I Wish I Were In Love Again

Rodgers & HammersteinBabes in Arms

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I Wish I Were In Love Again

Music By Richard Rodgers  Lyrics By Lorenz Hart

Dolores and Gus humorously recall the drawbacks of their former relationship, enumerating the many indignities they had endured as a couple. Introduced by Grace McDonald and Rolly Pickert in the 1937 Broadway premiere of Babes in Arms, the playful song was not included in the musical’s 1939 film adaptation. Still, it grew to be a cherished standard, recorded by Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Julie Andrews, Joni Mitchell and Audra McDonald, among others.



“I Wish I Were In Love Again” LYRICS

You don’t know that I felt good
When we up and parted.
You don’t know I knocked on wood
Gladly broken-hearted.
Worrying is through –
I sleep all night,
Appetite and health restored.
You don’t know how much I’m bored!

The sleepless nights,
The daily fights,
The quick toboggan when you reach the heights,
I miss the kisses and I miss the bites,
I wish I were in love again.

The broken dates,
The endless waits,
The lovely loving and the hateful hates,
The conversation with the flying plates,
I wish I were in love again!

No more pain,
No more strain,
Now I’m sane – but
I would rather be gaga!

The pulled-out fur
Of cat and cur,
The fine mismating of a him and her,
I’ve learned my lesson, but I wish I were
In love again!

The furtive sigh,
The blackened eye,
The words “I’ll love you till the day I die,”
The self-deception that believes the lie,
I wish I were in love again.

When love congeals
It soon reveals
The faint aroma of performing seals,
The double-crossing of a pair of heels,
I wish I were in love again.

No more care,
No despair,
I’m all there now,
And I’d rather be punch-drunk!

Believe me, sir,
I much prefer
The classic battle of a him and her.
I don’t like quiet, and I wish I were
In love again!