Usually, if a song is stuck in my head, I play it here to exorcise it from my own mind and drop an earworm in your heads! No … no thanks are necessary … it is my pleasure! Tonight, as I was cooking supper (a casserole that was rather a disappointment), I found myself whistling (I sing only when I am at peace and content, other times I whistle) this song from The Wizard of Oz. Now, to be sure, I had no thoughts of playing it here, but now it is midnight and the bloomin’ song is still stuck in my head, threatening to invade my sleep! I am seriously considering watching the whole movie, as it is one I always enjoy, and I need a little break from “all things political”.
Now, you may wonder how this song came to be stuck in my head, as I haven’t heard it since … oh, probably the late 2000s. Well, at least 13 times today I have done something so totally stupid that I had to stop, smack meself upside the head, and call meself a name. I seem to have taken my stupid pill this morning! No, I’m not going to tell you of my lunacy … I will only say that throwing away a perfectly good plate and silverware was the least of it. No worries, I retrieved them from the trash quickly enough, and luckily Miss Goose was in the house when I locked myself out of it. She kindly let me in.
This tune was used three times in the movie, once as If I Only Had a Heart, sung by the Tin Man (played by Jack Haley, who replaced Buddy Ebsen due to a makeup-induced illness). The other rendition was If I Only Had the Nerve, sung by the Cowardly Lion (played by Bert Lahr).
If I Only Had A Brain
I could while away the hours
Conferrin’ with the flowers,
Consulting with the rain;
And my head I’d be a scratchin’
While my thoughts are busy hatchin’
If I only had a brain.
I’d unravel ev’ry riddle for my
In trouble or in pain
With the thoughts that you’ll be thinkin’
You could be another Lincoln
If you only had a brain.
Oh, I, could tell you why
The oceans near the shore
I could think of things I’d never
And then I’d sit down and think some more.
I would not be just a muffin’,
My head all full of stuffin’,
My heart all full of pain;
And perhaps I’d deserve you and be
Even worthy even you
If I only had a brain.
Songwriters: E Harburg / E.Y. Harburg / Harold Arlen
If I Only Had A Brain lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC