Bobby Darin

If I Had My Druthers

 


      Johnny:
      If I had my druthers
      I’d druther have my druthers
      Than anything else I know.
      While you’d druther hustle
      Accumulatin’ muscle
      I’d druther watch daisies grow.
      While they’re growin’ slow an’
      The summer breeze is blowin’
      My heart is overflowin’ and so...
      If I had my druthers
      I’d druther have my druthers
      Than anything else I know.

      Robert, you think you could agree with that kind of a philosophy?

      Bobby:
      Agree?  I live it!

      If I had my druthers
      I’d druther have my druthers
      Than work anywheres at all.

      Johnny:
      Don’t nobody call.

      Bobby:
      Huuh … it ain’t that I hates it
      Why, in fact, I even contemplates it
      While watchin’ raindrops fall.
      I sits there for hours
      Developin’ my powers
      Of figurin’ how flowers gets tall.
      If I had my druthers
      I’d druther have my druthers
      Then anything else at all.

      Johnny:
      If I had my druthers
      To choose from all the others
      I’d druther be like I am.

      Bobby:
      I like you just the way you are.

      This thing called employment
      Detracts from my enjoyment
      And tightens my diaphragm.

      Johnny:
      Oh, you poor lamb!

      Whilst I’m doin’ nary
      A thing that’s necessary
      I’m happy as a cherrystone clam.

      Bobby:
      Some of my best friends are clams!

      If I had my druthers
      To choose from all the others
      I’d rather be like I am.

      Both:
      If we had our druthers
      We’d rather have our druthers
      Than anything else we know.
      Our forefathers wrote it
      And often times we quote it
      Whenever we’re feelin’ low.

      Bobby:
      Monsieur John?

      Johnny:
      As direct descendants …

      Bobby:
      We figure independence …

      Both:
      Ain’t only in Missouri and so...
      If we had our druthers
      We’d rather have our druthers
      Than anything else we know.

      Johnny:
      Why sho’ …

      Bobby:

      Huuuh …

     

      Both:

      Than anything else we know …

     

      Bobby:

      Yebo’ …

     

      Both:

      Than anything else we know …

      Enco’ …

      Than anything else we know.

     

      Bobby:

      Goodnight.

      

      Johnny:

   Leave a call.

 

 

Lyrics transcribed by Marilyn Brown and Jane Penny


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