American Old Time Song Lyrics: 48 If We Only Had It Now

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 48

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Copyright, 1894, by Louis Haas.
Words and Music by Harry S. Miller.

We were wealthy, that's once upon a time;
Money, we had the stuff for sale:
Spent a fortune in every foreign clime,
We had so much 'twas always getting stale.

If we only had it now, just a little of it now,
How the swells with envy would gaze;
We drive a four-in-hand, be the gayest in the land,
And 'mong the belles we'd be the swells.
If we only had it now, just a little of it now,
in society be the grace,
We'd cut a figure, too, up on Easy Avenue-
If we only had it now.

Went to London about forty times a year,
Had a steamer of our own:
We were really just sixty carat clear,
And always had a palace for a home.-Chorus.

Queen Victoria's been sorry ever since,
She didn't take us for to raise:
We could easily been made a duke or prince,
Because we had so many winning ways.- Chorus.

Wine and brandy, we floated ships in that-
Nothing was good enough for us;
All our trunks they were lined with sealskin sacques,
There's no use now of making any fuse.- Chorus.

We were models upon the fashion plates,
Still the ladies on us dote;
All our shoes were imported by the crate,
With in soles made of fifty-dollar notes.- Chorus.

No use knocking, them good times now are o'er;
Diamonds, we pave the streets with them;
Brownstone mansions, we gave them to the poor,
Because we had too many to contend.-Chorus.
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