I Can't Give You Anything But Love Baby {Harry Delmar's Revels}
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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 © SHAPIRO BERNSTEIN & CO. INC. , Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: DOROTHY FIELDS, JIMMY MC HUGH

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Comments from YouTube:

Lady Rotha

What a star! Still gives spinal chills...

Stillicidium

God, how absolutely adorable is she at the end? Thanks so much for posting this. Adelaide Hall is a treasure.

AgaPadar

The saxophone player is a colleague from the 20's, Benny Waters (1902 - 1998), one of the jazz veterans who played, even in the final years blind, nearly until his last day. His first professional gig was with the band of Charly Miller in 1918. Other bands he played and recorded with were famous one like King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, Clarence Williams and Jimmy Lunceford. I have seen him in concert two times start of the 90's, looking and playing like a much much younger man.

Lizzie Allen

I was there singing along in the audience! Never forgotten.

duyagetme

wow...thank you for this....wonderful!

Joe Maxfield

Legend!

bobinobaker

Großartig !!!

taiyang bing

Lovely.

Jay Young

Judy Garland must've spent many nights in Harlem listening to the likes of Adelaide Hall because Garland's repertory included many songs done by Hall and especially Ethel Waters.

TheAdelaidehall

Great comment...but Judy was too young to see Adelaide & Ethel in Harlem. However, as a 'Gumm Sister' Judy would have seen Adelaide in the variety theatres. Judy is on record saying that Ethel Waters was one of her influences (see Stephen Bourne's biography of Waters) and in 1960 at the London Palladium Judy found out Adelaide was in the audience, and dedicated this song to her! Adelaide told me that. 

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