I Can't Give You Anything But
Rose Murphy Lyrics


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Gee, but it's tough to be broke, kid.
It's not a joke, kid, it's a curse.
My luck is changing, it's gotten from
simply rotten to something worse
Who knows, some day I will win too.
I'll begin to reach my prime.

Now though I see what our end is,
All I can spend is just my time.

I can't give you anything but love, baby.
That's the only thing I've plenty of,baby.

Dream awhile, scheme awhile
We're sure to find

Happiness and I guess
All those things you've always pined for.

Gee I'd like to see you looking swell, baby.
Diamond bracelets Woolworth doesn't sell, baby.

Till that lucky day you know darned well, baby.
I can't give you anything but love.

Rome wasn't built in a day, kid.
You have to pay, kid, for what you get.
But I am willing to wait, dear,
Your little mate, dear, will not forget.

You have a lifetime before you.
I'll adore you, come what may.

Please don't be blue for the present,
When it's so pleasant to hear you say

I can't give you anything but love, baby.
That's the only thing I've plenty of,baby.

Dream awhile, scheme awhile
We're sure to find

Happiness and I guess
All those things you've always pined for.

Gee I'd like to see you looking swell, baby.
Diamond bracelets Woolworth doesn't sell, baby.





Till that lucky day you know darned well, baby.
I can't give you anything but love.

Overall Meaning

The song "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby" is a lamentation of a man with no money to offer his partner. He expresses his frustration with being broke, and acknowledges that his financial situation is not a joke but a serious curse. However, he is optimistic that his luck will change someday, and he will reach his prime. Despite everything, his love for his partner is unwavering, and the only thing he can give her is his love. He assures her that they will find happiness and all the things she desires if they dream and scheme together.


The song's lyrics discuss the struggles of being poor, the hope for a better future, and the power of love. This timeless message has resonated with audiences for decades, making this song a classic. Interestingly, "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby" was originally composed by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh in 1928 as a theme song for a revue called 'Blackbirds of 1928'. It was introduced by Adelaide Hall, who also recorded the song.


Line by Line Meaning

Gee, but it's tough to be broke, kid.
Being poor is really hard.


It's not a joke, kid, it's a curse.
It's not funny, it's a serious problem.


My luck is changing, it's gotten from simply rotten to something worse
Things are going from bad to worse.


Who knows, some day I will win too.
Maybe someday things will turn around for me as well.


I'll begin to reach my prime.
I'm hopeful that my luck will change and my life will improve.


Now though I see what our end is,
I understand that we don't have much of a future together.


All I can spend is just my time.
I don't have any money to spend on us, all I can offer is my time and attention.


I can't give you anything but love, baby.
All I can offer you is my love.


That's the only thing I've plenty of,baby.
Love is the only thing I have in abundance.


Dream awhile, scheme awhile, we're sure to find happiness
Let's dream and plan together, and we'll eventually find happiness.


And I guess all those things you've always pined for.
We'll also be able to get all the things you've always wanted.


Gee I'd like to see you looking swell, baby.
I want to see you happy and thriving.


Diamond bracelets Woolworth doesn't sell, baby.
I want to give you something special and valuable.


Till that lucky day you know darned well, baby.
Until I'm able to provide those things for you, you understand that all I have to offer is my love.


Rome wasn't built in a day, kid.
Things take time to build and achieve.


You have to pay, kid, for what you get.
You have to work hard and make sacrifices to achieve your goals.


But I am willing to wait, dear, your little mate, dear, will not forget.
I'm willing to wait and work hard to create a better future for us.


You have a lifetime before you.
We have a long future ahead of us.


I'll adore you, come what may.
I'll love you no matter what happens in our lives.


Please don't be blue for the present, when it's so pleasant to hear you say
Don't be sad in the moment, because it's nice just to hear you talk.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, MEMORY LANE MUSIC GROUP
Written by: DOROTHY FIELDS, JIMMY MC HUGH

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pgh45rpms

Rosie accompanys herself at the piano. Such talent!

Jenny Fraley

beautiful

Gina Walker

So amazingly strange. I give my cats Chee Chee biscuits. My boyfriend her mothers name, Rose Murphy. She died when her daughter was 5. I come from Saschacua Cree, and I have never heard this woman. This is scary. My cats make her brrwa noises when they need love. Honest Injin. I need CheeChee now. How could this be? I am called The Cat. Because I have green eyes. I was helping my fellas mother, to find out about her Mother same name. Sherlock Holmes was right or wrong. Rule out the impossible, and whatever is implausable must be taken as the truth. Bloody Heck!

Len Berg

Sounds like frankie valli

sstavsky

I had the exact same thought. Perhaps this is who Valli fashioned himself after when he did his Wonder Who recordings like "Don't Think Twice."

Victoria Goodwin

does this even count as singing lol

Len Berg

🤣🤣🤣

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