Track Title: Wonderful U.S.A. (aka 'Your Wonderful U.S.A.')
Prime Artist: Olin Howland
Lyrics by: Ira Gershwin (b. Israel Gershvin)
Lyrics by: Arthur Francis (pseudonym for Ira Gershwin)
Music by: Paul Lannin
From the Show: Two Little Girls In Blue 1921 (S)
Your institutions are meritorious;
They're glorious-I think.
I've not a thing to say that is censorious
Except on the question of drink,
Except on the question of drink.
I've taken a fancy to the U.S.A.,
Despite the fact the Volstead Act
Is driving me away.
A pitcher of H2O fills me with woe;
And sarsaparilla and ginger ale
And lemonade all seem to fail.
You keep on drinking to no avail
In your wonderful U.S.A.
Your girls are all exceedingly imperial,
Imperial to see.
Besides them all the others look funereal;
To my heart they've all won the key.
They're all just as sweet as can be.
I've taken a fancy to the U.S.A.
I can't forget the girls I met,
So charming and so gay.
And if I could have my way, I'd like to stay.
But I'm afraid it can never be,
For far away, across the sea,
My twenty wives are expecting me
From your wonderful U.S.A.
Contributed by Carlene Bogle