Prime Artist: Unknown
Lyrics by: Arthur Francis (pseudonym for Ira Gershwin)
Lyrics by: Ira Gershwin (b. Israel Gershvin)
Music by: Vincent Youmans
From the Show: For Goodness Sake 1922 (M)
When I am sad and grave,
Some good advice that mother gave
Comes flashing through my mind.
"Put on your sweetest smile,"
She said. "Just wear it all the while,
And leave your frowns behind.
For you can make the future brighter,
Your burden lighter,
If you'll but try."
So when I chance to meet
Old Trouble walking down the street,
I simply pass him by.
For after all, our journey's far too short
To give to rainy days a second thought-
To waste our time on people of his sort.
Though life to me just seems to be
A stretch of miles where sunny smiles
Are few-What I care!
Though neighbors say I'm somewhat gay
And rather like a Lucky Strike
Or two-What I care!
Though jealous wives delight to tell of
The wicked spell of my baby stare-
While I have you or someone who
Can make me glad when I am sad
And blue-What I care!
Contributed by Carlene Bogle