I Can't Give You Anything But Love
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

In Rose Murphy's "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," the singer laments the difficulties of being broke and unable to provide luxuries for her beloved. She describes her luck as having gone from simply rotten to something worse, but she remains optimistic that someday she will reach her prime and be able to give her partner everything they desire. For now, all she can offer is love, which she has in abundance.


The lyrics depict a classic struggle of poverty and the desire for material wealth, but also emphasize the importance of love and finding happiness in the present moment. The singer acknowledges that Rome wasn't built in a day, and that hard work and patience are necessary to achieve success. She reassures her partner that despite the current limitations, she will always adore them and remain committed to their future happiness.


The song is a timeless classic and has been covered by countless artists over the years. It has been used in films and television shows, and its message of love and optimism continues to resonate with audiences today.


Line by Line Meaning

Gee, but it's tough to be broke, kid.
Being broke is difficult and unpleasant.


It's not a joke, kid, it's a curse.
Being broke is not a laughing matter, it's a negative force affecting one's life.


My luck is changing, it's gotten from simply rotten to something worse
The singer's circumstances have gone from bad to worse.


Who knows, some day I will win too. I'll begin to reach my prime.
The artist is optimistic that their circumstances will improve, and they will reach their potential.


Now though I see what our end is, All I can spend is just my time.
The artist doesn't have much to offer beyond their time.


I can't give you anything but love, baby. That's the only thing I've plenty of,baby.
The singer has limited material possessions, but they have an abundance of love to offer.


Dream awhile, scheme awhile, We're sure to find Happiness and I guess All those things you've always pined for.
The singer encourages the listener to dream and scheme with the belief that they will eventually find the happiness they desire.


Gee I'd like to see you looking swell, baby. Diamond bracelets Woolworth doesn't sell, baby.
The artist desires to see the listener happy and well-dressed, even if they cannot afford to buy expensive things.


Till that lucky day you know darned well, baby. I can't give you anything but love.
Until the artist's circumstances change, all they can offer is their love.


Rome wasn't built in a day, kid. You have to pay, kid, for what you get.
Success takes time, effort, and investment.


But I am willing to wait, dear, Your little mate, dear, will not forget.
The singer is willing to wait for success and assures the listener that they won't forget them in the meantime.


You have a lifetime before you. I'll adore you, come what may.
The artist will love and support the listener regardless of the obstacles they may face in the future.


Please don't be blue for the present, When it's so pleasant to hear you say
The singer doesn't want the listener to be sad now, when it's nice to hear them speak.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh

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