair;
    What’s the good of scolding when it seems to be in vain For I can always find them there.
    Tho’ thngs begin to tumbele as he toddle along, I thave no right to grumble, “the King can do no wrong.”

    Tiny little finger prints mean everything to me, Everyone a little work of art, Tiny little fingerprints that heaven meant to be forever printed on my heart.

  7. Thank you Linda! I added the lyrics above.

    I think you made several people happy today!

  8. Lew says:

    I would appreciate a copy of the sheet music. My mom used to sing this song to me and my daughter wants me to sing to her 2 year old. I remember some of the tune but not all. I can read music so it would be great to get a copy. Would appreciate whatever you could do and thanks in advance.

  9. Lew, I would suggest trying eBay for the sheet music!

  10. Ignacio Ceja says:

    I heard this song yesterday, for the first time, on the 1920′s radio network. I had heard Ruth Etting’s “Ten Cents A Dance” while playing Bioshock 2, and had since purchased that song on iTunes. I was delighted to find another gem from Ms. Etting. It’s both odd and interesting to see how the past makes its way into the present. I’m glad of this, because so many good things of the past fall away and are forgotten, and it’s nice when such treasures are resurrected and enshrined in the present cultural awareness.

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