American Old Time Song Lyrics: 24 What A Wonderful World It Would Be

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What a Wonderful "World It Would Be
By John S. Gray.

If we could imagine this world full of peace,
What a wonderful world it would be;
If troubles and trials, and quarrels should cease,
What a wonderful world it would be.
If we all could get wives without temper or flaw,
Who would not give us, club nights, so much of their jaw,
If we never had heard of our mother-in-law-
What a wonderful world it would be.

Chorus.
What a wonderful world it would be, my boys,
What a marvelous world it would be,
If the mothers of wives would but sweeten our lives,
What a wonderful world it would be.

If girls lost their fancy for eating ice cream,
What a wonderful world it would he;
If busts and bustles were great as they seem,
What a wonderful world it would be.
If the ladies in street cars which one daily meets
Would but offer the gentlemen standing their seats,
In a tone and style which acceptance entreats,
What a wonderful world it would be.

Chorus.
What a wonderful world it would be, my boys,
What a marvelous world it would be;
If the girls smoked cigars on the end of the cars,
What a wonderful world it would be.

If streets of New York were respectably clean,
What a wonderful world it would be;
If aldermen were not in Canada seen,
What a wonderful world it would be.
If that sort of office which seeks out the man
Would ensure he was built upon honesty's plan,
Or place him immediately under the ban-
What a wonderful world it would be.

Chorus.
What a wonderful world it would be, my boys,
What a marvelous world it would be,
If we knew a man's faults ere with boodle he'd waltz,
What a wonderful world it would be.

If boarding-house keepers would buy better meat,
What a wonderful world it would be;
If their chickens were fit for a mortal to eat,
What a wonderful world it would be.
If the butter was weaker, the coffee more strong;
If the hash wasn't always decidedly wrong;
If they didn't put mail where it didn't belong-
What a wonderful world it would be.

Chorus.
What a wonderful world it would be, my boys,
What a wonderful world it would be,
If their eggs weren't stale as the jokes told at Yale,
What a wonderful world it would be.
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