I’ve Got the Nerve to Be in Love (Harold Rome)

“I’ve Got the Nerve to Be in Love” Sheet Music (pdf).
“I’ve Got the Nerve to Be in Love” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Harold Rome.
Tune: Harold Rome.


[♀] Some folks say love’s just a luxury,
But I’m afraid I don’t agree.
What’s good enough for Woolworth heirs
And debutantes and millionaires
And kings and queens and people such as
Edward Windsor and his duchess
Is good enough for me.
I haven’t got a chauffeur: no limousine to roam in.
And Miss Eliz’beth Arden don’t work on my abdomen.
That may be so, but why should I deny myself a try at love?
I haven’t got a wardrobe: no gowns and rings that glisten.
No penthouse on the river, I’ve just a hall to kiss in.
That may be so, but still
I’ve got the crust to want the thrill of love.
I prefer to stay away from Newport and the gay
Society affairs.
Sewing underwear all day don’t give much time to play
With millionaires.
Who cares?
I haven’t got an outfit for riding on the horses.
My lunch is very simple: I’ve cut out all the courses.
That may be true of me, but still
I’ve got the nerve to be in love with you.

[♂] I buy my things at Woolworth’s: no charge account at Sak’s.
I never have to juggle reports of income taxes.
That may be so, but why should I deny myself a try at love?
Don’t look for me on Broadway dressed up in tails and high hat.
The check girls at Morocco would turn away at my hat.
That may be so, but still
I’ve got a right to have a thrill of love.
No, I don’t R.S.V.P. when high society
Invites me to a dance.
Working in a shop all day don’t give much time to play
With debutantes. Fat chance!
I haven’t got an income that G-men care to question.
When market prices tumble, I don’t get indigestion.
That may be true of me, but still
I’ve got the nerve to be in love with you.

[♀] I’ve no evening gowns that swish.

[♂] I’ve got no soup and fish or great big yacht.

[♀] No prince ever was my beau.

[♂] A beauty from a show, I haven’t got. So what?

[♀♂] Our economic standing won’t need investigation.
We know that we’re included in one-third of a nation.
It’s very plain to see, but still
I’ve got the nerve to be in love with you.


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